Jordan Amavi was brought to Villa Park in 2015 amid sky-high expectations, as the ex-Nice fullback had a reputation for his pace and impressive attacking contributions.
After two underwhelming years with Villa, the Frenchman is now excelling at Marseille, leading Aston Villa to rue the departure of the promising left back.
The French full-back’s time at Aston Villa was troubled, filled with injury and lowly league finishes.
Amavi tore his ACL in November of his first season, limiting him to just ten appearances in his debut year as Villa were relegated.
After playing 34 times for the Villains in the Championship in 2016/17, the Midlands club finished a disappointing 13th.
Marseille swooped to acquire Amavi on loan in August 2017 and quickly bought the 24-year-old on a full-time basis in October.
The former Villain has rewarded the faith of his new club, playing scintillating football ever since joining the French giants.
The French U-21 international has featured 33 times for Marseille this season while chipping in with seven assists and one goal, propelling the club to fourth place in Ligue 1 and the Europa League semifinals.
Amavi’s impressive assist tally caught the attention of one intrepid Twitter user, who observed that the Frenchman has assisted as many goals by himself as Villa full-backs Ahmed El Mohamady and Alan Hutton have combined for all season.
— Shelley (@ShelleyOzzy) April 26, 2018
The Egyptian international has contributed five assists this year while the Scot has delivered just two to date.
This startling statistic reveals how much Villa have missed their former full-back, as the Championship side would have undoubtedly been a more dangerous team with Amavi in the squad.
Villa supporters should rue the disappointing decision to allow Amavi to depart in the summer.
With the French left-back at Villa Park, the club might just have found themselves in the automatic promotion places rather than the lottery of the play-offs.