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Aston Villa Set £20m Price Tag For This Young Midfielder: Should Gerrard Cash In On Him?

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In a recent report, talkSPORT stated that Aston Villa have set a £20m price tag for Carney Chukwuemeka. It is understood that the Villans have set their price for their talented midfielder amid recent interest from Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

Chukwuemeka’s Impressive Rise At Villa Park

Chukwuemeka did well to break into Steven Gerrard’s first team at times last season but failed to be consistent with his offensive contributions. The 18-year-old featured in 18 matches for the Villans in the previous campaign, securing one assist in all competitions.

The English youngster made most of his league appearances off the bench which could be why he averaged 0.6 tackles and 0.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. However, he was even tidy with his ball distribution after completing 81.7% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Chukwuemeka has shown flashes of what he is capable of but needs to figure out a way to be more productive in the opposition half.

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Should Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerrard Cash In On Chukwuemeka?

Chukwuemeka loves a tackle at the centre of the park and can make a few driving runs with the ball towards the opposition penalty area. The Aston Villa prospect is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can even fill in as an attacking midfielder if required. However, he is still quite inexperienced at the highest level, so there is a lot of room for improvement in his game.

For that to happen, the English talent needs to ensure regular first-team starts in the coming seasons. He has got just a year left to run in his contract at Villa Park.

Hence, it makes sense for the Villans to cash in on him this summer or else risk losing him as a free agent at the end of next season.

At 18, Chukwuemeka has the potential to become a future star in English football. Still, Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard would be better off selling him in this off-season and using the money generated from his transfer to strengthen some of the other areas of his match-day squad.

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