Winger Aston Villa let go for cheap now outperforming high-priced stars

Jaden Philogene
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Aston Villa's decision to offload promising young winger Jaden Philogene to Hull City last summer for a modest £5 million is starting to resemble a significant miscalculation. The 22-year-old has been a revelation in the Championship, scoring eight goals and providing six assists – a tally that would make him one of Villa's most productive attacking players this season.

The stark financial contrast makes the situation even more difficult to swallow. Philogene currently earns a staggering fourteen times less than Aston Villa's record signing, Moussa Diaby, despite trailing Diaby by only one goal contribution. This highlights the incredible value for money that Philogene could have offered had Villa decided to keep him in their ranks.

Philogene's brilliance isn't just reflected in statistics. His stunning rabona goal against Rotherham in February, a viral sensation, demonstrated his audacious technical ability and cemented his status as one of the Championship's most exciting young talents. This remarkable feat of skill showcased his confidence and flair, leaving no doubt about his potential to become a star.

While Villa shrewdly included a £15 million buy-back clause in the transfer deal, it might not be enough. Should Hull secure promotion to the Premier League, they would gain significant leverage. If a rival club offers more than £15 million, Hull can entertain those offers, leaving Villa out in the cold.

Former Villa defender Alan Hutton has been critical of Unai Emery's decision to sanction Philogene's departure, bluntly calling it the "wrong" move. With the winger's current market value already estimated to be between £10.2 million (€12 million) according to Transfermarkt, it appears Villa may have significantly undervalued their young asset.

As Jaden Philogene lights up the Championship, Aston Villa must grapple with the uncomfortable feeling of regret. The winger's form, coupled with his modest wages compared to other Villa attackers, paints a picture of a golden opportunity squandered.