Kongolo has the potential to surpass Hause at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa have been linked with a number of defenders over the course of the transfer window with the likes of Matt Targett and Adam Webster two players to have caught their attention.

However, Huddersfield’s Terence Kongolo has also been of interest to the club and seems a prime target after they initially made an enquiry for the versatile player.

Standing at 6 ft 2, Kongolo can play at left back or in the middle of the defence, something that would obviously lend itself well to the Villans if he joined.

Webster is supreme when it comes to aerial duels, but one of the Dutchman’s main strengths is when the ball is on the ground, making a high number of interceptions last term.

His reading of the game is impressive and that particular facet could be brilliant for a side that likes to play through John McGinn and Jack Grealish.

If he’s winning the ball back on a regular basis, there’s a higher chance he’ll be able to shift it quickly into midfield for Villa to launch an attack.

But Kongolo could surpass his nearest competitor Kortney Hause before he’s even got to work.

The latter signed a permanent deal with the club this summer and like the Huddersfield man, can play in two positions.

Yet, he only made 0.5 interceptions per game in the Championship last season. He’s strong in the air, winning 4.7 aerial duels per outing.

But Kongolo, on the other hand, made 2 interceptions on average every 90 minutes. The previous season he managed a mighty 2.5 as well.

With that in mind, the 25-year-old would be a great option either on the left or as a centre-back.

It’s evident Villa will require greater defensive options ahead of a return to the Premier League, but when it comes to interceptions and the reading of play, Hause might well be overtaken.

They may well be vying for the same place in the team if Kongolo joins so it could simply come down to what type of defender Dean Smith prefers.

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