Aston Villa fans fume as Sheffield United near £7m Callum Robinson deal

Aston Villa fans make their way to the stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Callum Robinson left Aston Villa after just five games and now the Preston forward is reportedly returning to the Premier League with Sheffield United.

Preston North End's Callum Robinson celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Brentford at Deepdale on October 24, 2018...

Technically speaking, Aston Villa did not let Callum Robinson join Preston North End for free in the summer of 2016. But they did pretty much give him away.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, The Lilywhites were forced to part with a compensation fee of just £170,000 when Robinson swapped Villa Park for Deepdale. Now, three years on, they are set to make a massive profit on a player who has gone from strength to strength in Lancashire.

The Mail reports that Sheffield United have won the race to sign Robinson after agreeing a fee of £7 million, potentially rising to £10 million with add-ons. The 24-year-old is now set to shatter the Blades’ transfer record.

David McGoldrick of Republic of Ireland celebrates with Callum Robinson of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA Group D Euro 2020 qualifying game between Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar...

And Aston Villa fans are left wondering, almost in unison, why on earth this bright young talent was allowed to leave for a pittance.

An academy graduate who rose through the ranks at Bodymoor Heath, Robinson made just five first-team appearances before he was deemed surplus to requirements.

Three years later, he is an established Republic of Ireland international and a forward coming off the back of a career-best 12 goal campaign in the Championship.

If Robinson steps up in the Premier League, too, this really will look like one that got away.

Callum Robinson of Aston Villa looks on during the pre season friendly between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on July 28, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.

 

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