French Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne announced the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout on their official Twitter account, ending a 12 months to forget at Villa Park.
The 23-year-old never managed to maintain a starting place in the Aston Villa side due to a lack of consistency. He failed to showcase a skill-set past industry and good distribution from set pieces, ultimately flattering to deceive. Jordan Veretout became something of a scapegoat for supporters when criticising the recruitment policy, and his short-lived spell in the Midlands may have been partly the reason for a complete turnaround in transfer policy this summer.
It was his initial move to Aston Villa that made most the most telling impact in regard to the fortunes of Leicester City and the Claret and Blues. As reported by Squawka, Jordan Veretout turned down a move to Leicester in favour of Villa in the summer of 2015, citing that the Villans made more effort to procure his signature. At the time, the choice didn’t seem too costly with both sides embroiled in a relegation battle the previous season, but what transpired in 2015/16 would have been beyond many people’s wildest imaginations.
Leicester City signed N’Kolo Kante as a result of their failure to bring in Jordan Veterout (Daily Mail), and the ball-winning midfielder was talismanic as the Foxes won the Premier League title. Kante was named in the PFA Team of the Year and went on to reach the Euro 2016 final with France, but Veretout’s fortunes were slightly different, however, making just 21 Premier League starts and suffering relegation with Aston Villa.
He failed to score a top-flight goal in his time with the Midlands outfit, and made just three assists from open play. He made more unsuccessful dribbles (14) than completed ones (11) and only had a 51% success rate with his tackles. Winning just 29% of his aerial duels last season, Aston Villa supporters grew tired of a lack of influence in the middle of the park and he lost his place as a result.
The Frenchman was forced to watch his fellow countryman winning game after game with Leicester while he was booed off the pitch most weeks by Villa fans.
What could have been for Veretout…..