An update has emerged on Aston Villa and their interest in signing Marcus Thuram during the upcoming January transfer window…
According to the printed edition of L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, Unai Emery is ‘determined’ to secure a deal to sign the Borussia Monchengladbach striker at the start of 2023.
The Spanish manager is keen on a swoop for the forward after being interested in taking him to Villarreal during his time in Spain prior to arriving at Villa Park.
German outlet Bild reported earlier this month that the French international is set to be available for a fee in the region of €10m (£8.6m) due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Emery could form an exciting partnership at the top end of the pitch by signing Thuram and playing him alongside Buendia in the second half of the campaign.
The Argentine international combined with striker Teemu Pukki for 21 goals in 107 appearances for Norwich during his time in Norfolk and this shows that he can form a connection with the number nine in front of him.
Buendia ranks in the 94th percentile among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues over the last 365 days for progressive passes per 90 with 4.90. Thuram, meanwhile, ranks in the 82nd percentile for progressive passes received per 90 with 7.62, whilst he is also in the 91st percentile for attacking touches in the penalty area per 90.
These statistics suggest that the French international, who is currently at the World Cup with his country, thrives off receiving the ball in the penalty box and is adept at finding space to get on the end of passes, whilst the Villa star excels at providing the service that the forward needs.
The Monchengladbach gem, who has been dubbed “clinical” by journalist Raj Chohan, was previously described as a “monster” by Herve Renard during his youth days and the 6-foot-4 striker certainly cuts an imposing figure at the top end of the pitch.
He is a machine up front and his impressive goalscoring statistics in the Bundesliga this season – scoring 10 goals in 15 starts – indicate that he also has the quality to make a big impact in the Premier League if he can adapt to English football.
Buendia, who has racked up 49 assists in English football since the summer of 2018, has proven that he has the ability in possession to find Thuram in good positions and this could result in the pair forming a frightening partnership for Villa as they could link up to devastate teams in the final third.