6 Players That Many Fans Have Probably Forgot Played for Both Aston Villa & Norwich

Aston Villa play Norwich City on Saturday, in what is now a game of real significance for both sides.

 

The two clubs have endured a frosty relationship in recent years, following Paul Lambert's move from the Canaries to the Villans in 2012.

 

Norwich felt aggrieved about the number of players and coaching staff who swapped Norfolk for the Midlands, in the months shortly after Lambert's appointment. As a result, Norwich blocked Villa's pursuit of Wes Hoolahan a number of years ago.

 

In celebration of all the hoo-ha that has taken place between the clubs, let's take a look back at six players who played for both teams and didn't cause much controversy.

 

In fact, most people have probably forgotten they even played for the two clubs...

1. Ryan Bertrand

Yes surprisingly England international Ryan Bertrand represented both clubs on loan, whilst making his way as a Chelsea youngster.

 

The full-back played 60 games for Norwich over both the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons, the latter of which saw the club relegated to League One.

 

In actual fact, Bertrand was loaned to seven different clubs during his time at Chelsea, the sixth of which was Villa, where he played 16 matches in the latter half of the 2013/14 campaign.

2. Peter Crouch

Admittedly a little less surprising, seeing as he has played for most English teams.

 

It is common knowledge that Crouch played for Villa between 2001-2004, but what is probably less known is that he joined Norwich on loan during his three year spell in the Midlands.

 

The striker impressed enough during his 15 games in 2003/04 to earn a move to Southampton the following transfer window.

3. Carlos Cuellar

The Spaniard was a vital part of Martin O'Neill's side who finished sixth, three years in a row between 2008-2010.

 

Cuellar joined then-Premier League side Sunderland in 2012, and after a short stay at the Stadium of Light moved to the Canaries.

 

The defender's year-long spell with the club was much less successful than his stint at Villa Park, owing much to the fact he only played 10 games in his single season in a yellow shirt.

4. Grant Holt

Holt is something of a cult hero at Carrow Road, having notched 78 goals in his 168 games for Norwich (including 23 in the Premier League).

 

The striker jumped at the opportunity to reunite with former manager Paul Lambert in 2014, and spent half a season on loan at Villa

 

However, he didn't enjoy the best of times in B6, and only netted once in his ten appearances at the club.

5. Henri Lansbury

Aston Villa's current number eight is likely to start against the Canaries this weekend, a club who he was sent on loan to, whilst at Arsenal.

 

It was a much less experienced (and hairy) Lansbury who joined Norwich during the 2010/11 season.

 

The youngster played an important role in the club's promotion that year, and represented the team on 23 occassions during the campaign.

6. Chris Sutton

Sutton began his career with the Canaries, and after registering 25 goals in the 1993/94 season, earned a move to Blackburn Rovers.

 

The striker's successful career - which saw him win the Premier League and Scottish League - ended at Villa Park, where Sutton was forced to retire due to an eye injury.

 

In his short spell in the Midland's he only managed one goal, which came against Everton in November 2006.


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