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Aston Villa Face Stiff Competition In Race For This Midfielder: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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According to a recent report by France Football, Aston Villa will face stiff competition in the race for Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara this summer. The same source has also revealed that the Villans will have to battle it out with Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal and Olympique Marseille in pursuit of the Finnish midfield ace during the summer transfer period.

Kamara’s Impressive Spell At The Ibrox So Far

The 24-year-old has given a good account of himself during his spell at the Ibrox Stadium since sealing a move from Dundee FC at the beginning of 2019. He has caught the eye for his battling displays at the heart of Steven Gerrard’s midfield and has established himself as a favourite among the Rangers supporters.

Kamara has featured in 39 matches for the Glaswegian outfit this term, scoring one goal in the process across all competitions, which is not a surprise when considering that he is primarily a defensive midfielder. The Finland international has also put in some memorable performances in Europe after averaging 0.5 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.0 clearances per game in the UEFA Europa League this season (stats via whoscored).

His numbers prove that he has what it takes to become a constant headache for the opposition because of his desire to win possession back for his side. Kamara has also earned 19 senior caps for the Finland national team and has got one international goal to his name thus far. He will be expected to play an integral role for his country when the UEFA European Championship finals take place in the summer of 2021.

Aston Villa face stiff competition in race for Glen Kamara who is in action in the photo
Rangers’ Finnish midfielder Glen Kamara passes the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group G football match between Rangers and Porto at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on November 7, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Finnish Midfield Ace Bring To Villa Park?

Kamara is a tough-tackling midfielder who can scan the danger quickly and make some crucial interceptions for his team. He can also use his quickness and agility to complete some powerful dribbles from midfield, but can often lack the end-product in the final third. The Finnish talent is usually quite tidy with his ball-distribution after completing 88% of his attempted passes in the Europa League this season (stats via whoscored). However, there are some concerns over his ability to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

Villa boss Dean Smith is in dire need of fresh recruits in his midfield department especially if Jack Grealish ends up leaving the West Midlands club this summer. Even though Kamara won’t be able to fill Grealish’s void going forward, yet he is more than capable of making a significant impact defensively. He will not only add more bite and steel to Smith’s midfield but also enhance the overall quality of the Villans squad.

The Finland international will also increase competition for the likes of John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Marvelous Nakamba, Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury in the race to secure a regular starting berth at Villa Park. Plus, Kamara’s addition will help Smith tweak his formations, team sheets and tactics more often in the coming seasons, which makes him a worthy target for the West Midlands giants to pursue this summer.

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