Aston Villa could sign their new Juan Pablo Angel in Southampton and England striker Danny Ings.
In a countdown of Villa’s 50 greatest ever players done back in 2011, Angel was named 49th, with his profile piece saying: “It took Juan Pablo Angel a while to justify his £9.5m club record price tag but there’s no doubt that he eventually achieved his aim as he evolved into one of Villa’s most popular players of the modern era.
“Quick, deceptively strong and clinical in the penalty area, he developed into one of the most dangerous strikers in the top flight, scoring some magnificent goals. None was better, arguably, than his darting run through the heart of Chelsea’s defence before drilling home a stunning low shot from just outside the penalty area. As well as his obvious quality in front of goal, Angel will also go down as one of the most popular players for Villa in the modern era.”
And just like Angel, Ings is also similarly clinical, with his ability to finish off either feet and his clever movement off the ball a real thorn for defences. Clinton Morrison even described that area of his game as “first-class” and compared him to Robbie Keane.
His current boss at Southampton, Ralph Hasenhuttl has lauded his exploits as “unbelievable”, and he has been proving that in the top-flight for a few years now.
Ings enjoyed another decent campaign in the Premier League last season, firing in 12 goals in just 29 top-flight games – that of course followed on from the season before when he bagged 22, just behind Jamie Vardy’s league-leading 23.
As per Understat, in the 55 Premier League goals that he has scored in total, only five of them have come from outside the box, with several coming within the width of the six-yard area – a real indication of the way in which his clever positioning and off-the-ball movement can outfox defenders.
Dean Smith could well sign Villa’s new Angel in the Southampton man this summer.