Leicester - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood admits the club might live to regret releasing Marc Albrighton as they prepare to face their former winger at Leicester on Sunday.
Albrighton, who had been at Villa since he was a schoolboy, suffered the indignity of being allowed to leave on a free transfer in 2014, but has rebuilt his career impressively with Leicester.
The 25-year-old has figured in all four Premier League games so far to help his current club to third in the table after a surprising unbeaten start to the season.
Now Sherwood, who took over at Villa last season well after Albrighton's exit, says: "It is a credit to Marc he has eventually forced his way into the side on a regular basis.
"He was a wing-back last year flying up and down and he is a very fit guy. He doesn't muck around, he gets that ball into the box.
"So it is credit to him. He has taken a knock of being released from the club or being disposed of and bounced back.
"That can happen. If we had a crystal ball we would know differently but unfortunately for Villa it looks like it might not have been the correct one.
"But we can't worry about that now, it is a decision that has been made."
Albrighton has flourished in Leicester's fluid 4-2-3-1 formation and their manager Claudio Ranieri has been delighted with his impact.
"His character is important. He's a very sensible man," Ranieri said.
"I think he will play well because Marc is an intelligent man."