Aston Villa have wrapped up their second signing of the January transfer window with the arrival of Lucas Digne being confirmed by the club’s official channels.
It didn’t take the Midlands club too long to spring into action this month to help manager Steven Gerrard strengthen his Premier League squad with the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona as well.
Despite not even hitting the midway point of the month yet, it appears as though the club could be set to announce a new player at Villa Park very soon.
In a recent Twitter post from journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, he revealed that Digne had signed his contract to become a Villa player in a deal worth an apparent fee of €27m (£22.5m).
The official announcement then took place on Thursday morning as the left-back was proudly unveiled as Gerrard’s latest signing.
Since joining Everton back in the 2018 summer transfer window from Barcelona in a deal worth £18m, the left-back made 127 appearances for the Merseyside club across all competitions, with 113 of those appearances coming in the Premier League, highlighting the vast experience that he’ll be able to offer Gerrard’s side.
With six goals and 20 assists under his belt during his time at Goodison Park, the Frenchman will also be able to provide Villa with another attacking outlet from the left-back position, more so than current Villa full-back Matt Targett, who only has three goals and five assists in 89 appearances for the club across all competitions.
Digne’s situation at Everton eventually became unpleasant after a reported falling out with manager Rafa Benitez last month. As a result, for Johan Lange to pounce so quickly on a player from a league rival, especially one as experienced and capable as Digne is nothing short of a masterclass from the recruitment team.
He is a player with plenty of knowledge of the Premier League, and like Coutinho, should be able to impose himself on Gerrard’s side in a swift fashion. This has been a tremendous window so far for the Villans with Lange really demonstrating how good he can be in the market when given money to spend.
Moving forward, if Digne can hit the ground running at Villa and cement himself as an important figure in the team, this will give Gerrard’s side a big boost for the remainder of the season and potentially push them into the top half of the table if he can add some goals and assists to his tally for the season.