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Aston Villa in talks to signal a dream Lenglet alternative


Aston Villa could also be flying excessive within the Premier League and in Europe, however that has not stopped Unai Emery from enthusiastic about the long run.

With a Champions League berth up for grabs within the coming weeks, the Spaniard is clearly enthusiastic about bolstering his beginning XI forward of subsequent season as he eyes up a transfer for a La Liga defender…

Aston Villa available in the market for a defender

In the course of the winter switch window, Villa had been exhibiting loads of curiosity in Atlético Madrid centre-back Mario Hermoso, who was coming to the top of his contract with the Spanish facet.

Quick-forward a number of months, nevertheless, and it seems as if Emery is severe about securing the defender forward of 2024/25.

Mario Hermoso’s stats this season


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In keeping with reviews in Spain, through TEAMtalk, Villa have begun talks to signal Hermoso as they appear to considerably bolster their first-team squad. It is said the participant’s reps are immediately looking for him a brand new residence from subsequent time period.

Securing his signature on a free switch could possibly be a clever funding by Emery, permitting him to divert funds into different areas of the group. Clement Lenglet will return to Barcelona as soon as his season-long mortgage deal expires on the finish of Might and Hermoso could possibly be an excellent alternative for the Frenchman.

Mario Hermoso’s statistics in 2023/24

Lenglet has performed simply 22 instances for the Midlands facet in all competitions this season, having to attend till December 22 to make his Premier League bow.

Whereas he has been helpful of late because of accidents to the likes of Pau Torres and Ezri Konsa, the defender will return to his guardian membership in the summertime.


Hermoso, however, has been a daily for Atlético this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions, and has proven his class in La Liga.

Certainly, amongst his teammates, the 28-year-old presently ranks second for correct passes per sport (54.6) within the Spanish high flight together with rating first for correct lengthy balls per sport (4.5), fourth for clearances per sport (2.9) and sixth for interceptions per sport (one), evidently proving how essential he’s to the facet.


The Spaniard was hailed as a “revelation” by soccer author Zach Lowy just some years in the past and it’s clear that Hermoso has the required attributes to be a hit within the Premier League, as he goals to observe within the footsteps of his compatriot Torres.

The 5 foot 11 defender additionally impresses when in comparison with his positional friends in Europe’s high 5 leagues, rating within the high 4% for progressive passes per 90 (6.16) and within the high 6% for profitable take-ons per 90 (0.59), indicating that he would transfer the ball out from the defence with ease and isn’t fazed at taking up opposition gamers as he seems to transition the ball shortly throughout matches.


These statistics recommend he could be an excellent alternative for Lenglet forward of subsequent season. If Villa go on to safe qualification for the Champions League, they are going to have a defender who has made 28 appearances within the competitors, which might show to be all of the distinction.