Per a report from Football Insider, Aston Villa are planning a swoop for Chelsea man Todd Kane.
At the age of 25 it’s remarkable that Kane is still on Chelsea’s books. The right back has never really been able to get a look-in as a combination of injury and indifferent loan spells have led to a stuttering career.
Kane spent last season on loan at Hull where he impressed in what was his first full season in English football. And he could now finally make a permanent switch away from the Blues after eight different loan spells.
Football Insider suggest that newly promoted Villa are planning a swoop on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
After Dean Smith released Micah Richards and Alan Hutton it’s no surprise to see another body in that position potentially arriving.
Yet after the imminent arrival of Frederic Guilbert, who signed in January before heading to Caen on loan, it could spell the end of Ahmed Elmohamady as a permanent fixture in the team.
The Egyptian was crucial for the Villans last season, claiming eight assists from both right midfield and further back in defence. He played a pivotal hand in the play-off final too, laying on the opening goal for Anwar El Ghazi.
Elmohamady has been the victim of two relegations from the Premier League with Hull but his experience of the top-flight could be key next season.
However, with the possibility of Kane arriving it could force him out of the team. The former Oxford United loanee is extremely versatile, possessing the ability to play further up the field on both wings, as well as in a right back position.
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Although playing predominantly on the left hand side of midfield when he has been favoured in attacking areas, he also featured on the right wing on multiple occasions in 2018/19. As well as that he played 25 times as a full-back.
In comparison, Villa’s current number 27 can play also play on the right of midfield, a role he made 13 starts in last term.
Bearing that in mind, it’s easy to view Kane’s transfer as a potential like-for-like replacement for Elmohamady. With Guilbert also returning, the Egypt international’s place in the side will be in danger.