In a recent report, Sky Sports stated that Aston Villa have completed the signing of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos. It has also been mentioned that the Villans have reportedly paid a transfer fee of £26m for acquiring his services.
Carlos’ Campaign For Sevilla In Numbers
The 29-year-old has produced a solid campaign at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium after putting in consecutive spectacular performances at the heart of Sevilla’s backline. Diego Carlos has scored three goals over 45 appearances for Sevilla.
The Brazilian defender has proven to be a force to be reckoned with at the back by averaging 1.0 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 3.5 clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the backline making 87.6% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
How Does Diego Carlos Fit Into Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerard’s Starting XI?
Carlos can deduce the incoming threat from the opposition carefully placing himself between the attackers and the goal to stop them in their tracks. He isn’t afraid of putting his foot into a tackle when required.
The Brazilian sensation can look to attempt solid tackles more often and can also contribute by making some crucial interceptions in the latter half. He can make use of his 1.85m tall frame to dominate the opposition in aerial duels. Furthermore, he can proficiently distribute the ball from the backline which makes him a good fit for Steven Gerrard’s playstyle.
At 29, the veteran defender can still look to play at the top of his level for a few more years. Thus, he will be adding a lot of competition and depth to Aston Villa’s defence.
Diego Carlos has proved his calibre in the La Liga and could look to impact the Premier League as he takes his place in the starting XI at the West Midlands club. Moreover, it makes sense for the Villans to secure his services ahead of the next season as he will help them compete for a Champions League spot over the next few years.