Sheffield United's Enda Stevens points finger at himself for Aston Villa failure

General view inside the stadium priro to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on May 7, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Stevens left Aston Villa two and a half years ago and but is on his way up again with Sheffield United.

Enda Stevens of Sheffield United and Adam Hammill of Barnsley in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane on August 19, 2017 in...

Sheffield United's Enda Stevens has told the Irish Sun it is his own fault he failed at Aston Villa.

Stevens has shone since signing for the Blades from Portsmouth earlier this year, playing all but one of his new side's Championship fixtures this season and helping them to third in the table - a place and two points ahead of Aston Villa.

It was at Villa Park that the 27-year-old began his career in England in 2012, after arriving from Shamrock Rovers in his native Ireland.

But after only seven first team appearances and almost as many loan spells, Stevens found himself released three years later.

Discussing his Aston Villa departure, the left-back acknowledged: "I just put it down to myself. I don’t think I worked hard enough when I was an Aston Villa player to be an Aston Villa player.

"I obviously got in for a few games. At the top level, you’ve got to be consistent but I don’t think I was. I don’t think I was ever consistent enough to warrant a place in the team.

Defender Enda Stevens of Aston Villa controls the ball against the Houston Dynamo during the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup between Aston Villa and the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass...

"It just came to the sticky stage where I had two years left on my contract, obviously on good money.

"I didn’t warrant a move away, I didn’t warrant someone coming in and buying me. I had to sit there and bide my time and go out on loan.

"There is no room for error at the top because you make any type of mistake and there is someone to replace you.

"It’s an unforgiving league. I just got caught up with it. I went to Doncaster on loan and I enjoyed myself but I don’t think I was the type of player I wanted to be when I went on loan. Not until I went to Portsmouth did I find my identity."

Juan Iturbe of Bournemouth and Enda Stevens of Portsmouth compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Portsmouth and AFC Bournemouth at Fratton Park on...

Stevens' Sheffield United form has prompted talk of a maiden call up to the Irish national team, whose under-21 side he made three appearances for.

The Dubliner has yet to face Aston Villa in a competitive fixtures, and will get his first chance to show them what they are missing when the Blades travel to Villa Park later this month.

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