Date: 4th April 2019 at 6:00am
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Former Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan has been a bit of a marmite player at Aston Villa following his arrival at the club back in the summer of 2017.

Signed for a cool £1million as a steady pair of experienced legs, the Republic of Ireland international didn’t exactly win fans over with his displays – although it’s fair to say he also became an easy target for frustrations to be vented.

His standout moment in many ways has been the penalty miss against Preston North End where a cabbage took the headlines, but that has all changed this season as the 35-year-old has rediscovered his youth under head coach Dean Smith and fans are now seeing why some Stoke fans spoke so highly of him.

In recent matches he’s been Man of the Match for plenty in the fanbase and the fact he now has his own chant speaks volumes for his own turnaround in form, and opinions about the man.

Speaking to the Official Site this week in their ‘One on One’ feature, the topic of his chant came up, and I think fans will love his response.

“Yes it’s fantastic. When the fans are singing your name, it means you’re doing something right. To know that’s being sung from the stands is obviously very pleasing for me. Hopefully we’ll be hearing it quite a lot in the coming months because it means I’ll be doing good things for this club.”

Deserves every ounce of praise he’s getting at the moment, as God knows he’s taken some flack, and we’ll all be hoping that final sentence rings true at the end of the current campaign.

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