Sainsbury’s World Cup performance should convince Aston Villa to make a move

Following the departure of John Terry, Aston Villa  been set for a new defender.

Steve Bruce failed to guide the club back into the Premier League after losing the Championship playoff final to Fulham in May.

The Villans have been dogged by rumours of financial strife since the end of the season, so the cheapest options will certainly be on their radar.

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Australian defender Trent Sainsbury has emerged as a potential target and he certainly fits into the ‘cheap’ category given that he is a free agent.

The 26-year-old, who has earned 38 international caps in his career, spent two years at Jiangsu Suning, but was at Grasshopper Club Zurich last season on loan.

During the World Cup in Russia is when Sainsbury caught the attention, but unfortunately Australia could not progress past the group stage.

Trent Sainsbury stats for Australia at World Cup

Despite failing to reach the knockout rounds, Sainsbury had a positive tournament on a individual level.

The former Central Coast Mariners player showed his positive decision-making with numerous clearances and also proved that he is strong in the air.

As well as displaying his defensive attributes, the Australian successfully found his attacking teammates with 12 accurate long balls.

Sainsbury may not be the biggest name in global football, but Villa have the chance to sign him on a free transfer.

Of course, there is a gamble given how inexperienced he is in English football, but he has the qualities to thrive in the Championship.

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