Aston Villa-linked Ryan Woods did not enjoy his previous Villans spell

General Views of Villa Park the home of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on April 13, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa are being credited with an interest in the Stoke City midfielder.

Ryan Woods of Stoke City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Bristol City at Bet365 Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

A move to Aston Villa would see the Stoke City midfielder, Ryan Woods, come full-circle.

According to the Mirror, Woods is being eyed by Aston Villa as an alternative to the Leeds United midfielder, Kalvin Phillips.

The 25-year-old played under the Villa manager, Dean Smith, and alongside the new Villans recruits, Ezri Konsa and Jota, at Brentford. 

 

And if he is to head to Villa Park it would not be the first chance he has had to do so.

Speaking to My London in 2016, Woods, who was born and raised in Staffordshire, revealed: "I actually did have a trial there (at Aston Villa) as a kid and I didn't enjoy it so that's when I went to Walsall and then Shrewsbury after that."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United...

Aston Villa's recent rise, not to mention the presence of Smith, Konsa and Jota, could cause Woods to think differently this time around, however.

Stoke are reported to have paid Brentford £6.5 million for Woods on a permanent basis in January, but he was often overlooked by the new Potters boss, Nathan Jones, in the latter stages of the campaign.

Would the Stoke man be a good addition for Aston Villa?

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