One of Aston Villa’s biggest problems in recent times has been at left-back as Neil Taylor has struggled to ensure defensive solidity at times. And, it appears as if the Midlands club made a huge mistake back in 2015 as they offloaded Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens for absolutely nothing.
The Villans signed Stevens from Shamrock Rovers for £257k back in 2012.
He wasn’t able to make an appearance in the Premier League during his first season at the club as he only made it onto the substitutes’ bench for Aston Villa’s trip to Anfield.
His first full season at the club was slightly better as he managed to appear nine times in all competitions. He secured a permanent place in the top-flight side due to Joe Bennett’s injury and Eric Lichaj was suspended at one point, but he went on to suffer an injury which halted his progress slightly.
Sadly, the defender failed to make any inroads at Villa Park which resulted in him joining the likes of Doncaster Rovers (two times), Notts County and Northampton Town on loan.
He managed to make only nine appearances for Villa during his time at the club.
Indeed, the defender went on to join Portsmouth after being released in 2015.
Of course, letting the Irishman go has proved to be a massive mistake as he’s established himself as arguably one of the best full-backs in the Championship this season. He’s produced an incredible seven assists and one goal from left-back and has helped spearhead Sheffield United’s play-off push. Indeed, he deserves to be playing in the Premier League with his defensive and attacking ability making him an incredibly well-rounded defender.
Aston Villa fans, surely releasing Stevens could go down as one of the club’s biggest transfer mistakes in the past 10 years? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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