Back in August, Aston Villa were set to seal the £5 million signing of Bristol City defender Joe Bryan, according to Bristol Live.
At the eleventh hour, and with the left-back at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training facility, Fulham came in with a bid and Bryan opted for the Premier League instead.
The 24-year-old was confirmed as a Cottagers player on their official website moving for an undisclosed fee and the rest was history.
What a difference eight months makes.
Naturally, the fact that he opted to reject Villa didn’t go down too well with the club’s supporters.
Bryan could be in for a hot reception should the Villans fail in their promotion mission and go head-to-head with Fulham next season.
Villa really shouldn’t be so bitter though.
For large parts of the campaign, Bryan has looked way out of his depth.
Having not played in the Premier League prior to the season, it was always a risk as to whether he was up to the job.
Bryan hasn’t exactly set the top flight alight.
Villa have persisted with Neil Taylor instead and he has worked up a formidable partnership with Anwar El Ghazi down the left.
Dean Smith’s men could yet swap places in the Premier League with Fulham and they definitely dodged a bullet in not signing Bryan.