Aston Villa are in the market for James Tavernier according to Football Insider, who understand the Rangers man is subject of interest from the Midlands club.
The right-back has been in exceptional form for Steven Gerrard’s side this season and despite playing in defence has incredible numbers for goals and assists, hitting double figures for both in 2018/19.
With the likes of Alan Hutton and Ahmed Elmohamady both in their 30s then, it is thought Dean Smith is looking for a younger player in that position.
Villa’s summer plans could hinge on whether they get promoted but it’s likely the club are to do plenty of business given the number of loan deals ending at the end of the season.
Tavernier is currently captain at Rangers and has been a key man under Steven Gerrard. However, it now looks as though he could be on his way back to England.
With a possible move on the cards, Football FanCast writers have given their verdicts on whether the 27-year-old is the type of player the Villans should be looking at if they get promoted. Here’s what they said:
“For me, James Tavernier is most definitely not the type of player Aston Villa need to be targeting if they manage to secure a return to the Premier League. Especially in defence, Dean Smith’s men will require players with plenty of experience in the English top flight. And the right-back Tavernier has a little, but not nearly enough. Plus, the Rangers man has been playing in the far inferior Scottish leagues for the last four years and would undoubtedly hugely struggle with the step back up to the Premier League. There’s a reason why Newcastle United let him go in the first place.”
“Aston Villa should definitely take a look at signing James Tavernier if they go up. We’ve seen that Ahmed Elmohamady is a prolific relegation specialist in the past, and at 31 years of age, the Villans should definitely be searching for his replacement. As a result, what better man to target than the technically brilliant Tavernier, who has an astonishing number of goals and assists to his name across all competitions. Plenty of gems, such as Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk, have come out of the Scottish top-flight, and Villa could get their hands on another star in Tavernier.”
“Most definitely. The club often got their recruitment all wrong in their final few years in the Premier League, but signing Tavernier would prove Villa have learnt their lesson. The 27-year-old is a decent enough defender and especially effective in the final third, and Kodjia or a new striker would be in dreamland with the service the former Wigan man is capable of providing. This move makes all the sense in the world, and now Dean Smith just has to ensure they make it to the Premier League.”