Transfer deadline day usually provides entertainment and drama for many, but at Aston Villa, considering the summer they had, it ended in a pretty quiet fashion.
After signing 12 players over the summer, with a large amount of those players coming in way before the actual season kicks off, it was thought that Villa might just add one or two more players to their squad before the deadline.
It could have been argued that Villa perhaps needed that one final attacking option – whether it be a striker or a wide player – but it wasn’t to be.
Instead, any transfer news that did come out of Villa Park was related to those leaving the club either on a temporary or permanent basis.
Perhaps for some, or even most, the most surprising news was that midfielder Birkir Bjarnason left the club by mutual consent [Villa’s official Twitter account].
The Iceland international was part of Dean Smith’s pre-season plans over the summer, but it seems as though with the addition of two more midfielders since promotion, his game time has reduced even further.
Bjarnason first arrived at the club during the January transfer window of 2017. Steve Bruce was in charge at the time, and Villa were trying to get themselves out of the Championship. Everyone knows the rest