I've included Nigel Reo-Coker and Stiliyan Petrov in the same slide. Why? Well, over the last several seasons there has been division amongst the fans as to who to pick for the Aston Villa starting 11.
Under Martin O'Neill—and once James Milner moved into central midfield—Stiliyan Petrov was named captain and was a regular starter. Some fans opposed this and crowed for Reo to have a chance, but his chances in Villa's team seemed doomed after a training ground bust-up with the manager.
Under Gerard Houllier, Reo-Coker was welcomed back into the first team and performed very well throughout the 2010-'11 season. Unfortunately, he was released at the end of his contract.
Petrov remains captain and first team starter for Aston Villa, so the intense debate of "Petrov or Reo" is over.
Stiliyan Petrov (2006-present)
Most Memorable Match: Scoring that long-range screamer at Pride Park towards the end of the 2007-'08 season.
Nigel Reo-Coker (2007-'11)
Most Memorable Match: Nigel was a steady player who did the unnoticed dirty work. Many of his performances were fantastic, but they don't spring to mind. I'll plug for his only-ever Villa Premier League goal at Tottenham in 2008.