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Aston Villa Eyeing This Leicester City Want-Away: A Move To Help Him Regain His Lost Form?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Ahmed Musa’s career at the King Power Stadium seems to be in doldrums as the Nigerian forward is barely seen on the field this season. Musa’s career hasn’t reached the expected heights which was supposed to happen following his £16m move from CSKA Moscow.

There was hope following the departure of Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City who frozen out the player but things haven’t improved much under new manager Claude Puel who seems to be not impressed with his calibre either.

Musa desperately needs some game time in a bid to reinvent himself and Aston Villa could offer him a lifeline. The Championship outfit are reportedly tracking the forward and might provide him an opportunity to display his ability at the Villa Park.

Musa has been completely ignored by the club as he has featured in only one match in the Carabao Cup, a 4-1 win over Sheffield United. He also found the back of the net in that match.

Puel currently has a plethora of options in the attacking department with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki and Demarai Gray at his disposal, apart from his prime weapon Jamie Vardy. The Frenchman is unlikely to block Musa’s path if an opportunity comes his way to revive his career.

Musa can be very effective as a centre-forward and can also play a very efficient role on the flanks. Villa are decently placed in the Championship, grabbing the sixth place on the points table and are very much in the contention for a Playoff berth.

Steve Bruce has been dependent hugely on Keenan Davis with Jonathan Kodjia for goals while Scott Hogan hasn’t been impressive. Musa might offer them a different dimension in attack. The Nigerian international has blistering pace and also the flair and guile to unlock any defence on his day.

A short-term deal would be perfect in January until the end of the season as Leicester will also have the opportunity to assess his condition.

Musa was heavily linked with Hull City back in summer due to his connection with their manager Leonid Slutsky and the Tigers might raid the club once again. Musa opted to stay at the King Power Stadium to fight for his future but as of now, he would love to explore different options.

Musa earlier rejected the advances of moving to the second tier but he needs to take a call and Aston Villa won’t be a bad prospect in terms of their heritage and history. So a move in the near future is on the cards.

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