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Aston Villa In Talks To Sign La Liga Full-back On Loan: Should Gerrard Bring Him To Villa Park?

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In a recent report, Mucho Deporte stated that Aston Villa are in talks to sign Sevilla full-back Ludwig Augustinsson on loan. It has been revealed that the Villans’ head coach Steven Gerrard is hoping to bring the Swedish defender to Villa Park on loan this summer.

Augustinsson’s Sporadic Role At Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Augustinsson served as a decent squad player for the Andalusian club in the previous campaign but struggled to earn regular playing starts in Spanish football. The 28-year-old played in 27 matches for Sevilla last season, picking up one assist in the process across multiple competitions.

The Swedish sensation made most of his league appearances as a substitute which explains why he only averaged 0.9 tackles, 0.9 clearances and 0.5 key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga. He was even accurate when distributing the ball from the back based on his pass completion rate of 84.8% in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

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Should Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerrard Bring Augustinsson To Villa Park This Summer?

Augustinsson is a tough-tackling full-back who can give a good account of himself on the defensive end of the pitch. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot.

The Swedish talent can even set up a few decent chances for others around him in the final third. However, he has struggled to earn regular playing opportunities at Seville, so it makes sense for the player to opt for a change of scenery for next season.

Aston Villa could be an ideal destination for Augustinsson as he will get a chance to fight with Lucas Digne for a regular starting spot in Steven Gerrard‘s first XI. He could help the Villans push for a European spot in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Therefore, Gerrard should think about sealing a loan move and bringing Augustinsson to the West Midlands club this summer as he will give the Villa head coach more options in terms of team selection next season. However, there are some concerns over whether the Swedish left-back can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football.

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