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El Ghazi Urges This Ajax Playmaker To Join Aston Villa: Should Smith Launch A Move For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with the Ajax Podcast, Anwar El Ghazi urged Ajax playmaker Dusan Tadic to join Aston Villa. The Dutch winger said (transcripted by Birmingham Mail),

“That guy, man. I like people who have a mentality to work hard and train hard.

“I heard a lot of stories and interviews from other players that he’s always training extra and boosting players, grabbing players to join him.

“He’s a great professional on the pitch as well.

“He can join us if he wants!”

Tadic’s Incredible Form At The Johan Cruyff Arena 

Tadic is enjoying another impressive season at Amsterdam after putting in a series of productive displays as a key member of Erik ten Hag’s attack. The Serbian international has registered 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 matches for the Dutch giants this term across all competitions.

The 32-year-old has been quite consistent with his performances this season as he is averaging 1.0 tackles, 2.5 shots, 3.7 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has even been tidy when distributing possession in the opposition half as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 78% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Tadic is currently under contract at the Johan Cruyff Arena until the summer of 2023, so Ajax will be under no pressure to cash in on him any time soon. Hence, it will take a significant offer if the Villans decide to listen to El Ghazi’s advice by making a move to bring Tadic to Villa Park in the summer.

El Ghazi urges Ajax's Tadic to join Aston Villa (Tadic is seen in the photo)
(LR) ADO’s Danny Bakker, John Goossens, Shaquille Pinas, Aaron Meijers vie for the ball with Ajax’s Dusan Tadic during the Dutch Eredivisie football match between Ajax Amsterdam and ADO The Hague at the Johan Cruijff Arena on December 22, 2019, in Amsterdam. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The Eredivisie Star Offer On The Pitch?

Tadic has lost a yard of pace for his game as father time is catching up with him. But to his credit, he is still a brilliant dribbler with the ball as he possesses excellent balance, close control and composure to retain possession in tight spaces in the opposition half.

The 73-time Serbia international has a wide range of passes in his locker and boasts incredible vision to pick out a killer pass in the final third. He can even contribute by netting his fair share of goals from midfield. However, at 32, there are some concerns over his long-term value as he is about to embark upon the twilight years of his football career.

Should The Villans Launch A Move For Tadic?

Tadic has shown that he has what it takes to play at the highest level week in week out. Hence, he would be a dream signing for Dean Smith if he can get him on board next summer. The Serbian veteran will bolster Aston Villa’s attacking options considerably in the coming seasons and could help them compete for a trophy or two as well.

A player of Tadic’s winning mindset and work ethic will undeniably be a valuable asset under Smith’s tutelage, but he won’t be an option for the long-term. All in all, the Villans should consider launching a move for him at the end of this season as he might still have a couple of good years left in him to perform at top gear.

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