Aston Villa’s problems this season span a long list, but issues in the defence are cause for particular concern. They’ve shipped more than 10 goals already this season, and Steve Bruce clearly has a big problem on his hands.
Unfortunately, that problem is now infinitely more difficult to solve, given that the transfer window has closed and won’t now re-open until January. That means he either has to stick with what he’s got or try and find a short-term free agent fix. Realistically, whilst a short-term fix may provide salvation for a few weeks, those moves do come with an inherent risk – and so it’s something that Bruce needs to be wary of. After all, they’re free agents for a reason.
Perhaps, then, it may be better for him to wait until January, as he’ll then be able to bring in anyone he wants.
He had particular trouble over the summer trying to find a permanent solution, and so perhaps a loan deal could be an option. He’ll then get access to the upper-tier of player that he may otherwise not be able to land.
One player that would be a sensational pick would be Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu.
Ampadu recently made headlines for his stunning performances for Wales during the international break. He was a focal point of Ryan Giggs’ squad, proving that he’s more than ready to make the step up for his nation, and subsequently, he’d be more than capable of turning out for a team like Aston Villa in the Championship.
Though eerily reminiscent of David Luiz from a distance, the Welshman has so much to his game that has evaded the Chelsea defender. He’s far more composed at the back, and mistakes are rare – and given his age, that’s truly a testament to his ability. Despite this, though he’s also a comfortable passer and he’s happy to move forward with the ball. In contrast to Luiz, though, he does this in a far more measured way, and so he is an inherently less risky player to have in the team.
Undoubtedly, Ampadu’s main qualities come in his defensive ability. His tackling, positioning and pace make him the perfect young defender, and his composure at the back means that he’s rarely rash and always looks to make the correct decision.
Granted, he’s just 18-years-old, and mistakes will happen – but he will continue to learn from them, and so far he hasn’t put a foot wrong for club or country. He’s looked right at home in the Chelsea squad whenever he has played, but with Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and others ahead of him, he doesn’t stand much of a chance of getting involved this season.
A loan move, then, may make sense for all clubs, and if Aston Villa were able to land him, they’d be getting one of the most talented young players in the English football pyramid. John Terry may be an easier and more immediate signing, but the results that Ampadu could bring may be huge.
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