Aston Villa enjoyed a great January transfer window adding four new first-team players to their squad, with the additions of Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne already having a positive impact on the side, but Johan Lange could be set to repeat the mistakes of the past as potential transfer plans have been revealed.
The Villans have been linked with a surprising move for Arsenal forward, Alexandre Lacazette, as he is available on a free transfer this summer after failing to secure a new contract with the Gunners as of yet, and is reportedly demanding a €6m salary according to Sporx.
The potential signing is a shock, especially considering Villa already have a wide range of forward players, including Danny Ings who was signed by the club in the summer to bolster the strike force. As a result, it is hard to see how Lacazette would fit into the team and where he would gain game time over the current crop of players that the club already has.
The 30-year-old who was scathed for being “sloppy” by Arsenal legend Ian Wright, has been a key player for his current club over the last four years, with a G/A of 102 over 192 appearances and a goal involvement every 121 minutes, which is impressive, however his output this season has stagnated with just three strikes so far in the Premier League.
Ross McCormack is renowned for being one of Aston Villa’s worst ever signings made by former owner Tony Xia, with the centre forward who cost Villa £12m back in 2016, flopping significantly over his three year period at the club with just three goals and one assist during his time.
Lange could be set to make a similar mistake by signing Lacazette, with his goal contribution declining and his chances of actually starting in the team over his peers like Ollie Watkins and Ings unlikely, it doesn’t seem like it would be a worthwhile move when you consider the striker’s salary demands.
Although it would be a free transfer, if the reports are to be believed his wage expectations would make him the highest paid player at the club, and taking the Gunners captain’s age into consideration, Villa would put themselves in a better position by signing a younger player for the future to add to their strike force should they feel it necessary to do so.
Gerrard is currently working hard to build his team of the future to suit his philosophy, and adding a player like Lacazette would only be a short term solution for strengthening the squad as well as potentially hindering the development of younger players in the forward line, so Lange should think twice before plotting a move this summer.
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