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Aston Villa Identify This Talented Left-Back As A Summer Target: Good Choice For Gerrard?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent Q&A with Birmingham Mail, journalist Ashley Preece mentioned that Aston Villa have identified Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey as a summer target. It is believed that the Scottish talent is one of the names on the Villans’ shortlist for this summer transfer window.

Hickey’s Impressive Run Of Form At The Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Hickey is having an impressive campaign in Italy after producing a series of eye-catching displays on the left side of Bologna’s defence. The 19-year-old has found the back of the net on five occasions and grabbed one assist in 32 appearances for the Italian outfit this season across all fronts.

The Glasgow-born sensation has performed well to average 1.3 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.0 clearances, 0.7 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing possession from the left flank based on his pass success rate of 82.8% in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

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Bologna’s Scottish midfielder Aaron Hickey (L) and Juventus’ Spanish forward Alvaro Morata go for the ball during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Bologna on April 16, 2022 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Hickey A Good Choice For Aston Villa Head Coach Steven Gerrard?

Hickey is proving his worth as a solid defender inside his half as he can time his tackles well to make a few crucial interceptions for his team. The Scottish left-back doesn’t take too many risks when clearing the danger at the back.

The Glasgow-born sensation can even chip in by scoring the odd goal from time to time and is a neat passer of the ball as well.

At 19, Hickey has got a very bright future ahead of him, so the Villans would do well to lure him to England when the transfer window reopens later this year. The talented full-back has what it takes to help Aston Villa push for European football over the next few years.

We can expect Hickey to enhance the quality of the Villans’ defence and offer some serious competition for Lucas Digne at Villa Park in the coming seasons. With all things considered, the Bologna prospect will be a great choice for Steven Gerrard to consider during the summer transfer window.

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