Per a report from The Northern Echo, Aston Villa are interested in signing Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough.
At just 20 years of age, Tavernier is a hugely promising young player. The left winger burst onto the scene in 2017/18, making four starts for Boro before playing a bigger part last season.
However, he could now be about to make a move to the Premier League. According to The Northern Echo, Aston Villa are chasing the highly rated prospect.
The report claims that they’ll face competition from both Bayer Leverkusen and Watford.
Dean Smith’s ability to develop players is no secret, but by bringing Tavernier to the club, he can help provide Villa with a better chance of sustaining the run they’re on at the moment.
After a superb promotion winning season, it’s crucial Villa now capitalise on the good fortune they’re experiencing.
The acquisition of Boro’s 20-year-old would be a statement in this regard and considering the youngsters already at the club, it would set themselves up for long-term success.
Over the winter Smith recalled Andre Green from his loan spell with Portsmouth and after coming back to the Midlands, he has shown impressive strides, particularly standing out against Leeds.
With Green and Tavernier on either flank, Villa’s future would look extremely exciting. Coupled with that, they also have Keinan Davis and Jacob Ramsey coming through the ranks.
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Back in January, the Villa boss spoke about the importance of developing pathways for the club’s younger players.
The arrival of Tavernier, therefore, would be further evidence of the steps the Villans are trying to make in terms of their approach to youth which, if executed properly, will leave them with a very strong team in a few years.
Bearing in mind the club are now back in the Premier League, it’s unlikely the winger would offer anything more than backup for next season.
But if he did make the move, it would be incredibly shrewd long-term business from Villa.