French Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne has announced the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout on their official Twitter account this summer, ending a 12 months to forget at Villa Park.
— ASSE (@ASSEofficiel) August 24, 2016
The 23-year-old never managed to maintain a starting place in the side due to a lack of consistency in the midfield, while failing to showcase a skill-set past industry and good distribution from set pieces. With Jordan Veretout flattering to deceive at Aston Villa, he became a scapegoat for supporters’ ire towards the recruitment team, and may have been one overseen a completely turnaround in transfer policy.
However, it’s his move to Aston Villa last summer that made most the most impact. As reported by Squawka, Jordan Veretout turned down a move to Leicester City in favour of Aston Villa in the summer of 2015, citing that the Claret and Blues 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 his debut season in the Premier League would have been beyond many people’s wildest imaginations.
Leicester City signed N’Kolo Kante as a result of their failure to sign Jordan Veterout (Daily Mail), and the ball-winning midfielder was talismanic as the Foxes won the Premier League. 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.
Veretout suffered relegation with Aston Villa, making 21 Premier League starts. He failed to score a 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…..