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This 32-year-old Premier League wall could be Aston Villa’s best bet to shore up defensive woes – Here is why

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Aston Villa should sign Christian Fuchs on loan to add cover at the back

According to the Sun, Aston Villa are interested in signing Leicester City left-back Christian Fuchs on loan in the January transfer window.

The same report also claims that the 32-year-old former Austrian international is keen to make a move away from the King Power Stadium to play regular first-team football.

Fuchs, who joined Leicester City on a free transfer from Bundesliga club Schalke back in 2015, has been frozen out of the first team by Claude Puel. The 32-year-old has made only a single appearance in the Premier League, starting in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last month. The metaphoric rise of the highly-rated academy product Ben Chilwell has largely relegated the veteran to bench duty.

Fuchs was one of the star performers for the Foxes when they upset the odds to win the Premier League title back in 2015-16, putting in multiple solid shifts at the back and earning 4 man-of-the-match distinctions. However, he fell out of favour at the latter stages of the previous campaign due to Puel’s policy of favouring the younger players.

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With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, a loan move to Villa Park should help Fuchs resurrect his career that has come to a standstill at Leicester. On the other hand, a hugely experienced seasoned campaigner like Fuchs can help Dean Smith shore up his leaky backline.

Aston Villa currently sit 10th in the Championship standings, five points adrift of the final promotion playoff spot. The Lions have endured an inconsistent and tumultuous campaign so far,  which includes the sacking of former manager Steve Bruce, and they need to string together a consistent run in the second half of the season if they are to challenge the likes of West Brom, Middlesbrough and Derby County for the final playoff spot.

Susceptibility at the back has been one of the major reasons behind Villa’s lacklustre campaign so far. The Lions have been hit hard by the injury to their first-choice left-back Neil Taylor, forcing Dean Smith to shift Alan Hutton to the left of the defence with Ahmed Elmohamady on the right. However, Villa have won only one of their last five games when Hutton has played on the left, which clearly highlights the necessity of adding cover at the back in the mid-season trading period.

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The acquisition of a hugely experienced player like Christian Fuchs will not only allow Smith the luxury of having a cover for Neil Taylor but will also help Villa achieve a much better defensive record. Besides being as solid as a rock at the back, Fuchs has the ability to add a lot of value to the attack with his tactical awareness, incisive passing and accurate crossing, which should further prompt the Lions to seal the deal as soon as possible.

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That said, Aston Villa should not waste any time in snapping up the veteran Austrian as he might turn out to be the difference between promotion to the Premier League and another long and hard slog in the Championship next season.

 

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Tottenham reigniting interest in this 23-year-old Championship workhorse is the need of the hour for Pochettino

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Tottenham Opinion: Why Spurs should go all out to sign Jack Grealish?

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Tottenham are continuing to scout Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

The north London outfit tried to sign Jack Grealish last summer but were unable to agree a fee with Aston Villa. The 23-year-old had a very slow start to the season and missed the first two months of 2019 injury. Since returning back from injury, he has been excellent and has helped Villa to win their last four games in a row in the Championship.

Grealish’s recent performances certainly will have impressed the Tottenham scouts. That said, Spurs should rekindle their interest to sign the midfielder from Aston Villa.

Mauricio Pochettino has a lot of work to do in the summer transfer window after missing out on the Premier League, once again. And one of his biggest worries will be to replace Christian Eriksen, with the club having accepted the playmaker will leave the club in the summer.

Eriksen enters the final 12 months of his deal this summer, with no talks of an extension as of yet. Spurs would prefer to sell the Dane, rather than lose him for nothing next year, with Spanish giants Real Madrid among the clubs interested in the 27-year-old playmaker, claims the Daily Mail.

It’ll be a tough ask for Tottenham to replace Eriksen, considering his quality, experience and ability to change games in a blink of an eye. Moreover, he has been one of the club’s most consistent performers in the past few seasons under Pochettino. Losing the Denmark international would be a big blow for Pochettino’s side and the club should bring in his replacement this summer itself.

Jack Grealish has the potential to fill the big shoes of Eriksen. The 23-year-old is a technically-gifted player who is always driving forward with the ball, looking to get past his marker and create chances for his teammates.

He has proven his versatility by delivering the goods consistently for Villa, impressing with his uncompromised work-rate on and off the ball and contributing to the build-up play in the midfield.

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Grealish’s movement is quite dangerous as he has the tendency to arrive late in the box and score goals. He is an elegant operator of the ball and uses his passing skills and vision to split open tightest of defences.

Verdict

The Aston Villa ace has surely done enough to tempt Tottenham into rekindling their interest. Grealish’s creativity, energy and dynamism in the final third could be the difference against well-drilled sides and with huge potential to get even better, Pochettino shouldn’t hesitate to splash the cash on him this summer.

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Answer to left-back woes? – Aston Villa cannot afford to miss out on signing this 25-year-old from Championship rivals

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Aston Villa Opinion: Smith should sign Brentford left-back Yoann Barbet

According to a report from Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa were linked with a move for Brentford defender Yoann Barbet in the January transfer window.

However, a move away from Griffin Park failed to materialize for the Frenchman, with Villa choosing to bring in the likes of Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause on loan from Bournemouth and Wolves respectively to sort out their defensive frailties.

The same report claims that Barbet has entered talks with Brentford over a new contract, with his present deal set to expire in the summer.

Villa, on the other hand have the option of buying Hause permanently at the end of the season, while the Lions also have an option which would allow them to match any bids made for Mings at the end of the season.

However, with Southampton also expressing their interest in Mings, Villa would probably need to secure promotion to the Premier League to give themselves a realistic chance of making his stay permanent.

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Yoann Barbet has been a regular starter for Brentford in the Championship this season and has impressed with his consistently impressive performances at Griffin Park, making a total of 29 starts in the league.

The 25-year-old has proven himself to be an absolute gem for the Bees with his versatility to play at left-back and centre-back, registering a total of 116 appearances for the club in all competitions since his arrival from French lower division side Chamois Niort in 2015.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have enjoyed an upturn of form just at the right time of the season, with the Lions putting themselves in the playoff places after four consecutive victories in the Championship.

The addition of Mings and Hause has changed the entire complexion of Villa’s backline which looked way too vulnerable earlier in the season. As a matter of fact, Villa have only conceded a single goal in their last four games, which is a massive improvement on their overall average.

Barnet has been touted with a reunion with former Brentford boss Dean Smith at Villa Park but the Lions need to act quickly, with the player reportedly in talks over a new deal at Griffin Park.

Both Mings and Hause are capable of playing at left-back and centre-back but the Lions face the danger of missing out on Mings next season if they fail to secure promotion to the top flight.

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It is a no-brainer that Villa should consider permanent moves for both their loanees at the end of the season if they manage to make it to the Premier League but Barnet might be a more realistic option if they have to spend another season in the Championship.

Villa have found themselves short of cover at left-back numerous times this season, with Neil Taylor struggling for form and fitness. Alan Hutton has been forced to play on the left at times but that hasn’t really worked out for Villa.

Suffice to say, Barnet would be a welcome addition to the squad in the summer, owing to his ability to play both roles efficiently. Standing 6ft. 2 inches with a towering frame, the Frenchman is not only capable of imposing his authority with his physicality and aerial ability but he also has decent pace and good passing ability.

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The 25-year-old has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.5 clearances, 2.2 aerial duels and 5 successful long balls per game in the Championship this season, figures which speak volumes of his well-rounded abilities as a defender.

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That said, Villa should weigh up a move for the Brentford man to ensure that they don’t run short of cover at the back next season.

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Enough is enough – It’s time for this 21-year-old Chelsea starlet to move to any of these 3 PL clubs instead

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Chelsea Opinion: 3 potential suitors for prolific Tammy Abraham

Chelsea are one of England’s biggest clubs and their infrastructure is equally big. This means that they have an extremely reputed youth academy which produces some of the most budding talents in world football.

One such player is Tammy Abraham, who currently plies his trade for Aston Villa in the Championship. In fact, he is having a prosperous goalscoring season. From his 30 league appearances this campaign, he has scored 21 goals and is the club’s top scorer.

He has spent loan spells at Bristol City and Swansea City and has even featured for the Blues having made 3 appearances. His time as Aston Villa has really improved him as a player and his market value is currently skyrocketing as well.

Having had such a brilliant season in England’s 2nd division, the inevitability of clubs approaching the Blues for the youngster’s signature at the end of the season could tempt Chelsea into taking drastic measures. Until then, his future remains a mystery.

Here are the three clubs that should look to secure the signing of this talented Englishman:

Leicester City

Tammy Abraham has all the qualities to be a custom-made alternative to Jamie Vardy in the Leicester line-up under the new managership of former Liverpool man Brendan Rodgers. His work-rate off the ball and blistering pace liken him to the veteran striker and he would be a good option for the Foxes.

His height and ability to get in behind using long strides and intelligent movement make him an excellent prospect for the English game while his predatory instincts in the box will suit Leicester’s style of play.

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson’s men have lacked the presence of a prolific goalscorer all season with Connor Wickham, Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke all misfiring. The constant use of Wilfried Zaha up-front signifies the Eagles’ need for a recognised centre-forward.

Tammy has the perfect skill-set to slot into Hodgson’s setup and can immediately form a relationship with Zaha and Andros Townsend to work magic for the Eagles. His movement and pace will help bring the talented Palace midfield into the game a lot more and he can be the answer to the goalscoring troubles.

Newcastle United

With Salomon Rondon set to depart back to his parent club West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season, the Magpies should look the bring in the talismanic Englishman to put an end to their woes in front of goal.

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With the recent acquisition of Paraguayan forward Miguel Almiron, the addition of a potent goalscoring threat like Tammy could be the boost that Rafa Benitez needs to attain his Premier League ambitions.

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