There is no indication of the fee the Ligue 1 side are expecting Villa to pay in order to make Santamaria their 12th signing of the summer.
As per WhoScored, Santamaria started 37 league games and came on as a substitute once for Angers last season, scoring a solitary goal.
The Frenchman’s strengths are tackling, ball interception and concentration, which will be useful for Aston Villa, as it means he will be able to sit and protect their new-look defence.
He’s more effective defensively than Hourihane, having made 2.1 more tackles, 0.6 more interceptions and 0.4 extra clearances per game.
In addition, that would allow Conor Hourihane to get further up the pitch, having often been the deepest of Villa’s midfielders last season, even though the strongest part of his game is in the attacking phase, as indicated by his eight goals and 11 assists last campaign.
Still, Santamaria’s weakness is seemingly passing, averaging a pass success rate of 81% which could mean that, despite potentially being more expensive, Villa would be better off going for Kalvin Phillips, linked as a £30m target by the Sun.
The Leeds United man is efficient in both winning the ball back and keeping it, as highlighted by his strengths of tackling and passing. Indeed, he averaged a much higher 82.1% success rate with more passes per game (58.5 to 39.2), as well more long balls from central midfield (4.6 to 3.2).
Santamaria would be a decent signing for Villa in terms of filling a defensive role, but there are holding midfield options out there who have a more well-rounded game than the 24-year-old.
If the money is there, the Villans would be better off putting their efforts into signing Phillips.
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