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Aston Villa should look to land Man City’s 18-year-old wonderkid if they are promoted next season

The Aston Villa fans were in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern earlier in the week after their side recorded a 4-1 victory over league-leaders Wolves last weekend, but the mood was radically depleted by their 3-1 defeat against QPR on Tuesday night.  

The resident Villans propping up our bar are beginning to dream of clinching promotion back to the Premier League thanks to their side’s brilliant run of form in recent weeks, but their result against QPR has tarnished their aspirations somewhat. However, that has not prevented the supporters from opening discussions regarding potential transfer targets to pursue if they return to the Premier League next season. Plenty of names continue to crop up in conversation, some more realistic than others, but one player which the club would be wise to consider is Manchester City’s 18-year-old Brahiam Diaz.

The rise of Phil Foden this season has rather overshadowed the development of Diaz who has arguably been equally as impressive as Foden during his cameo appearances in City’s first-team. Diaz has made 8 appearances so far, 1 of which was a start during City’s Carabao Cup victory against Leicester City in December.

Understandably, his opportunities have been limited within a squad which is condensed with talent of the highest quality, but he has looked impressive whenever Guardiola has called upon him to showcase his talents. Diaz possesses both the ability and the confidence to collect the ball in space before driving at his opponents defence with frightening speed and purpose – a quality which Villa would hugely benefit from in the top-flight.

It’s too early to say whether Diaz can make the grade at City, but his cause would certainly be aided by acquiring first-team experience away from the club in the Premier League, so a loan move to Villa would represent an ideal transfer for all parties concerned.

There would be little to no financial burden of signing Diaz on a temporary loan deal, and considering the level of potential he has demonstrated in Manchester so far, Steve Bruce would be foolish not to consider signing him if his side achieve promotion to the top-flight this season.

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