Jlloyd Samuel: Paul Merson pays tribute to former Aston Villa team-mate | Football | Sport

Samuel, 37, was reportedly on his way home after dropping his kids off at school when the accident happened.

The news of his passing was revealed in a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago FA, the country he made two appearances for in 2009.

The statement read: “We’ve received some terrible news that former National defender and Ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England.

“According to reports, Jlloyd was returning home after dropping his kids off to school and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

“His vehicle caught fire and his body was discovered burnt.

“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national teammates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Merson played alongside Samuel for four years at Aston Villa between 1998 and 2002 and was understandably shocked at the news.

“Thoughts go to his family and his kids,” Merson said on Sky Sports.

“He was such a lovely kid, I played with him and I couldn’t believe how old he was if I’m being honest – 37.

“When I was here he was in the team every week, so he must have been 18, 19.

“He was well ahead of his time to be playing wing-back in them days, it’s hard enough playing as a 28-year-old as a wing-back, he was a kid playing that way.

“But It’s a sad loss, he was just a lovely kid.

“I couldn’t talk highly enough of him and a great pro, a real good pro.”

Samuel made 169 Premier League appearances for Villa and also had a four-year spell with Bolton in the top-flight between 2007 and 2011.

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