Aston Villa are willing to sell defender Ezri Konsa this summer, according to Football Insider.
The 24-year-old can be regarded as one of the first names on the team sheet given that only injury and suspension have kept him out of Villa’s Premier League starting line-up.
However, a report from Football Insider this week suggested that Steven Gerrard is determined to land a new marquee centre-back in the form of Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that Konsa’s future is ‘up in the air’ ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
Gerrard apparently has doubts over whether the English centre-back is reliable or consistent enough to build around, and ‘money will be set aside’ to strengthen the heart of Villa’s defence ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Are Gerrard’s fears reflected in Konsa’s performance figures?
The 24-year-old has won 71% of his ground duels and 58% of his aerial battles, and he has only made one error leading to an opposition shot so far this season (via SofaScore).
Discipline may be a concern, though. The red card which sidelined him for the defeats against Newcastle and Watford was his second of the campaign.
Nevertheless, this news may still come as a surprise to Villa fans, given that Konsa is a mainstay of the team who was nominated for their Fans’ Footballer of the Year Award in 2021.
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