Jaden Philogene-Bidace looks to have a bright future at Aston Villa after rising through the youth ranks to the first-team, but his short-term loan spell at Stoke City has started to unravel after a good start. The 20-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Stoke, amassing 537 minutes of football and scoring just one goal.
Philogene-Bidace joined the Potters in January and had two substitute appearances before making five consecutive starts. He then picking up a groin injury in late-February and has only started one Championship game for City since. Unsurprisingly, the 20-year-old’s performances have started to waver as a result.
Peter Smith of StokeonTrentLive gave Philogene-Bidace a player rating of 5/10 in Stoke’s 2-1 defeat to Luton Town, 5/10 in the 1-0 defeat to Blackpool, 6/10 in City’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley, 7/10 in the 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers and 5/10 in Stoke’s 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.
The 20-year-old is regarded highly at Villa, scoring nine goals in 15 games for the U18s and having a hand in 17 goals from 27 games for the U23s, but he might not be ready for the first-team just yet. Until he’s consistently shining in the Championship, the step up to the Premier League might be too much.
Another season out on loan could do Philogene-Bidace well next season, as Philippe Coutinho, Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore currently stand his way of getting opportunities. He would need a lot of opportunities to show what he is capable of but with time no longer on his side, he may be forced to be pushed out on loan to continue his development as that could be the best option not just for him bit for the club as well so things can go better.