Emiliano Buendia is not a replacement for Jack Grealish, says Aston Villa journalist Luke Hatfield.
Villa signed the Argentine winger from Norwich City last month in a deal said to be worth £40m, a club-record fee.
Considering that, you could forgive fans for wondering if he had been bought to replace Grealish.
The Villa captain has been linked with a move away from the Midlands club for a while now, with Sky Sports reporting that Manchester City are readying a bid.
However, according to Hatfield, that is not the case. Instead, Buendia has been brought in to complement Grealish.
“It’s an interesting one and a lot of fans have kind of put two and two together with that,” the Express & Star journalist said as he discussed Buendia and Grealish in a chat with FFC.
“Buendia’s come in, obviously plays a similar position, albeit off the right as opposed to Grealish playing off the left. Villa are very much in the camp that he was brought in to be an addition to Jack Grealish and not a replacement.”
It will come as a relief to Villa fans, who will not want to see their chief creator, who provided 10 assists in the Premier League last season, leave this summer.
Of course, a lot could still happen before the transfer window closes, especially with Manchester City sniffing around. But the signs indicate that the Villans want to build around Grealish rather than sell him off for big money.