With Aston Villa’s remarkable run at the end of the season dominating many of the headlines in the Championship, it is easy to forget the disastrous signing that was Tom Carroll.
Carroll, 26, joined the club from Swansea in January on loan, but played just two games before suffering a hip injury.
After breaking through at Tottenham, Carroll looked like he was set for a career in the Premier League, and his move to Swansea had many tipping him for a good season with the Swans.
It hasn’t worked out for him though, and it leaves us wondering where his career goes from here.
At 26, he is hardly young anymore, and he must make the right move if he is to get his career back on track.
He has featured 75 times for the Swans since his January 2017 move, and is contracted until the end of 2019/20 season at the Liberty Stadium.
With all the uncertainty over the future of Graham Potter at the club, it is unclear whether it’s best for him to stay or just move on.
Potter liked him at the start of this season, giving him 13 appearances in the early months.
Sadly for Carroll, injuries riddled the later months of 2018, but the loan to Villa seemed a chance to get his career back on track.
He was recalled in April after he was ruled out for the season with another hip injury, which forced him to have surgery.
With fitness improving now though, Carroll must decide where his career is destined, as he can view next season as a new chapter.
A team at the bottom to middle of the Championship could be a good move for Carroll – someone like Blackburn or Stoke, who could be in for a midfielder this summer.
If Tom Carroll can get fit and sustain this fitness, he can restart his career next season, but right now it looks like it lacks direction and clarity.
After a couple of failed moves, the next move is the biggest of his career.