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Aston Villa Must Make A Move For This Bundesliga Sensation: What Will He Add To Smith’s Side?

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Aston Villa scripted a lucky escape last season by securing a decisive point against West Ham United in the ultimate gameweek. But they have enjoyed a decent start so far this term with some big results (against Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester City) and are aiming a midtable finish banking on an exciting project at Villa Park. The Villans continued their spending spree despite the coronavirus crisis and now have a decision to make over whether they would go for Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica in January.

Leading The Race Out Of A Sudden

Although they were plotting a summer move for the Kosovo winger, a deal failed to materialize before the deadline and the club opted for Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore along with Ross Barkley (on loan from Chelsea) to bolster themselves in the attacking half. Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann was initially adamant to keep hold of their prized asset beyond the winter window but has taken a ‘u-turn‘ now by making the attacker available following a tendon injury endured in training.

While the thigh strain would keep the 24-year-old out for at least a couple of months, Aston villa must revive the chase in order to have a player of his calibre in a cut-price transfer. The cash-strapped Bundesliga side would prefer to cash in after considering the unwillingness of the player to extend his stay beyond summer 2022 and the Claret and Blue, too, should not play the hardball with RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen in the hunt for his signing.

Aston Villa Interested In Milot Rashica - Rashica in action during a match
BREMEN, GERMANY – JANUARY 26: Milot Rashica of Bremen in action during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Wohninvest Weserstadion on January 26, 2020 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Why Aston Villa Would Be Benefitted From Rashica’s Arrival

Villa, however, are blessed to have versatile Jack Grealish currently operating from the left-hand flank. But the growing popularity of the Englishman might lead to a high-profile summer move amid interest from an array of Premier League hotshots. The likes of Trezeguet and Traore do not hold a similar influence from the other flank whereas Anwar El Ghazi, way down the pecking order at this moment, is surplus to requirements after an underwhelming 2019-20 season.

Rashica, who earned the attention with Vitesse prior to his Bremen move, is yet to exhibit his excellence this campaign in five appearances. He has got only one assist so far [via Transfermarket] but, at the same time, is showing his adaptability by adjusting as a second striker or attacking midfielder. His arrival will certainly help Dean Smith have more quality and expertise high up the pitch.

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