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Aston Villa must ditch Morgan Sanson

Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson could yet leave Villa Park in the next few hours.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to Sacha Tavolieri, with the Belgian journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that, despite the 28-year-old’s proposed deadline-day switch to Espanyol falling through, the Frenchman could yet seal a move away from the Premier League side this summer, with Galatasaray believed to be interested in a loan deal for the former France U21 international.

In his post, the journalist said: “Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson attracted by the sirens of Turkey! Despite his last-minute aborted deal with Espanyol (TMS issue), the ex-OM player could find his happiness at Galatasaray SK, interested in him on loan! Wait and see.”

Sanson must go

Considering just how little Sanson has featured for Villa since his £16m signing back in January of last year, coupled with how poor the midfielder has been when he has been awarded game time, should Galatasaray indeed be interested in a move for the 28-year-old, Johan Lange simply must do everything in his power to move the Frenchman on.

Indeed, over his nine Premier League appearances – only three of which came as starts – back in 2020/21, the £9m-rated midfielder failed to impress, scoring no goals, registering no assists and creating no big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of just 0.4 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, 13 passes and losing possession 5.8 times per game.

These returns saw the former Olympique de Marseille star average an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.66, ranking him as Villa’s fifth-worst performer in the top flight of English football that year.

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Things did not improve for the £48k-per-week man over his ten league fixtures – only three of which came as starts – last season, with Sanson once again failing to score, register an assist or create a big chance, in addition to making an average of a mere 0.1 key passes, 12 total passes and being beaten by an opponent 0.4 times per game.

These returns saw the player who Dean Smith dubbed “frustrating” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.68, ranking him as Steven Gerrard’s 11th-worst performer in the Premier League last time out.

Furthermore, the 28-year-old is yet to feature in the top flight in the current campaign and, with Gerrard previously admitting he would not stand in the Frenchman’s way should a club come in for him over the summer, it would not appear as if Sanson features in the 42-year-old’s long-term plans at Villa Park.

As such, should Galatasaray indeed be interested in a last-minute Turkish deadline day swoop for the midfielder, it would appear an extremely wise move for Lange to do everything he can in order to facilitate a deal, as it is clear that retaining the services of the Frenchman until at least the January transfer window would be nothing but a waste of money for the club.

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