After surviving relegation from the Premier League on the final day of last season, Aston Villa fans will surely be hoping for a campaign without that kind of stress.
And judging by the kind of start they have made so far, both on and off the pitch, it does look to be a season of promise for Dean Smith’s side.
A victory over Sheffield United in their opening Premier League game has set them up perfectly, whilst they have made exciting signings in the likes of Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore in particular.
Now, French publication Foot Mercato claim the club have made a €17.5m (£16m) offer for Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien, and that they see him following a similar path to former star Idrissa Gueye.
And after hearing about their links to the 5 foot 11 midfielder, Villa fans took to Twitter to share their reactions.
Final year of contract so would be sub €10m imo.
Would walk into our team definitely. As to whether we could agree personal terms with I’m not so sure.
It’s also SSN so who knows if this is even true 😉
— Misha Miguel (@MishaMiguel1) September 25, 2020
— Bish_AvFc (@RBishop_1990) September 25, 2020
Yes please…. quality centre mid who will only make us a stronger team… get a winger and a striker in too and we have the nucleus of a cracking squad..
— DredgenMatt_Avfc (@Mattachu_Avfc) September 25, 2020
Very very interesting this he is a serious baller
— Liam Lovelace-Smith (@SmithLovelace) September 25, 2020
Be a quality signing! Talented baller.
— Skelly Tan (@SkellyVTID) September 26, 2020
On my knees
— Cam🏴 (@camavfc__) September 25, 2020
— Louis Mills (@LouMillsYT) September 25, 2020
A couple of fans lauded the fact that he could be a quality box-to-box midfielder, with one Villa supporter even suggesting that Cyprien reminds him of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.
Box to box quality mid. Ball control is out of this world.
— MYLO ₉⁹₉ (@mylokieran) September 25, 2020
Box to box young guy reminds me abit of kante
— Villa4life (@Villa4life62) September 25, 2020
As a midfielder who scored an impressive eight goals in just 24 games across all competitions last season for Nice, it’s no surprise to see Villa fans seem particularly excited by the potential arrival of Cyprien.
Having someone from deep who can chip in regularly with goals and break into the box to provide an extra edge to their attack could be the key to ensuring main man Jack Grealish doesn’t feel too burdened.
Villa could be making yet another shrewd move in the transfer market.