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Lowdown: Who Is Aston Villa’s Target, Mahmoud Trezeguet?

Aston Villa looks like they could make another signing before the transfer window closes.

It has been reported that Villa could be about to make an £8 million bid for Egypt’s striker, Mahmoud Trezeguet. He’s a big name in Egypt but not so much everywhere else, so who is he?

He’s a 24-year-old midfielder who is a product of Al Ahly’s youth. He managed to break into their first team at the age of 18 in 2012 however, he got sent to Anderlecht on loan. He then signed a permanent contract with them, however he couldn’t find a way into the first team so went on loan again to Mouscron and Kasimpasa.

In 2018, after his loan spell with the club saw him score 13 times in 31 games, he signed permanently for Kasimpasa. Since his move, he has scored 9 goals in 29 games. He’s also done brilliantly for Egypt as he has made 38 appearances for his national team and scored 6 goals.

His impressive form in Egypt has drawn interest from England and from clubs such as Inter Milan. It looks as though he has been on Villa’s radar for some time, as scouts from the club went to watch him in the African Cup Of Nations and they are said to be impressed.

Dean Smith is clearly trying to strengthen his squad before he starts the new Premier League campaign, and if he can sign Trezeguet for £8 million, it may prove to be a bargain if he can do well for the club.

I think he will need some coaching if the move goes ahead to prepare him for the highest league in England. Nonetheless, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to have him on the bench and bring him on towards the end of games, to slowly break him into the Premier League.

If the signing proves to be beneficial, Villa could have got a bargain player that will bring in more interest and put a bigger value on the Egyptian.

Aston Villa are tearing up the newly promoted blueprint, and Bristol City looks set to benefit

Aston Villa is working to strike a deal with Bristol City to sign defender Adam Webster in a deal worth up to £25 million.

It was reported last week that The Villains made an opening offer of £12 million for the former Ipswich man. However, after Bristol City slapped a £30 million price tag on him, it’s expected that both sides will compromise and a deal will be settled at between 20 and 25 million.

Villa is no stranger to spending huge money, proving by them already signing Anwar El Ghazi, Matt Target and Jota, with Wesley also expected to sign for around £22 million. Dean Smith will be hoping to be reunited with loan hero Tyrone Mings, although Bournemouth will be demanding a fee of £25 million upwards. While Axel Tuanzebe is looking to fight his way into Man United’s side.

Webster was brilliant last season alongside Aden Flint, however, he’s still largely unproven. It’s a massive fee to pay for a player that’s never played in the Premier League. A brave signing. Smith could’ve opted to sign experienced, proven players, Craig Dawson for example. Instead, it looks like he’s identified his main targets, and he’ll trust them to fit into his system that he trusts and believes will be successful. Fair play.

I’m very interested to see how Villa do next season. They’re doing it differently to how most promoted usually approach it. Most sign ‘old heads’ that have been there and done it. Villa is going for youth, playing an attractive style. I’m expecting lots of goals at both ends, with the aim of scoring more than the opposition, similar to what Fulham tried last season, I think Villa will be better equipped in terms of players and manager.

Wigan Athletic Should Look At These Two Players Instead of Jamal Lowe

Wigan are interested in signing Portsmouth attacker Jamal Lowe. After Pompey’s playoff disappointment, the club are bracing themselves for bids from a number of clubs for their prized players this summer.

Lowe had a successful season on a personal level, scoring 17 goals, so a potential move to the Championship may tempt him into leaving Fratton Park.

Also, Paul Cook has already signed a couple of his old Portsmouth mates, Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts, why not make it a hat-trick?

Lowe is a very good player, and I’m sure he’d do well in the Championship. He has pace, trickery and an eye for goal, all of which will bring him success in this division, however, there’s a number of things that are putting me off signing him. Should he be a priority when we’ve lost a number of players in other positions and, how much of our transfer budget would he take up. Wigan needs to prioritise this summer and, fill the void spots before they think about adding quality for competition for places purposes.

I estimate Lowe would cost upwards of £2 million and spending that on a position we are already strong in, doesn’t make sense to me. I look at two alternatives that could be signed on free transfers…

Albert Adomah

Adomah was among the eight players released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League. Although he didn’t feature a great deal last season, I still think he’s a good player at this level. He’s always been somebody I’ve enjoyed watching, purely for his directness and pace.

Wigan could do with signing a couple of quick players this summer, to help us counter-attack when playing away from home. I imagine there’ll be a number of clubs looking to secure his signature, if Wigan isn’t one of those, I’ll be very disappointed.

Yanic Wildschut

I’ve got my tin hat on. I think our fan base are completely 50/50 on whether they would want Wildschut to return. For me, it’s a no brainer. He moved to Norwich to better his career, it didn’t work out, now come home and never gamble with your future again.

No matter what your opinion on him is, you can’t deny he’s unplayable on his day and a real asset to any club. Blistering speed, physicality, end product and he’s FREE. This is a controversial statement, but I’d take him back in a heartbeat.

All Cup Finals Should Not Be Played at Wembley – Agree?

I was at the National League play-off final yesterday at Wembley Stadium. A great occasion for the fans of course, however, a mere 8,049 were inside the 90,000 capacity ground.

Next week is the FA Trophy final, an average crowd over the years of around 15,000 to 17,000 – similar to that of the National League Playoffs. However, again it will look lost inside the vast Wembley backdrop.

Yesterday seen two northern teams travel down to the Capital, each with an approx four-hour drive there and back. Early starts, late getting home. It’s a long day for the fans, although the flow of beer for many will help.

I was sat next to some rather tipsy Salford fans waiting for the underground, who just wanted to get home – this was 7 o’clock at night in Wembley Central. I didn’t get home myself until 10:30 pm.

Was it worth it for them Salford fans? Without a doubt, yes.

Nevertheless, my gripe with the use of Wembley is this, yes it’s a great day out and something not every fan will experience watching their team at the iconic ground. However, I don’t understand why if two northern teams are in a final, we have a nominated ground in the north – like Old Trafford of the Etihad.

Similar if it’s a northern and southern team, we have a neutral ground in the Midlands like Villa Park.

Leave the League Cup Final, the three EFL play-off finals and the FA Cup ONLY to be played at Wembley. The rest play at neutral grounds, because let’s face it FA Cup semi-finals are not a Wembley showpiece. They take the edge off truly getting to a Wembley final and, it’s double the expense for the travelling fans.

It would be easier for the money spending fans to get to, more fans would be more likely to go with shorter travelling distances and it would pump money into different parts of the country.

Yesterday could have been played at the Etihad. The numbers would have definitely been more and the chance to play at a Premier League stadium would have still been a massive day out.

This all will never happen of course, but in common sense terms, it makes total sense to all.

Parkinson Must Gamble on FORGOTTEN MAN For Villa Win

After Bolton Wanderer’s fantastic start, the more optimistic of fans dreamt of life in the Premiership. However, those dreams quickly turned to nightmares, extinguished as quickly as they started. Languishing in 19th place, barely able to score a goal, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson must take drastic action to turn the tide.

However, blocking their path are fallen giants Aston Villa… thanks…

Bolton need to see this game as a great opportunity to upset the apple cart. Playing under the lights on a crisp Autumnal evening, Sky TV creating a palpable buzz about Villa Park, Parkinson should look to shake things up massively to give the weary Wanderers a chance to cut through the smog of the Black Country.

Simply put, he needs to take a gamble on the pocket rocket that is Erhun Oztumer. The Turk has rarely featured for the Wanderers this campaign, having only made 6 starts, and is known to be chomping at the bit. His flair and skills, plus the ability to thread a deadly pass could be what is needed to breathe new life into Bolton’s flatlining campaign.

Bolton simply cannot create any chances, hence their dire lack of goals, and the terrible run of form. Oztumer could be the only man in the squad who can provide the spark needed. He is something different, a showman, a talisman… the difference?

Bolton have a reasonable defence, conceding 20 goals in 15 games, not bad compared to their lower half rivals. However, they have only scored 11 goals, joint lowest in the Championship. Bolton must score more goals or else they will have to face life back in League One again.

Oztumer is definitely a gamble to start against Villa, but he has the capability to shake things up, catch the imagination of the crowd, maybe weave the killer pass… Because what’s the alternative… stay as we are and get beat 1-0.

Parkinson, the choice is yours.