Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Douglas Luiz on an undisclosed fee, subject to a work permit on their official website.
This makes the midfielder Villa’s 10th signing of the summer, after he won the Player of the Tournament at the Toulon Tournament for his role in Brazil U21s’ victory.
Luiz started 16 La Liga matches while on loan with Girona last season, coming off the bench seven times.
The Brazilian switched between centre and holding midfield throughout the season – which will be useful for Villa, as it means Conor Hourihane can be played further up the pitch when he is on the field.
Luiz didn’t make any goal contributions, but certainly impacted games, as he made 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.3 dribbles and 0.3 blocks per game (via WhoScored).
This defensive work will be important in the early stages especially, as it will offer Villa’s new-look backline more protection while they become accustomed to each other’s game.
He was also effective on the ball, averaging 31.7 passes per game with a success rate of 84.5%, which if replicated in a Villa shirt will help him dictate the play and bring the ball to players such as Jack Grealish who can get the team moving forward.
Speaking about Luiz, Dean Smith said: “Douglas is an extremely talented young player with an outstanding pedigree who I am sure will fit nicely into our style and system of play.”
Going off his stats, this will be a good signing for Aston Villa as long as Luiz’s work permit goes through successfully.
He has a good all-round game for a holding midfield player, which will allow him to help the team with his defensive contributions, as well as getting the side up the pitch through his passing.
Luiz is now one of many exciting signings making the move to Villa Park this summer.
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