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Aston Villa Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This Atletico Madrid Winger: Right Fit For Gerrard?

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In a recent report, The Sun stated that Aston Villa are locked in a three-way battle for Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco. It has been mentioned that the Villans could face competition from Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United in pursuit of the Belgian international this summer.

Carrasco’s Impressive Form In Spanish Football

The 28-year-old has been a consistent performer at the Wanda Metropolitano as he has continued to play at a high level on the left side of Diego Simeone’s attack. Carrasco has been involved in 44 matches for the Spanish club this season, netting six goals and securing seven assists across all competitions.

The 55-time Belgian international has proven his worth as a reliable performer in the final third by averaging 1.5 shots, 1.6 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 80.6% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Atletico Madrid’s Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Spanish League football between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 8, 2022. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Carrasco The Right Fit For Aston Villa?

Carrasco excels at creating a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He has got the vision to create a few inviting chances for his teammates in the opposition half and can even score a handful of important goals for his team.

The 55-time Belgian international can make a few decent runs with the ball out on the wide areas. He can even retain possession with conviction in the final third.

Someone of Carrasco’s quality and experience will be a great addition for the Villans this summer. He will inject a lot of quality into Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard‘s frontline. The Belgian sensation could even go on to form a good partnership with Lucas Digne down the left flank.

At 28, Carrasco is currently playing in his prime and could help the West Midlands club challenge for a top-six place in the Premier League next season. With all things considered, the Atletico Madrid star will be an excellent fit for the Villans this summer.

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