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Aston Villa Among Several Clubs Hoping To Sign This Gifted Forward: Right Choice For The Villans?

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In a recent report, Marca stated that Aston Villa are among several clubs hoping to sign River Plate forward Julian Alvarez. It is believed that the Villans could face competition in the form of Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina and AC Milan in pursuit of the Argentine attacker.

Alvarez’s Incredible Goal-Scoring Record At El Monumental This Season

The 21-year-old has caught the eye by putting in a series of productive performances as the focal point of River Plate’s attack. Alvarez has been enjoying the form of his life as he has found the back of the net on 15 occasions and grabbed six assists in 16 appearances for his current employers this season.

The Calchin-born sensation has been quite consistent with his attacking contributions based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 3.3 shots, 1.6 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per game in the Liga Profesional. However, he needs to improve his accuracy when interchanging possession in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 72.3% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 07: Julian Alvarez of River Plate drives the ball during a match between River Plate and Patronato as part of Torneo Liga Profesional 2021 at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on November 7, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
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Is Alvarez The Right Choice For Aston Villa?

Alvarez has begun to prove his worth as a natural goal-getter this season as he is usually a composed presence in the final third. He has a knack for finding space and is always willing to test the opposition keeper with some accurate shot attempts.

The Argentine whizkid has done well to chip with some important assists for his team but needs to take care of the ball a bit better when linking up play with others around him in the attacking end of the pitch.

Currently, Aston Villa can definitely use a player of Alvarez’s quality and potential as they are struggling to pick up results due to their lack of productivity in front of the opponent’s goal. We can expect the River Plate star to bring plenty of goals and assists to the Villans‘ frontline which makes him a great choice for the West Midlands side to consider in the future. However, there are some concerns over whether he would be able to handle the physical nature and high intensity of English football.

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