In the last few decades and especially with the money of the big clubs in the Premier League, loan signings have become extremely prominent.
Aston Villa are no exception to this, and the Birmingham club have used the loan system to varying effect over the last decade or so.
Villa, like many other teams, have had a fall from grace in the last decade.
The one time European Cup winners are now in the second tier of the English footballing pyramid, and have struggled for success in the last ten years, helped no end by the money involved with the current ‘top six’ of the top flight.
Villa struggled to compete financially and were relegated, with a team full of youngsters and players with little experience.
Villa have had to turn to the loan market quite regularly due to the decrease in finances available, and have welcomed talent from across the world through the door on a short-term basis.
Here, we look at the top 3 loan signings Aston Villa have secured in the last 20 years.
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