Jordan Amavi joined Aston Villa in the Premier League back in July 2015 and was tipped to be a crucial player at Villa Park for the West Midlands side after sealing his £9m move from Nice.
Arriving as a 21-year-old, he was potentially viewed as a long-term addition at left-back for the top-tier side, but they struggled heavily during his first campaign in England and suffered relegation to the Championship.
He made just ten appearances that season, recording two assists and failing to save his then-new club from the drop.
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Amavi did play a more important role in the following season, however, producing 34 Championship displays despite not being able to help them secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
With this, he was shipped out on loan back to France to link up with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for the 2017/18 season, opting to make that move permanent the following year to end a disappointing spell at Villa.
He received mixed reviews during his time in England, but would probably thrive in the West Midlands now with more experience under his belt.
Since his permanent exit, he has been a semi-regular player at the Orange Velodrome, but has appeared in both the Europa League and Champions League in recent seasons.
Unfortunately, the presence of Lucas Digne, Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez and Ferland Mendy is likely to keep him out of the France senior squad for the foreseeable future after representing his country at youth level.
But he still has a good platform to be a success throughout the remainder of his career in his home nation. His side’s 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the 2018 Europa League final, a game which he started in, will give him the motivation to succeed in Europe.
And with Marseille currently competing in the same competition and sitting fifth in Ligue 1 as things stand, he may have at least another couple of cracks at securing that trophy after coming so close against the Spanish side three years ago.
At 36, Ashley Young won’t be around at Dean Smith’s side forever so there’s every chance Amavi could make a return, but he would probably have to wait patiently for his chance behind Matt Targett who is currently their first-choice left wing-back.
The Frenchman would probably suit that system well though – and after being linked with a move to Arsenal and Crystal Palace in January by L’Equipe – a return to England may not be as far away as it seems.