The Lowdown: Emery looking for a reunion
It has been reported that Danjuma has been in England as he looks to hold talks with Premier League clubs about a January move, while Villa are said to be interested in the winger – who worked under Emery at Villarreal.
Journalist Patrick Boyland believes the winger would be a ‘gamechanger‘ for the Toffees, so Villa will be very aware of his talent and how highly he’s regarded within the Premier League.
If Villa were to sign Danjuma, it would almost certainly be a signing pushed by Emery given the existing relationship with Danjuma, as he was the person that got him firing on all cylinders in the Champions League last season.
The Latest: Villa need more goals
Afari has spoken live on Sky Sports about how Danjuma could be Villa’s answer to scoring more goals given they’re set to lose Danny Ings, while both Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey haven’t been prolific in front of goal since joining the club.
He said: “In terms of a goalscorer, someone to put the ball in the back of the net on a consistent basis, I don’t think they’ve got that.
“Ollie Watkins provides so much for a team, but scoring goals is not necessarily his forte at this level, and Leon Bailey is a winger who’s now operating down the middle.
“We know Unai Emery likes to operate with different formations that are quite unique in terms of how he sets his team up, but I do think they will need somebody to score – and Danjuma could be that answer.”
The Verdict: Danjuma is the man for Emery
It’s very clear that Emery brings the best out of Danjuma, as last season, he managed to register 20 goal involvements, whereas this season, the Dutchman only has nine to his name – a run which has coincided with Emery leaving Spain.
Therefore, if Danjuma has a choice of which club to go to, the one being managed by his former boss will likely be the most appealing one, especially when he’d be able to link up with other exciting talents such as Jacob Ramsey, Bailey and Emiliano Buendia.
Despite the interest from other Premier League clubs, Villa should have faith in Emery’s decision-making as well as the trust he has in Danjuma to get this deal done quickly if they want him to come in and hit the ground running.
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