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Aston Villa Facing Stiff Competition For This Gifted Marksman: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato claimed that Aston Villa are facing stiff competition for River Plate marksman Julian Alvarez. It is believed that the Villans will have to rival Fiorentina, AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax in the race to land the Argentine forward.

Alvarez’s Outstanding Numbers At Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti

The Calchin-born sensation has made an incredible start to this campaign after putting in a run of productive displays as a key figure of River Plate’s attack. Alvarez has found the back of the net on 11 occasions and provided six assists in 15 matches for the Argentine outfit this season in all competitions.

The 21-year-old has caught the eye with his performances as the spearhead of Marcelo Gallardo’s frontline based on his average of 1.1 tackles, 3.1 shots, 1.7 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he has been a bit sloppy with his link-up play in the final third as he completed just 70.8% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Argentine football (stats via whoscored).

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LA PLATA, ARGENTINA – OCTOBER 31: Julian Alvarez of River Plate drives the ball during a match between Estudiantes and River Plate as part of Torneo Liga Profesional 2021 at Jorge Luis Hirschi Stadium on October 31, 2021 in La Plata, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
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What Will Alvarez Bring To Aston Villa?

Alvarez can use his pace to make some promising runs with the ball in behind the opposition defence. He has got the football intelligence to create space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal. The Argentine talent can even orchestrate a few inviting opportunities for his teammates in the final third. However, the River Plate whizkid can sometimes give away the ball cheaply in the attacking end of the field.

Alvarez will only get better with each season, so the Villans would be wise to engineer a move to acquire his signature in the future. He will undoubtedly bring a lot of goals and creativity to Aston Villa‘s attacking department. The Argentine striker could go on to become a fan-favourite at Villa Park if he can make a smooth transition to life in the Premier League.

At 21, Alvarez has the potential to become a future star in English football, so the West Midlands outfit should think about getting him on board when the transfer window commences in January or at the end of this campaign.

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