Christian Fuchs was one of the stars of Leicester City’s unprecedented title-winning season in 2016, but Ben Chilwell’s rise has pushed him towards the exit door and Aston Villa are now weighing up a January move to help him resurrect his career.
Indeed, according to the Daily Mirror, Villa are lining up a bid to take Fuchs to Villa Park on loan until the end of the season, with Dean Smith eager to bolster his options at full-back.
Neil Taylor is currently the only full-back residing within his squad who is naturally left-footed, so Fuchs would offer Villa a more balanced alternative to the first-choice defender and simultaneously increase the competition for a starting berth.
Fuchs may well be edging towards the end of his career at 32-years-old, but the experience he can offer Villa could be priceless in their bid to return to the top-flight.
The 78-time capped Austria international has established himself as something of a cult hero at the King Power Stadium during his time at the club, endearing himself to the supporters with his immaculate consistency and willingness to give everything for the cause.
Fuchs’s experience in Leicester’s Premier League title victory in 2016 would ensure a composed and reliable presence at full-back, while his voice in the dressing room would offer crucial wisdom to some of the less experienced players at Villa.
That Fuchs has played just five times for the Foxes this season, four of which were Carabao Cup appearances, is enough to suggest that he is surplus to requirements at the club, but his £60,000 per week contract may yet prove a stumbling block in negotiations between the Midlands-based clubs.
Providing a huge level of experience, genuine balance on the left side of defence and experience of holding his nerve in season-defining fixtures at the highest level, Fuchs would be a shrewd addition to Smith’s dressing room this month.
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