Ireland hasn’t had much luck recently. He showed real promise at Man City before being unceremoniously sold with remorse by Mancini. Moreover every single manager he has worked under at Villa has either wasted him or just not used him. This season doesn’t seem to be any different. Alex McLeish’s playing style doesn’t have much room for a creative central midfielder unless he’s any good at hacking people down, which Ireland isn’t. I fear the result will be that another year in Steven Ireland’s career will go by without him being used properly.