Aston Villa are reportedly keen on signing Burnley defender Nathan Collins this summer, although they are not alone in expressing an interest.
The Lowdown: Collins impresses for Burnley
The Clarets may have been relegated from the Premier League last season but Collins was one of his side’s better performers throughout the campaign.
With Burnley preparing for Championship football in 2022/23, it could be that Collins remains in the top flight moving forward.
The Latest: Villa keen on move
New Burnley boss Vincent Kompany wants to build his defence around Collins, following the departure of Tarkowski and Mee, but he could find it hard to keep him, with Leeds United and Wolves also credited with interest.
The Verdict: Strong squad addition
At 21, Collins would come in a long-term signing with a bright future ahead of him, having been hailed as ‘fantastic’ by Sean Dyche, as well as winning four caps for the Republic of Ireland – he even scored an incredible solo goal for his country this week.
He would provide immediate competition for the likes of Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa, bringing a dominant presence that is highlighted by an average of 3.1 aerial duel wins per game in the league last season.
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It is hard to see a player of Collins’ quality and potential playing in the Championship and Steven Gerrard should do his utmost to bring him in, gradually turning him into a regular over time.
In other news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped a key Villa claim. Read more here.
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