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Villa: Gerrard should flip to rarely-seen ace

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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard could have to show to a rarely-seen participant because the accidents mount up within the Midlands…

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In accordance with studies in France, first-choice left-back Lucas Digne is about to be sidelined for the subsequent two-to-three weeks after struggling an ankle drawback that was first considered a stress fracture, one thing that may rule him out for at the least six weeks.

Former Villans ahead Gabby Agbonlahor agreed with Soccer Insider that the Frenchman’s absence can be a significant blow to the workforce and the supervisor.

While this information comes as a constructive heading into the weekend’s Premier League conflict with Leeds United, his absence mixed with the probability of Matty Money lacking out too, would imply the Villa boss is fairly gentle on choices in defence.

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Augustinsson alternative

It means he may flip to yet-to-play summer season arrival Ludwig Augustinsson, who arrived as sporting director Johan Lange’s fifth of seven signings, on mortgage from LaLiga facet Sevilla.

The 28-year-old has been named on the bench in all seven of Villa’s top-flight outings however is but to be handed his debut.

Nonetheless, he has stored his place in Sweden’s squad and never solely featured in the course of the worldwide break but in addition excelled, along with his latest look of their 1-1 draw with Slovenia.

He registered a whopping 100 touches of the ball, which highlights the belief that his nationwide workforce head coach, Jan Andersson, has in him to be a giant affect and a creator, having additionally made one key go. Augustinsson additionally gained 100% of his aerial duels, too, as per SofaScore.

The previous Werder Bremen ace appears to excel defensively as he nonetheless ranks inside the prime 5% of his positional friends throughout Europe’s elite divisions for clearances (2.98 per 90), in addition to the highest 8% for headers gained (2.35 per 90), by way of FBref.

Subsequently, it might be sensible for Gerrard handy the “spectacular” Augstinsson, as as soon as described by journalist Phillip O’Connor, his Villa debut this weekend as he’s woefully gentle on decisions within the full-back division and it’s an space that Leeds may nicely exploit, given the abilities of Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra, amongst others.

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