The Lowdown: Carlos replacement sought
Steven Gerrard will be on the hunt for defensive reinforcements as a result of Diego Carlos facing six months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles tendon this month, and two names in particular have consistently cropped up of late.
Recent reports suggest that the Villans have reached an agreement in principle to sign Southampton centre-back Jan Bednarek, but that hasn’t stopped them from being linked with PSG’s Diallo.
The Latest: Villa eyeing defensive duo
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones revealed that both Bednarek and Diallo are being monitored by Villa, and he believes the latter would be the “better player” of the two.
The journalist said: “Both are linked, and I think both are genuinely being looked at. Diallo is a better player in my eyes, but then there is the fact that Bednarek might need less adaptation time in England, so might fit in more quickly.”
The Verdict: Perfect for Gerrard
Despite Diallo only starting ten matches in Ligue 1 last season, Gerrard shouldn’t be deterred by that alone, as the 26-year-old has proven that he can be a smart distributor of the ball out from defence
The Senegalese centre-back, who was dubbed ‘powerful’ by former Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroder, won 1.8 tackles and 1.2 of his aerial duels per league game in 2021/22, ranking among the top five players at PSG for both metrics.
Diallo at Villa Park?
Yes, get him in!
Not too bothered!
He also stands out for his composure in possession, ranking in the 90th percentile for passes attempted and the 98th percentile for pass completion (88.2%) among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues over the past 12 months.
The 6 foot 2 colossus seemingly wants a move to England, and Villa are in need of a new centre-back after Carlos’ long-term injury, so this is a prospective move which could suit both parties perfectly.
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