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Aston Villa: Mat Kendrick’s question prompts discussion amongst the Claret and Blue fans

Aston Villa: Mat Kendrick’s question prompts discussion amongst the Claret and Blue fans - Aston Villa

Aston Villa were in the running to sign Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United last summer, with the Whites eventually keeping hold of the defensive midfielder. 

After failing to land the 24-year-old’s signature, the board turned to Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba instead, leading the Birmingham Mail’s Mat Kendrick to pose the question as to whether the Villans should have gone all out for Phillips before the start of the season.

The £10.8m-valued Englishman has made 31 appearances in the Championship for Marcelo Bielsa’s side so far, scoring 1 goal and creating 2 assists, making 2.8 tackles per game, averaging 1.3 interceptions, and completing 1.3 clearances on average in the second division (WhoScored).

In comparison, after arriving at Villa Park from Premier League champions Manchester City for £15.12m, Luiz has played in 26 games under Dean Smith up until now, netting 3 goals, producing 2 assists, as well as registering 1.1 tackles on average, notching just 0.7 interceptions, and providing at least 1.2 clearances in the league (WhoScored).

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His teammate has featured in 21 matches for Smith’s squad, recording 2.4 tackles per game, achieving 1.7 interceptions on average, and racking up roughly 1.4 clearances up until now.

It is fair to say the Midlands football editor’s query has prompted lots of replies from the Claret and Blue fan base, with one supporter saying officials made a “massive blunder,” and another suggesting “Luiz is better.”

Scroll through the different reactions down below…

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