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Aston Villa In A Four Way Battle To Secure Espanyol Striker: What Could He Bring To Villa Park?

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in a recent report from Mirror, it was mentioned that Aston Villa are looking to secure Espanyol forward Raul De Tomas. However, they are set to face heavy competition from three other Premier League clubs for the Spanish striker. It is understood that Claret and Blue are in search of a decent replacement for their current centre-forward Wesley.

Tomas’ Impressive Campaign With Espanyol Last Season

Tomas has enjoyed a successful campaign with Espanyol after producing some impressive displays in the final third. He scored 17 goals and produced 3 assists over 35 appearances last season across all fronts.

The Madrid-born sensation has performed consistently to average 3.1 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has also been tidy when distributing possession to his teammates based on his pass completion rate of 83.9% in the top tier of Spanish football (whoscored).

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 18: Raul de Tomas of Espanyol breaks past Varazdat Haroyan of Cadiz during the La Liga Santander match between RCD Espanyol and Cadiz CF at RCDE Stadium on October 18, 2021, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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What Would He Bring To Aston Villa?

Tomas is a goal-scoring machine. He has a knack for finding the back of the net when he is on the front foot. The Spanish forward remains confident in getting past defenders with his pace and agility. Furthermore, he can strike the ball with power and accuracy, which proves he’s an attacking threat inside the penalty box.

He can certainly adapt to English football quickly if he remains disciplined and committed. The 27-year-old has caught the eye of various Premier League clubs after a successful spell with Espanyol last season. He has proved his calibre and has the potential to become even better.

Steven Gerrard would be wise to bring him to Villa Park as he would definitely add more firepower to the Villans’ attack. Although it would be difficult for Villa to compete with the clubs involved, Gerrard could try luring Tomas by promising first-team football and a guaranteed starting position.

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