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Aston Villa Are Hoping To Land This Talented Forward: What Will He Add To Gerrard’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Ole claimed that Aston Villa are hoping to land River Plate forward Julian Alvarez. It has been mentioned that the Villans are not the ones showing interest in the Argentine striker but could face competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Ajax in pursuit of him.

Alvarez’s Outstanding Goal-Scoring Record At  El Monumental

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a rich vein of form in Argentine football after putting in a run of productive performances as the focal point of River Plate’s attack. The Calchin-born sensation has found the back of the net on 17 occasions and grabbed seven assists in 19 matches for the Argentine giants this season across all competitions.

Alvarez has been a consistent performer in the attacking end of the field as he is averaging 3.3 shots, 2.0 key passes, 1.0 crosses and 2.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Liga Professional. However, he needs to work on improving his ball distribution in the final third, based on his pass success rate of 73.6% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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VICENTE LOPEZ, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 21: Julian Alvarez of River Plate drives the ball during a match between Platense and River Plate as part of Torneo Liga Profesional 2021 at Estadio Ciudad de Vicente Lopez on November 20, 2021 in Vicente Lopez, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
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What Will Alvarez Add To Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerrard’s Team?

Alvarez can use his quickness to pull off a few impressive runs with the ball in the final third. He has got the vision to pick out a killer pass in the opposition half and can bang in the goals at a high rate in Argentine football.

The Argentine talent has got the ability to whip in a few dangerous crosses into the opposition penalty box. However, only time will tell whether he can keep up his excellent form in Premier League football if Aston Villa manage to get him on board next year.

At 21, Alvarez is in for a very promising future at the highest level. We can expect him to add a lot of goals and creativity to Steven Gerrard‘s front line. Plus, he could go on to form a fruitful attacking partnership with Ollie Watkins at Villa Park in the coming seasons. Hence, Gerrard should strongly consider moving in for the Argentine prospect during the January transfer window.

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