Why Aston Villa should sign highly-rated 18-year-old Reading ace and make a long-term investment


Why Aston Villa should sign highly-rated teenage ace Michael Olise

According to Birmingham Live, Aston Villa are said to be interested in Reading youngster Michael Olise. The starlet has attracted plenty of interest from Premier League sides such as Crystal Palace and Leeds United (h/t The Sun).

Olise’s contract runs out in 18 months time and he could well be available at a cut-price next season. Reading are desperately trying to renew his current deal.

Aston Villa could use some depth in their midfield

It might be hard to believe that a side which escaped relegation by a point a few months ago is now high up the table above some of the traditional heavyweights. Yet, Aston Villa have done that in style this season.

reading v watford sky bet championship
READING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Michael Olise of Reading runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Watford at Madejski Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Reading, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Their squad has performed well over the season as the likes of Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Douglas Luiz have reached new levels while new signings like Ollie Watkins and Ross Barkley have settled in well. However, a gruelling second half of the season awaits. Adding some players could be a huge help in that scenario.

Olise can be a good long-term investment for the side

In this scenario, signing someone like Michael Olise looks like a very good decision. Michael Olise would be one for the future given his young age. At 18, he has enough time to develop into a big player.

His versatility of playing on either wing and attacking midfield is another factor that supports him. Also, the fact that he is regularly rubbing shoulders with the senior pros at just 18 is clearly indicative of some excellent progress and highlights a level of maturity that belies his tender years.

middlesbrough v reading sky bet championship
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Michael Olise of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Reading at Riverside Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Read More

Under Dean Smith, Olise could improve further with intricate care. He could be a shrewd bit of investment by the club. With Barkley at the club still on a loan deal, pursuing someone like Olise makes a lot of sense. Villa should definitely go for Michael Olise in January because he would represent a good bit of business in the long term.