Aston Villa could create an exciting partnership by signing Sampdoria flier Mikkel Damsgaard this summer.
According to Calciomercato, Dean Smith’s side are one of a number of clubs, both domestically and from abroad, who are interested in signing the Denmark international in this transfer window.
The report claims that Damsgaard’s future will be decided in the next few days, and that while Sampdoria’s manager has spoken about his desire to keep him, it remains to be seen whether he will remain with the Serie A outfit.
The £18m-rated winger has been hailed as being “phenomenal” by Denmark teammate, Kasper Schmeichel, for his performances during EURO 2020 over the summer – Damsgaard of course was the man who struck that superb free-kick in the semi-finals against England at Wembley Stadium.
Villa of course have already brought in a couple of winger additions in the likes of Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey, and it’s Damsgaard’s potential partnership with the latter that really has the potential to excite at Villa Park.
Like Bailey, Damsgaard has got an abundance of pace, and according to Norwegian football expert, Martin Mikkelsen, he is “dynamic and can go both ways.”
And, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell added to his list of lengthy admirers, saying “he looks very sharp on the ball and has an eye for goal too.”
When you look at his eye-catching displays for Denmark at the EUROs, you can see someone who can make a real difference in the final third and is very similar to the way Bailey operates.
As per Whoscored, Damsgaard averaged an impressive 1.8 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game during the competition – all evidence of someone who’s direct, forward thinking but also has the creativity to pick out his teammates and set them up.
In comparison, Bailey averaged 1.9 shots, 1.6 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga last season.
With Damsgaard right-footed, and Bailey left, Villa could have two inside forwards operating at the same time and cutting in for devastating effect.
Having the duo wreak havoc on either side could cause real nightmares for Premier League sides coming up against them, and makes Damsgaard a perfect acquisition for Smith this summer.
With Anwar El Ghazi linked with an exit, and Trezeguet on the shelf with an injury, Damsgaard’s arrival bolsters Villa’s options on the left-hand side and gives them a real goal threat going forward.