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Aston Villa make switch from targeting Vedat Muriqi to Alexander Sorloth

Aston Villa may have signed Mbwana Samatta and Borja Baston during the January transfer window, but it seems as though they are still on the lookout for signings to recruit in the summer.

Presuming they stay in the Premier League and are able to keep hold of their assets, they will already have Wesley and Keinan Davis alongside the new men, meaning there will be plenty of competition for places in Dean Smith’s side.

Turkish outlet Aksam Spor has suggested that the Villans are looking at bringing in Alexander Sorloth, who is currently on loan at Trabzonspor from Crystal Palace, having switched their attention from Fenerbahce’s Vedat Muriqi.

Within the report, it is suggested that Villa were swayed by the Norwegian’s performance in a 2-1 win over Muriqi’s Fenerbahce.

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During the match, Sorloth managed to score a goal, hit the woodwork, completed three dribbles and won eight aerial duels, indicating that he can be a useful frontman.

While a head to head game is a good indicator of who can fare better, it is also vital to look at how they have done across the season.

Sorloth has made 20 starts in the league this campaign, while Muriqi has made 19 starts and one substitute appearance – it is clear from the statistics above that Sorloth has been the more effective player over this time.

The Palace man has four more goals and two more assists than the Kosovo international, while also outdoing him in dribbles by 0.9 per game and exceeding his pass success rate by 0.9%. The only one of the above statistics that he is inferior in is key passes, for which he trails by 0.4.

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In addition to all of the above, Sorloth is a year younger than his fellow Turkish Super Lig striker, at 24 years old.

Therefore, it seems to be an intelligent decision for Villa to switch their focus from Muriqi to the Norwegian.

Meanwhile, a manager has been swooning over Villa’s loanee.

Article title: Aston Villa make switch from targeting Vedat Muriqi to Alexander Sorloth

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