Despite their impressive early summer transfer business, Aston Villa appear intent on adding further additions in the coming weeks, with one key area to address seemingly that of the centre-forward ranks.
Although previous links to Steven Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez failed to bear fruit, the belief is that the Midlands club are still chasing a new striker this summer, along with a new left-sided defender and a midfielder.
One name who has been somewhat tentatively linked with a move to Villa Park of late is Lille striker Jonathan David, with Birmingham Mail journalist Ashley Preece suggesting that the Villans have been tracking the 22-year-old since his days at former club Gent, whom he left in 2020 to move to France.
The Athletic‘s Gregg Evans has also noted the Premier League club’s longstanding interest in the Canada international, although he stated that while the Villans ‘would be interested’ in a player of his quality, there has not yet been any ‘serious push’ to sign him.
The £40.5m-rated gem has become a real player of interest following his explosive form in recent years in Ligue 1, having scored 32 goals and provided five assists in 96 games in all competitions for his current club, including 28 league goals across the last two seasons combined.
With 20 goals to his name already for his country in just 30 appearances, the £35k-per-week speedster – who has been dubbed “fearless” by his national team coach John Herdman – looks set be a player who will get even better in the coming years.
Described as an “emerging superstar” by journalist Musa Okwonga last year, the Brooklyn-born starlet would seemingly add a real sprinkling of star quality to Gerrard’s attacking unit, with goals having been in short supply last term.
Villa’s top scorer in all competitions was Ollie Watkins with just 11 goals – all of which came in the league – with fellow striker Danny Ings trailing behind with a fairly underwhelming tally of seven league goals, albeit while providing six assists.
The latter in particular appears to be facing an uncertain future at Villa Park despite having only signed on a £25m deal from Southampton last year, amid reports that NSWE could be open to selling him this summer.
According to pundit Gabby Agbonlahor, the partnership between Watkins and Ings is simply “not working”, with it likely to be the latter who will make way if the latest rumours are to be believed.
The £100k-per-week marksman has failed to recapture the stunning form that he showed at St Mary’s – where he scored 41 league goals in three seasons – while his chequered injury history may spark concerns as to whether he can ever be a reliable figure to lead the line.
Should Ings be moved on in the current transfer window, the younger and hungrier option of David would no doubt be an ideal replacement and upgrade. The thought of the devastation that he could cause in Villa’s front line would be frightening for Premier League defences.