Aston Villa continue to linger in a mid-table position in the Championship and remain six points off a place in the playoffs with eleven games to go and a challenging schedule, with the Second City derby against Birmingham City to start it off, it will be a tense few months for fans at Villa Park.
Dean Smith went about making a number of changes to his Villans squad in the transfer window in January, however, things really have not improved too much for the fans and their aims of returning back to the Premier League.
One man that is thought to have tried to bring to the Midlands was Swansea City’s Leroy Fer, however, a deal appeared to break down in the final moments of Deadline Day.
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According to a report by Wales Online, it appears the Dutchman was not too keen on the switch to the club, believing it to being a move of a ‘sideways step’ of some sort, despite the club allegedly offering an attractive financial package.
At the time, it was originally understood Aston Villa had pulled out of a deal because of a hamstring injury the midfielder suffered, as the club wanted the 29-year-old to go straight into their first-team upon arrival.
With the fact that Swansea are struggling for consistency in the Championship themselves, the idea that Fer felt a move to Aston Villa would not help him necessarily achieve his aims of returning to the Premier League any earlier might be a little difficult for fans to digest.
It is true that Smith’s side have been rather hit-and-miss over the course of the campaign, however, it would have to be argued that they have a better opportunity of returning to the top-flight and are equipped with one of the better squads within the division.
The 29-year-old could have been an excellent option for the club in the middle of the field as his consistently good performances for the Swans made him an ideal candidate to help them push on with their own promotion aims.
Whilst Villa can think about ‘what could have been’ in regards to watching Fer in the Claret and Blue, fans will have been delighted with the return of Jack Grealish and the instant impact he has had.
The 23-year-old marked his first match back from a lengthy injury with a stunning goal against Derby County last weekend and will be looking to do the same when they head to Birmingham City on Sunday.
Aston Villa fans, what do you make of the claims that Fer would not have felt joining the club would have benefited his career further? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.