Grealish would be jewel in crown of this Villa and City XI

Editor F365
Aston Villa

If Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish moves to Manchester City he could hope to follow in the footsteps of Stephen Ireland and Richard Dunne.

Jack Grealish may be torn between legacy and trinkets right now, but if he does decide on a move to the Etihad he certainly won’t be the first Aston Villa man who made the same switch. Here’s a team made up from Premier League players who lined up for them and Manchester City.

 

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel
Famous for his trophy-laden spell at Manchester United, Peter Schmeichel returned to the Premier League in his late 30s to play for Aston Villa and Manchester City before hanging up his gloves. Shay Given and David James provide back-up, while Scott Carson gets nowhere near the first eleven – something he’s become accustomed to at the Etihad. If you fancy a goalkeeper challenge, try naming the former Villa keeper who turned out for City in the Premier League at the age of 43.

 

Right-back: Micah Richards
Now established as an excellent and jovial pundit, Micah Richards endured a rather depressing spell at Villa Park at the end of his career with injury problems preventing the former England international from returning to the kind of form that saw him burst onto the scene for Manchester City as a teenager.

 

Centre-back: Kyle Walker
Current City star and England teammate of Grealish, Kyle Walker qualifies for this side having spent a brief period on loan to Aston Villa while on the books at Tottenham Hotspur. The Yorkshire-born defender plied his trade at Villa Park during the 2010/11 season, alongside former City players Stephen Ireland and Richard Dunne.

 

Centre-back: Richard Dunne
Speaking of Dunne, the former Irish international starts at centre-back for this side, having spent almost a decade in Manchester before making the move to Birmingham. Dunne lined up for City in the dark second-tier days but was deemed surplus to requirements in the late 2000s and went on to spend three seasons as regular at Villa Park.

 

Centre-back: Joleon Lescott
West Midlands-born
Joleon Lescott supported Aston Villa as a boy but his time at the club towards the end of his career was soured by relegation from the top flight, with criticism aimed at him from fans and pundits alike. The former England international will have much happier memories from his time at the Etihad, where he won two Premier League titles.

 

Left-back: Fabian Delph
Currently in need of a move away from Everton, Fabian Delph was once one of Aston Villa’s brightest talents, his good form under tactical mastermind Tim Sherwood resulting in a move to Manchester City. Limited opportunities in the heart of midfield at the Etihad meant Delph was used as an auxiliary left-back, which is where he’ll have to start for this side.

 

Central midfield: Gareth Barry
Another player whose impressive form at Villa Park led to a Manchester City switch, record Premier League appearance holder Gareth Barry spent 12 trophyless seasons with Villa (Intertoto Cup aside) before moving to City and adding a couple of titles to his name.

 

Central midfield: Steve McMahon
A member of England’s 1990 World Cup squad, Steve McMahon’s spells at Aston Villa and Manchester City coincided with difficult periods in the history of both clubs. McMahon arrived at Villa Park a year after the famous 1982 European Cup win, but a gradual decline saw the team relegated in 1987, alongside City. McMahon had smartly moved on to Liverpool by then, where he picked up three league titles, but made the switch to Maine Road in the early 1990s as the Citizens watched the beginnings of a golden era at rivals Manchester United.

 

Central midfield: James Milner
Useful wherever he’s been, James Milner’s Premier League-winning exploits at Manchester City and Liverpool overshadow his days at Villa Park. However, Milner’s short stay in the West Midlands saw him help Martin O’Neill’s men to two consecutive sixth-place finishes while also reaching a League Cup final.

 

Attacking midfield: Stephen Ireland
Aston Villa’s Brazilian international Douglas Luiz misses out, having never actually played for Manchester City during his time at the club, so one-time hot prospect Stephen Ireland comes into the team. Never the most reliable, if Ireland goes AWOL then a little formation shuffle would see Scott Sinclair come in.

 

Striker: Darius Vassell
Like Grealish, Darius Vassell is another Birmingham-born lad who wore the number ten shirt at Villa Park and the former England forward completes this line up having spent the early years of his career with Villa before making the move to a struggling Manchester City side in the mid-2000s.

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