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Aston Villa Defender Is In Talks Over A New Contract: Why Smith Needs To Keep Him

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Aston Villa's Konsa is in talks over a new contract (Konsa is in action in the picture)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese midfielder Pedro Neto (L) vies with Aston Villa's English defender Ezri Konsa during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 12, 2020. (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In a recent report, The Daily Mirror has revealed that Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa is in talks with the club over a new contract. It has been reported that the Villans are willing to offer the English centre-back a fresh deal to fend off interest from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur (via The Daily Mirror).

Konsa’s Excellent Form In The Premier League This Season

Konsa is having a promising season at Villa Park as he has taken great strides towards improving himself on the field. He has been a rock at the heart of Dean Smith’s defence so far in this campaign. The London-born sensation has netted two goals in 25 matches for the West Midlands club this term across various competitions.

More importantly, the 23-year-old deserves a pat on the back for averaging 0.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 3.9 clearances and 0.5 shots per 90 minutes in this Premier League season. He has even distributed the ball diligently out from defence, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 84.6% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Konsa has established himself as one of English football’s best defenders through his performances on the pitch, so the Villans have to make sure that they keep him tied to a long-term deal to keep him at Villa Park for years to come.

Aston Villa's Konsa is in talks over a new contract (Konsa is seen in the picture)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (L) vies for the ball against Aston Villa’s English defender Ezri Konsa (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 8, 2020. (Photo by RICHARD HEATHCOTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The English Centre-Half Bring To The Table?

Konsa is quick enough to make some crucial recovering runs inside his half and excels at clearing the danger when needed. He is growing into a reliable presence at the back and can use his powerful frame to win a few headers for his side as well.

The English defensive ace has proven himself to be a decent ball-playing centre-back, so it is no surprise that top clubs like Liverpool and Tottenham are hoping to snap him up during the summer transfer window.

Why The Villans Need To Keep Hold Of Konsa For The Long-Run

Konsa has the potential to become one of the best defenders in England if he can continue to improve with each season. The Villa star has struck up a solid defensive partnership with Tyrone Mings in the Premier League and could flourish playing with him at Villa Park over the next few years.

At 23, Konsa has plenty of time to grow into a class act on the defensive end of the field. Hence, Smith should try everything in his power to keep hold of him for the long-term. The English talent is about to enter the prime stage of his playing career, which means that the Villans can expect to get the best out of him if they can retain his services beyond this season.

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