As you’ll know and probably be trying not to think about right now, Aston Villa’s fate will be sealed in a number of days and the tension is becoming unbearable. Why, oh why, is football so stressful?
Indeed, it could be Villa’s second successive play-off final loss, or their greatest day in recent memory (probably not just that recent, anymore) that grants them access back into the Premier League for the first time since 2016. Still, whatever happens, the turnaround that Dean Smith and his team managed to produce was sensational and they will surely feel that alone could see them past Derby.
On the day of a final, anything is possible but after, attention straight away must turn to the transfer window and who could strengthen their team for either the Premier League or Championship. So, reports from the Daily Mail earlier this week already suggesting that Aston Villa could conduct some shrewd, early business with the capture of Luton’s left-back James Justin hit the right notes, we believe.
The 19-year-old, (who is valued at £23k on Transfermarkt) was sensational for the Hatters as they gained promotion to the Championship as League One champions this season. Indeed, he amassed 43 appearances in the league and had a hand in eleven goals, 3 himself whilst setting up eight others.
That’s pretty good going for a youngster in such a physically demanding league and the kind of dynamic vibrancy he showed all season long would easily translate to a step (or two) up in division, should he be given the time. Obviously, full-backs are HUGELY important to the modern game and securing one of such promise would be both a major statement in the market (considering the fact Leicester are also linked in the same report) and a sensible move.
The EFL Young Player of the Year has the potential to get much better and would already be considered an upgrade on Neil Taylor, judging purely on the season he has just endured. While it could be a costly deal and there will be a lot of competition to sign him but Dean Smith would love to finally have James Justin in his squad for next season.
Would you like to see the Luton man in a Villa shirt? If not, why not? Let us know!
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