Never really enjoying his Aston Villa experience, moaning about the weather and automatically looking for a way out from Villa Park when the club got relegated to the Championship, it’s fair to say Jordan Veretout was a bit of a flop.
His loan to Saint-Etienne helped him regain some of his reputation, helping the Ligue 1 club reach a respectable eighth, and while a permanent move to France was touted as his probable next step, the 24-year-old surprised everyone by moving to Fiorentina.
Since then, the former Aston Villa midfielder has taken Serie A by storm, and has quickly become one of Stefano Pioli’s key pieces in the club’s midfield, picking up three goals and an assist in 16 appearances.
On Tuesday, Gazzetta dello Sport look at, with Fiorentina doing so well in the Italian league, how well they did in the summer transfer market with their limited funds, and what those players are worth now.
Pipping Saint-Etienne to Veretout by offering Steve Bruce’s side €7m for the former France U21 international, the Italian outfit could now cash in on him in January if they wanted and turn a profit.
Gazzetta state that, in today’s market, the former Aston Villa midfielder could get them at least €10m, which is around the same amount the then Premier League club paid for him back in 2015.
It seems Veretout’s talent was always there, it’s just that he was never able to play to his strengths at Villa Park, and that ultimately cost the club a few million pounds.