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Aston Villa target Trezeguet could outmuscle Jack Grealish in one area

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

Aston Villa have brought in a host of new players this summer, predominantly signing defenders as they welcomed four centre-backs plus Matt Targett to the club.

Improving their attack has also been a goal if you take into account the fact they signed Wesley for £22m. Yet, further additions in Anwar El Ghazi and Jota should also give them an interesting dynamic on the flanks.

However, one player who could add even more in that respect is Trezeguet.

Right at the beginning of July it was reported that the Villans were lining up an £8m move for the Egyptian who currently plays for Kasimpasa in Turkey.

The 24-year-old impressed hugely, scoring nine goals and also laying on the same number of assists but according to Tutto Mercato Web, a deal for his services now looks close.

They have revealed that Villa have placed a bid of €15m (£13.4m) for the winger who could become one of their latest recruits.

On FFC, we’ve already detailed how his efficiency in front of goal can be a benefit for Villa, averaging a mighty four shots per game, but there’s another area where he offers extreme quality.

It’s important to take into account the fact he’s been playing in the Super Lig, but regardless of that, it’s a quality he showed on the international stage at the Africa Cup of Nations too.

In 2018/19, Trezeguet averaged 3.3 dribbles per game and then registered a further 3.8 in four outings for his country this summer.

It’s a record that puts him way above any player at Aston Villa and that includes Jack Grealish, a player known for his technical quality and ability to beat a man.

In 2015, Paul Scholes said the following about him: “What I can see in Grealish is that he is a clever player. He has great control, he can dribble and he can pass.”

Last term, the creative midfielder was fouled an incredible 4.7 times per match whilst making 1.8 dribbles in the process.

However, as demonstrated, dribbling is an area where Trezeguet could outmuscle him.

The Egypt international was supreme in this specific attribute, completing as many as eight in one outing for Kasimpasa last season.

Out of the 34 Super Lig matches he played in last term, there were 15 games where he was able to achieve more than four dribbles.

It’s an incredible tally and demonstrates exactly what he could offer if Villa sign him.

Article title: Aston Villa target Trezeguet could outmuscle Jack Grealish in one area

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