The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece has dropped an update on Aston Villa’s pursuit of Emile Smith Rowe.
Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that Dean Smith’s side are intent on signing the Arsenal starlet this summer, having already seen two bids for the England U21 international turned down by the Gunners.
And now, writing initially on Twitter, Preece said: “Back on the #avfc beat after some time off as pre-season training begins at Bodymoor Heath today. Expecting around 18/26 first-team players to be in + youngsters. Worth noting Traore had groin surgery 3 weeks ago. Transfers: Villa still pushing hard for Smith Rowe.”
Speaking on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast earlier last season, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said: “Emile Smith Rowe has come in and been a revelation. They needed someone to light the flame, give them that spark.
“He’s an academy boy and you can see he’s doing a great job, the fans love him. I hope with Odegaard coming into the club, that doesn’t stop him being instrumental in what they’re doing. But I’ve been so impressed with him, I love his work ethic, I love the way he runs with the ball, he’s been a breath of fresh air for this team, exactly when they needed it.”
And, his former manager on loan at Huddersfield in the Championship a couple of seasons ago, Danny Cowley, even made some impressive comparisons with Villa’s very own talisman, and England star Jack Grealish.
He said: “He has got that little bit of Jack Grealish about him. He’s got the ability to square defenders up and go past them like they’re not there. He’s so hard not to get excited about, he has potential to be world-class.”
Having already tied up a deal for Norwich’s Emi Buendia, adding another attacking, creative player like Smith Rowe to go along with the Argentine and Grealish would create a mouth-watering list of options for Smith to use next season in the Premier League.
Given supporters have already made it clear just how excited they would be were Smith Rowe to join, it’s exactly why Preece’s latest transfer update, that Villa are still pushing hard to get Smith Rowe, will have Villans fans buzzing.