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El Ghazi could face Aston Villa battle if they sign Trezeguet

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to The Sun, Aston Villa are planning to make a bid for Egyptian winger Mahmoud Trezeguet.

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Villa have already signed two wide players this summer, bringing Jota to the club as their first acquisition of the summer before turning Anwar El Ghazi’s loan spell into a permanent stay.

Having also signed Wesley Moraes, it’s clear the Midlands club are looking at ways of improving their output in the final third.

And they’re now reportedly on the heels of another forward according to The Sun.

They claim that the Villans are eyeing up a possible £8m bid for Trezeguet, who has been impressing at the Africa Cup of Nations for Egypt, scoring a goal and also claiming an assist in three matches.

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El Ghazi competition

Dean Smith did have some slight issues in terms of his wide players last season.

Andre Green only scored once after being recalled from a loan spell whilst Albert Adomah, who has been released, only found the net four times, too.

With that in mind, finding players capable of playing on the flanks is crucial.

Trezeguet has made occasional appearances on the right-hand side, but it’s on the left where he’s played the majority of his football for Turkish outfit Kasimpasa.

As such, his potential arrival would immediately put El Ghazi under threat.

The Dutchman was inconsistent at times last term but did finish the season with six goals and six assists. This could well be his time to shine but an £8m bid for Trezeguet might suggest Villa have other plans.

In 2018/19, the 24-year-old looked the complete wide player in the Super Lig, scoring goals and creating opportunities in abundance. He netted nine times whilst picking out his teammates for a further nine assists as he laid on 2.3 key passes per game.

Those numbers surpass El Ghazi’s influence at Villa last term, meaning his place out on the left-wing could be in jeopardy.

It remains to be seen just how well the former Ajax man could do in the top-flight, but this might come as a setback in his pursuit of becoming a key player in the Premier League.

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