The Villans have already signed four centre-backs this summer – Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Bjorn Engels and Kortney Hause – so adding the Democratic Republic of Congo international would result in plenty of competition at the back among the new boys.
Luyindama only completed a €5 million permanent move to Turkey last month, having impressed Galatasaray enough while on loan there to persuade them they should take up his option to buy clause.
Luyindama started 11 league matches for Galatasaray last season, completing 1 tackle, 1.1 interceptions, 4.7 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. He was efficient on the ball, completing 57 passes (all stats from WhoScored) on average with a success rate of 86.4%.
The 25-year-old also played at this summer’s African Cup of Nations, but was unable to maintain his place in the D.R. Congo team, as he was dropped to the bench for the final group game against Zimbabwe before being completely left out for their knockout game.
According to Birmingham Live, Dean Smith was in attendance at AFCON, but it seems difficult to see what he would have discovered in two 2-0 losses which weren’t enough to see him make it into the starting line up for either of D.R. Congo’s other games.
Indeed, he may struggle to maintain his passing statistics on these shores, as champions Galatasaray will have been more in control of games than newly-promoted Villa are likely to be.
As per FootyStats, the Turkish giants averaged 58% possession while the Midlands outfit managed 53% in the second-tier and it’s not hard to imagine Villa’s ball-retention dropping in the Premier League, considering the fact they’ve only just come up.
Considering there have already been four centre-backs bought into the club this summer, the idea of signing another is a bit confusing.
If this was someone who would blatantly improve the backline it would be understandable, but there doesn’t seem to be anything about the 25-year-old that sets him way ahead of the rest.
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