Whisper it but maybe Steve Bruce was absolutely spot on.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail in 2017, the now-Newcastle United boss couldn’t believe that Aston Villa had let so many talented youngsters go before ever really giving them a chance to realise their true potential in claret and blue.
“How on earth we’ve let Barry Bannan leave this club on a free transfer tells you which way the club’s been over the last few years,” Bruce said.
“Everywhere I look, we’ve let good players leave the club. Barry Bannan in particular, there’s another one down the road who has just won the Premier League.”
Bruce was, of course, referring to Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton. And, in a surprise twist, the 2016 Premier League champion has now been joined at the King Power Stadium by Mitchell Clark – the young full-back who was controversially released by Aston Villa just weeks ago.
Despite earning rave reviews on loan at Port Vale last season, Villa decided that Clark, for whatever reason, had no future at the club.
But Leicester obviously feel the diminutive defender has something special, snapping up the free agent on a three-year deal, as reported by the club's official website.
And with Bannan, Albrighton and one-time Champions League winner Gary Cahill fresh in their minds, Aston Villa fans are fearing that they’ve made the same mistake yet again.
Basically another Cahill— King Deano (@reeceta07663415) July 29, 2019
Got a feeling this is going to come back and bite us I was amazed we didn’t give him another year and loan him out to a championship club for the season.— Garin Williams (@GarinWilliams) July 29, 2019
Said this when he was released tbf.— Matthew Deeming (@avfcmd81) July 29, 2019
Rave reviews out on loan then we release. Never like letting kids go until the last possible minute
Good enough for them, recent Premier League winners and an established Premier League side, but not good enough for Villa? Joke. Good luck @mitchellclark99— Dec (@KingsyAVFC) July 29, 2019
Thought it was daft of us to let him go in the first place— El (@elyshalou) July 29, 2019
No way we should have let him go !— Matt jacques (@Mattjacques2) July 29, 2019
Going to be Marc albrighton all over again. Not pleased at this— Nik Devey (@Nikdevey) July 29, 2019
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