Aston Villa

TT Battle: Aston Villa or Barnsley for Liam Lindsay

He’s performed remarkably, hasn’t he? Liam Lindsay has been a mainstay at the back for Barnsley this season and has played a pivotal role in the fight for League One promotion in order to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Lindsay has featured 36 times for the Reds in the League and in the games, he has heavily contributed to keeping a joint-record 20 clean sheets so far this season. The only other time was in the 1984/85 season, so Lindsay must be doing something right.

The 23-year-old’s dominant displays will have certainly caught the eye of potential suitors who could look to snatch Lindsay from Barnsley hands in the summer transfer window. With links having floated around for a while, we discuss what would be best for Lindsay’s future…

Aston Villa

It comes of no surprise that Lindsay’s form will have caught the eye at Villa Park. A report from The Sun on Sunday (24/2; page 64), as per HITC, suggested that Villa are monitoring the Scotsman and it could involve a fee of £2.5m.

Given Villa’s injury woes at centre-back with Tommy Elphick and James Chester injured, as well as Axel Tuanzebe just returning from a spell on the sidelines, the move would be most suited to right now, but, obviously, that will not happen.

When Tuanzebe, Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings return to their parent clubs, Villa will once again be short of depth in that position and Lindsay’s performances more than warrant a starting role so he should not settle for any less if he is to move to the Midlands.

TT Grade: B

Barnsley

The alternative option would be to stay at Barnsley where he has developed so well during his time there.

He has been such a key component of Daniel Stendel’s winning formula and as seen across his two campaigns in South Yorkshire, he can hold his own in either division so if he was to move on it would be a big loss.

TT Grade: B

TT VERDICT

Despite grading both clubs the same in terms what suits Lindsay best, that is solely dependant on the outcome of this season. If Barnsley do manage to get automatic promotion, even with Portsmouth and Sunderland hot on their heels, or, slip down slightly and make it up via the play-offs, then Lindsay should stay and try to help stabilise Barnsley as a championship outfit.

However, if Barnsley finds themselves in League One for another campaign, it should be Lindsay’s time to move on and Villa Park would be a fantastic place to continue his development.

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