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Aston Villa should unleash Douglas Luiz

Aston Villa face Burnley at Turf Moor today in a game which could have implications at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Villa are in no real danger of relegation, whereas the Clarets are fighting for their lives and will surely put up a battling performance against Steven Gerrard’s men.

The 41-year-old should be ready to unleash Douglas Luiz from the start in what could be a move which enables the away side to secure all three points and continue to build momentum.

On the chalkboard

The Brazilian signed for the Midlanders from Manchester City in the summer of 2019 for a reported fee of £15m, excellent business by the club as his market value now stands at £31.5m, meaning that Villa could make a tidy profit if they decide to sell him.

The 23-year-old has made 30 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring once and providing three assists. The midfielder has an average SofaScore rating of 6.79, which makes him the seventh-highest rated player in the Villa squad, showing his importance when he does play.

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He only got 17 minutes off the bench as a substitute against Norwich last week, but that was still time enough for him to win two tackles and complete all 15 of his passes (as per SofaScore). For context, that was one more pass than Tim Iroegbunam, who he replaced in the 73rd minute, completed all afternoon.

Luiz is an asset in both an attacking and defensive sense. He produces 2.42 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes, which has accumulated to 61 in total during the season, proving that he regularly helps the Villa attack.

With 59 tackles, 35 blocks and 53 interceptions over the course of his 30 league matches, he isn’t shy in getting stuck in to help out his team from a defensive aspect, proving his worth to Gerrard.

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His performances have led The Athletic’s Gregg Evans to dub him an “absolute star”, with further praise coming from former Arsenal striker Ian Wright. who has said that he is “underrated”.

The £52k-p/w Luiz has shown in the past what an excellent addition he has been to Villa, and with Gerrard reportedly aiming to rejig his squad in the summer ahead of a potential tilt at European football next season, the exit-linked Brazilian should be kept at all costs.

In the meantime, the 23-year-old should be unleashed against Burnley today after his tidy performance off the bench last week.

AND in other news, Villa eyeing £16k-p/w ace who “gives absolutely everything”, he’s better than Mings

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