It would be a clever bit of business wouldn’t it? With Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League now secured, they can look to the transfer market with a clear focus on the calibre of players and their fees in mind. Villa may have been able to win the play-off final with Conor Hourihane at the base of the midfield, however, despite his talents, more midfield solidity will be needed next season if they are to stay in the division.
Villa will know they will need to look into the transfer market for a number of positions and one of them is holding midfield. With Mile Jedinak’s contract up, unless he gets an extension that leaves Glenn Whelan as the only recognised defensive midfielder. Despite his quality in attack, Hourihane can do a job there to allow Jack Grealish and John McGinn to flourish, but in terms of defensive ability, a more natural option should be looked to for the Premier League.
The man they could bring in who fits that bill is Isaac Hayden. The ChronicleLive reported late last week that Aston Villa could pursue a move if they achieve promotion, and so they have, meaning they could very well join West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion in showing interest for Hayden’s signature.
Hayden fits the bill perfectly. He has two years of Premier League experience with Newcastle United, although it did not seems it would pan out that way earlier this season. Until the festive period, Hayden had just one start under his belt for the League season, as well as a handful more substitute appearances. Given his lack of game time, it seemed as though Rafa Benitez may have looked to move Hayden on in January.
However, since starting on Boxing Day, he has not looked back and started every game until the end of the League season from then. Hayden was a pivotal figure in the Magpies side and showed his quality in protecting a Newcastle backline that steered clear of relegation, finishing 13th.
A move to Aston Villa seems ideal given he would surely be a starter at the base of the midfield. He would also be closer to his family, located in the South West, which would be another pulling factor as it would be a lot easier for him to commute from Villa compared to the North East. If Villa can make the move happen, there is no doubt that they should jump at the chance to do so.
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