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Aston Villa already struck gold with Chambers transfer

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard concluded some excellent business in the January transfer window, having bought Lucas Digne and loaned Philippe Coutinho to help steer the club away from a potential relegation battle.

However, one signing which went under the radar and has represented great value for money is Calum Chambers, who arrived on a free transfer from Arsenal after a difficult time in north London where he was once described as “an accident waiting to happen,” by pundit Tony Cascarino.

During Villa’s 4-0 home win over Southampton, he made an impressive eight clearances, as well as winning all three of his aerial duels against his former club, on his way to earning a 7.3 SofaScore match rating and clean sheet.

Was Calum Chambers the biggest bargain of January?

Yes, he has been excellent!

Yes, he has been excellent!

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No, he isn't first team quality!

He also played a big part in Douglas Luiz’ goal by playing a fantastic long ball forward to Coutinho, and former Premier League defender Stephen Warnock believed not many passes will top it this year.

“I’m going to go out on a limb here, this is a centre-back passing the ball in Chambers,” Warnock said.

“This is arguably the pass of the season. We’ve seen [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Mohamed] Salah, [Jordan] Henderson, some of the passes we have seen with the outside of the foot.”This is a centre-half, it was an outrageous pass. Just look where his [Coutinho] run starts from, to see that run and execute the pass, what a ball.”And then to be unselfish and play that, that is just brilliant, all-round outstanding goal.”

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Chambers on average wins over three duels per game, as well as making one tackle and just under five clearances, with him approaching his prime at 27-years-old, it could be now or never for the centre-back.

But with Gerrard “not convinced” by Ezri Konsa, Chambers is likely to receive plenty of game time as we approach the end of the season, making him a particularly ideal addition to the squad.

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