Aston Villa are likely to secure the signing of Jan Bednarek on loan before Thursday’s transfer deadline…
That’s according to The Athletic and Sky Sports contributor Dan Bardell, who delivered a fresh update on Villa’s plans to ‘The Transfer Talk’ show on Bank Holiday Monday.
“I think Villa probably will get one or two in before the deadline later this week,” he said.
“I think they’ll get a centre-back in because they need to, because they lost Diego Carlos who was a big summer signing. It sounds like it will be Bednarek from Southampton on loan.
“From what I hear, that looks like the most likely.”
After just one win in their opening four games, stretching to a run of just three wins in 15 games under his tenure, manager Steven Gerrard is under intense pressure to turn things around at Villa Park.
The Midlands side were once again defeated at the weekend, losing 1-0 to West Ham United in a narrow encounter but it doesn’t look as if things will get any easier going forward as it’s Arsenal up next on Wednesday night and then defending champions Manchester City on Saturday.
It seems as if the serious injury to summer signing Diego Carlos has taken some steam out of the club, particularly after they enjoyed quite a successful and positive pre-season campaign.
The Brazilian’s absence must be filled as it’s clear that Gerrard doesn’t trust his other options as much. For instance, Tyrone Mings was once again absent from the starting XI, this time due to a reported illness.
Bednarek could be the man to save the Liverpudlian’s bacon heading into deadline day this week.
His vast Premier League experience of 133 appearances, leadership and attitude could be everything that the manager needs to transform their fortunes. One particularly glowing endorsement from his manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, should provide plenty of encouragement.
“He is robust. He is one of the best defensive fighters, I say always he’s a firefighter who really does everything to protect his own goal,” he told the Daily Echo, whilst one source once suggested to The Athletic:
“If Hasenhuttl told him to run through a brick wall because it will result in three points, he’d do it.”
Indeed, that appears to be the case as the Poland international – who was also dubbed a “monster” by journalist Sam Tighe – ranks rather favourably to other central defenders in Europe’s elite divisions – per FBref, he sits amongst the top 4% for interceptions (3.18), the top 4% for non-penalty goals (0.13) and the top 10% for blocks (2.23) per 90.
On that evidence, Bednarek is an absolute tank at both ends of the pitch and with wages reportedly in the region of just £20k-per-week, he could be an absolute steal as a short-term fix in Carlos’ absence.
Villa chief Johan Lange could certainly get this deal over the line, given Bardell’s recent revelation and that should be a big relief to the under-pressure manager in the dugout.