Performance in Numbers: Maxi Gomez’s aerial presence can be a huge threat if he signs for Villa

If Aston Villa are to sign Maxi Gomez this summer then they’d have to part company with £43.5m of their transfer budget.

It’s a deal that would surely put activity in other areas beyond the realms of possibility, but if the club want to make a statement going into the Premier League, this would be it.

The Villans have completed shrewd deals for Jota and Anwar El Ghazi already this summer, whilst Kortney Hause could also arrive for £3m.

Yet a deal for Gomez would blow this out of the water. Speaking on the radio show Tiempo de Futbol on Sport 890 on 6 June, Ney Castillo, the president of his former team, admitted that Villa had an interest.

This came amid one of the club’s scouts revealing his admiration for the player, per Marca.

It’s a deal that seems unlikely given the fee, but if they are to part ways with the necessary funds, the Uruguayan could bring an asset to their front line that wasn’t seen as frequently when Tammy Abraham was at the club.

Last term, the Chelsea loanee won on average 3.1 aerial duels per match. His potential successor won four per game.

Standing at 6 ft 1, the 22-year-old is a force to be reckoned with in the air, winning 140 aerial duels in La Liga over the course of the 2018/19 season.

Abraham, on the other hand, won 121 in five more matches, a statistic that proves Gomez has a better presence when the ball is in the air.

Abraham was a physical player, but when it comes to Villa’s reported target, he is a different animal, that’s despite only scoring 13 times. Though, given his steely nature he could be a real asset in the Premier League.

In a 1-1 draw with Getafe back in October, the Celta Vigo striker won a colossal ten headers.

Meanwhile, in a 2-0 win over Barcelona last month, a game he scored in, Gomez was victorious in six aerial duels.

Next term Villa aren’t likely to enjoy as much possession as they did in the Championship. Therefore, playing the ball into a striker with the sheer presence the Uruguay international possesses could be extremely beneficial.