Aston Villa have started the season in bright form but that has not prevented Steve Bruce from scouting the market for players who could potentially aid his side in their bid to achieve promotion this season.
Aston Villa may well have kept hold of Jack Grealish despite relentless interest from Tottenham Hotspur, but they are still interested in adding further attacking midfield players to their ranks.
Indeed, a recent report from the Northern Echo claims that Villa are hoping to sign Everton’s Yannick Bolasie on a season-long loan deal before August 31st, although they fact competition from Middlesbrough for his signature.
But Bolasie’s reported £75,000-per week wages could yet represent a decisive stumbling block in negotiations, so Bruce should keep a close eye on Tottenham’s Marcus Edwards as a potential alternative.
The 19-year-old winger is on the fringes of Tottenham’s first-team after failing to impress during a loan spell with Norwich City last season, so a loan move is certainly within Villa’s reach.
Problems relating to punctuality and general failure to conform to authority have been cited as reasons why Edwards failed to establish himself with the Canaries, rather than anything to do with his footballing ability.
With that in mind, Bruce should be willing to take a chance on a youngster and personally take responsibility for a player who Pochettino once referred to as a “mini Messi” during an interview due to his low centre of gravity and willingness to run with the ball glued to his left-foot.
Naturally, the comparison has been overhyped and taken out of context, but there’s no doubt that Edwards does have a special talent which is waiting to be unearthed.
With the ability to cut inside from the right-wing or play in a number ten role, Bruce would have the opportunity to experiment with his position and various different midfield combinations.
There’s no doubt that Edwards represents a risk due to his unsuccessful loan spell with Norwich, but it’s far too early to write him off on the evidence of one poor transfer, so Bruce should target a loan deal for the Tottenham prodigy if they fail in their bid to sign Bolasie.
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