Aston Villa

Bruce must urge Tony Xia to land linked-away £7.2m-rated ace if Aston Villa go up

Aston Villa supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side keep their slim Championship automatic promotion hopes alive courtesy of a 4-0 thrashing of Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Steve Bruce’s men went into their clash at Portman Road off the back of narrow victories over Preston North End and Leeds United, results which just about kept them in contention for a top two finish. And they moved to within four points of second place Cardiff City on Saturday as a brace from Lewis Grabban alongside goals from Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury sealed a routine success for the Midlands giants, and following Cardiff’s 3-1 defeat at Derby County on Tuesday night, Villa remain in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot.

Subsequently, there have been many buoyant Villans supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hopeful that their side can indeed usurp both Cardiff and Fulham for second place with just two games of the campaign remaining.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Villa fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente could seek to leave the club this summer.

And Villans chief Bruce must urge chairman Dr Tony Xia to make a summer move for the linked-away £7.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) if their team do indeed win promotion to the Premier League.

Ultimately, 33-year-old Llorente has endured a testing time in North London since his summer move from Swansea City, with just 15 Premier League appearances and one goal to show for his efforts this term.

And when he has been given the opportunity by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, the Spain international has looked a shadow of the player who impressed for the Swans last season, and indeed for Athletic Bilbao in years previous.

And while some may be put off by the striker’s difficulties this term, one mustn’t forget the impact he had in South Wales last term in bagging 15 goals in just 33 league games for Swansea, ultimately playing an integral part in keeping them in the Premier League.

Thus, Llorente has the ability to score goals in the lower end of the top-flight, and given the relationship he struck up with Gylfi Sigurdsson last season, there’s no reason why he couldn’t do the same with the likes of Robert Snodgrass at Villa next time round, should he seal a permanent move to the club.

Significantly though, Bruce does appear to be in need of a goal-scorer what with just two players, Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane, breaking into double figures this season – Llorente could be that man.

He’d also bring even more experience to the Villa squad, something Bruce sought in last year’s summer transfer window, as well as a proven record in scoring goals at Premier League level.

And with his Spurs career seemingly over, Bruce should urge the club’s hierarchy to make a move for the Spaniard this summer.

Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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