The Iceland ace was liked by much of the Aston Villa fanbase but his time at Villa Park was hampered by injuries.

When Aston Villa parted ways with Birkir Bjarnason in the summer, it was done so with a heavy heart, the player having tried his absolute best at Villa Park only for injuries and loss of form to hamper his time at B6.

The Iceland international had joined the Villans from Swiss club FC Basel in January 2017, months after helping his nation to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, winning the hearts of fans across Europe and the world.

However, Bjarnason struggled in his first 12 months at Villa Park and even considered leaving the club at one stage (The Express), though he eventually forced his way into first-team contention in 2018, helping Villa seal a playoff place.

Last season, the Icelander got a fair amount of game time early on but injuries hampered his campaign and from the end of January onwards he played just 16 minutes, according to Transfermarkt.

At the start of August, Villa confirmed they had parted company with Bjarnason, who left Villa Park having made 54 appearances in claret and blue, and as of 12 November, he is yet to link up with a new club (Transfermarkt).

Nonetheless, he continues to impress for Iceland, having featured in three games for them since leaving Villa, including the full 90 minutes against world champions France last night in Reykjavik where he put in a solid performance.

Bjarnason has recently admitted that he’s been in talks with Derby County and Stoke City about a potential return to the Championship, in quotes reported by Fotbolti.

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