According to Sky Sports, Aston Villa are hoping to sign Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah on loan before the end of the transfer window.
This comes as part of a late drive from The Villans to bolster their squad before the end of the month. A number of departures this month have meant that Villa have been able to free up some money to force through moves like this.
The Lions are in some financial difficulty at the moment, and do not want to spend extravagantly. Therefore, a loan deal makes the most sense for the club to avoid any more trouble down the line. The benefit that Villa have is that they are still respected enough as a club to be able to attract Premier League players, as was shown with the Yannick Bolasie loan earlier this season and current top-scorer Tammy Abraham.
This is one of the most encouraging things for Aston Villa at the moment; that they are still able to attract players from the Premier League. Chalobah is an England international and is clearly held in high regard, and despite Villa’s modest league position, they are still linked with players like this. It is hard to imagine clubs like Blackburn or Bristol, who are higher than Villa in the Championship, attracting names like this. This is the greatest indication that this is just a blip for Villa at the moment, and they will bounce back due to their status.
Chalobah is a good player who has unfortunately been ravaged by injury over the past few seasons, which has seriously hampered his development. He has fallen out of favour at Vicarage Road, and has only played six games this season in the league, and at the age of 24, he cannot afford to have another lacklustre loan spell if he has any ambition of consistently playing for England or playing for one of the Premier League’s top teams.
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