Aston Villa: Unai Emery keen on Youssef En-Nesyri
Aston Villa and Unai Emery appear to be interested in signing Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
The Lowdown: Priority area
Villa could be in for a busy summer ahead of Emery’s first full season in charge after making two additions during the January window.
One of those was teenage forward Jhon Duran, however, Ashley Preece believes that ‘a new No.9 to partner Ollie Watkins is at the top of Villa’s shopping list’.
En-Nesyri appears to be a new target at Villa Park, with the forward being described as being ‘back to his best’ last month by writer Bence Bocsak after scoring nine goals in 14 games after the World Cup.
The Latest: Villa update
A Spanish outlet shared an update regarding En-Nesyri’s future in the last 48 hours, with Villa receiving a mention.
The report states that Villa and Emery would be interested in signing the Morocco international.
The Verdict: Smart move?
En-Nesyri can also turn out on the wing but is primarily a centre-forward who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, more than his 2021/22 tally.
Labelled as a forward who has ‘unreal’ finishing by members of the media, En-Nesyri scored 24 goals during the 2020/21 season and has experience in both the Champions League and Europa League.
The 25-year-old also impressed in Qatar, helping his country to the World Cup semi-finals by scoring the winner in the quarter-finals against Portugal, so he could be a shrewd signing both in the short and long run to rival Watkins and Duran.