Aston Villa have played host to an abundance of talent over their illustrious history, and since the turn of the century have had plenty of well-known names grace Villa Park.
With these arrivals, they often have ensured that plenty of money could be made from them too.
Did Aston Villa hit the jackpot with Stewart Downing’s sale?
One man who is certainly renowned is Stewart Downing, who whilst not being the greatest player in the world, impressed enough for the Villans that it spurred Liverpool into action.
Martin O’Neill brought the relegated man in as his first signing of the 2009 summer, with the winger eyeing a spot in the World Cup squad for the following summer.
It is a testament to his somewhat underwhelming performances that he was not selected, and throughout his whole international career, he did not manage to score in 35 games. Yet still, Kenny Dalglish was keen on him.
When a player is sold for big money, there is often a quiet resignation that they will likely be going on to bigger and better things.
However, when he made the switch to Anfield, many would argue his play somehow regressed.
The only benefit he gained from the move was his League Cup win, which he had already won with the Boro.
How his career regressed after leaving suggests that Villa hit the jackpot when selling the forward when they did.