With the January transfer window almost upon us, various rumours are starting to surface regarding clubs up and down the country — and Aston Villa are just one of those clubs.
According to The Telegraph, the Villans are interested in signing Pedro, who has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea following Frank Lampard’s arrival.
Should Aston Villa go all out for Pedro in January?
And should Dean Smith manage to lure the 32-year-old to Villa Park, Danny Mills believes it would be quite the capture.
“Pedro is a quality player, he has won everything there is to win,” the former England defender told Football Insider. “And if he is surplus to requirements at Chelsea, obviously no doubt there will be many teams who will be very interested in him and I can see why.
“He’s got pace, experience and he can get you a goal, all of these type of thing, and he’ll certainly add quality to Aston Villa’s side that’s for sure.”
Mills is right; Pedro would certainly add technical quality to this Villa team. Last season, the Spaniard averaged 1.4 dribbles per game in the Premier League (as per WhoScored). To put that into perspective, currently, Jack Grealish is the only attacking player in Smith’s squad averaging more (1.7), showing the kind of direct threat Pedro could bring to the squad.
As shown on Transfermarkt, the former Barcelona man is also capable of playing on both flanks, making him a versatile asset.
When you factor in all of his experience as well, all things considered, you would have to say the World Cup winner ticks most of the boxes for a Premier League side aiming for survival.
For a cut-price fee, too, this looks like a no-brainer.
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