Aston Villa are reportedly keeping tabs on Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama as they consider doing some more business before the transfer window slams shut.
So far, Dean Smith has added striker Mbwana Samatta and goalkeeper Pepe Reina to his squad. However, according to Takvim (via Daily Record), he might not be done there with Wanyama now said to be of interest.
You would have to question, though, whether signing the 28-year-old this month would be a good move given his injury record. As shown on Transfermarkt, he has missed large chunks of recent seasons due to injuries.
Caught up in a very fierce relegation battle, the Villans need players they can rely on if they are to secure Premier League survival. On the periphery at Tottenham having made just two league appearances this season, they also risk signing a player out of tune.
And it is not to say that Villa are in desperate need of a defensive midfielder. Both Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz can play there, who have averaged 2.7 tackles and 0.9 tackles per game respectively this term (via WhoScored). The former is vastly superior to Wanyama’s average of one from the 2018/19 campaign and the latter just below it.
At the peak of his powers, Wanyama was a brilliant player. In his first season at Southampton, his tackles per game average actually stood at 2.8.
However, there has been a decline, largely due to injury. For that very reason, Smith and Villa should think twice before making a move for the Kenya international.
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