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Aston Villa: Villans eyeing Ilias Chair

Aston Villa: Villans eyeing Ilias Chair -Aston Villa News

Aston Villa are reportedly looking at a move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ilias Chair. 

The Lowdown: Chair profiled

Chair is primarily an attacking midfielder who can also play as a central midfielder or on the left. The 24-year-old joined QPR’s youth side back in 2017 and has gone on to make 167 appearances for the Hoops, contributing to 54 goals.

The Morocco international has been influential under Michael Beale this season with nine goal contributions in 16 Championship games, and his form appears to have caught the eye of NSWE.

The Latest: Villa interest

Football Insider journalist Pete O’Rourke provided an update regarding Villa and Chair on Monday lunchtime.

He revealed that Villa are plotting a January move for the QPR man, regarded as an ‘outstanding player’, after sending scouts to watch the player in action on multiple occasions.

Chair at Villa?

Yes, get him in!

Yes, get him in!

Not too bothered!

Not too bothered!

The Verdict: Needed?

New manager Unai Emery tends to go with a 4-4-2 system, so it’s hard to see where Chair may fit in at Villa Park under the Spaniard should a transfer materialise.

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Philippe Coutinho and Emiliano Buendia are already central attacking-midfield options available to Emery, so there could be an argument that Chair would not be needed in the Midlands.

However, should Emery change his favoured system to suit Villa’s current squad, there could be room for Chair to rival the likes of Coutinho and Buendia – only time will tell.


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