Aston Villa supporters have been reasonably downbeat in recent times after seeing their side fail to get back to winning ways in the Championship on Friday night.
Steve Bruce’s men went into their encounter with Bristol City at Ashton Gate off the back of a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in their previous league game, a result which left the Villans with just one victory in their last seven league matches. And that is now one win in eight as Bruce’s side could only muster a 1-1 draw against Lee Johnson’s Robins on Friday night, with Josh Brownhill’s opener for the hosts cancelled out by Birkir Bjarnason at the end of the first half to preserve a point for Villa.
Nonetheless, there have been many frustrated Villans fans up and down the country in recent times such has been their side’s recent run of poor form, with many sincerely hoping that the new additions hit the ground running sooner rather than later in a bid to climb the table.
And after a summer in which Villa were praised for their business, some Villa fans have been looking back at past deals the club have been involved in, and while they made a £2 million loss on midfielder Carlos Sanchez, sanctioning his exit back in 2016 may well be the best £2.7 million the club have ever earned.
Ultimately, the 32-year-old made the move to Villa Park back in 2014 after a short stint at Spanish club Elche, with manager at the time Paul Lambert seemingly after greater steel and industry in the centre of his midfield.
Yet, while there were a few good performances from the Colombia international during his time in the Midlands, it was on the whole a difficult spell for the midfielder in mustering 56 appearances for the club, failing to help inspire them to safety in their disastrous 2015/16 season.
And while several players were blamed for their demise that term, Sanchez’s efforts in the middle of the park certainly didn’t go unnoticed, with the 32-year-old often unable to provide the platform needed in that midfield area – he really struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
And that is why it was slightly surprising to see Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham lure the Colombian back to the English top-flight earlier this year, especially given the error he went on to make for the Hammers against Wolves back in August was seen by Villa fans throughout his time at the club.
Ultimately, relegation in 2016 saw the Villans cut their losses by sanctioning Sanchez’s exit for £2.7 million (as per Transfermarkt), and while they thus made a £2 million loss on the £4.7 million they spent on him a few years earlier, they did extremely well to get that much for him given how ineffective he was during his time at Villa Park.
In fact, it is probably the best £2.7 million the club have earned in many a year.
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