Aston Villa manager Dean Smith spent just under £75m this summer in bringing in new faces at Villa Park, but how are those players who left the club over the summer getting on now?

After narrowly avoiding relegation back in July, Smith sanctioned a number of exits from the club, including the likes of James Chester, Jota and Mbwana Samatta.

Looking at those departures in further detail, we assess whether or not Smith could live to regret allowing those players to leave.

Mbwana Samatta

Despite only arriving at Villa in the January transfer window, Tanzanian striker Samatta was allowed to leave for Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

Appearing five times in the Turkish Super Lig this season, the 27-year-old striker has found the back of the net twice but has not scored in his last three appearances. [Transfermarkt].


Spanish midfielder Jota has been performing well for Alaves, with one assist during his opening three games for the Basque club.

Being a regular starter for Pablo Machin’s side since arriving at the La Liga club, the 29-year-old was unfortunately sent off for a second bookable offence against Barcelona recently.

James Chester

After a loan spell with Stoke City last term, the defender is now a permanent player for the Potters and he has featured in seven of his team’s nine games so far in the 2020/21 Championship.

His performances have gained him an average match rating of 6.73 out of 10 from

Scott Hogan

Making his loan move at Birmingham City a permanent one this summer, Hogan has failed to follow up on his impressive stint with the Blues last term.

Appearing six times in the Championship thus far, the 28-year-old has yet to find the back of the net in 2020/21.

Andre Green & Orjan Nyland

Released by Villa this summer, both Green and Nyland are yet to find a permanent club, with the latter recently posting an update on his fitness as he remains sidelined through injury.