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Aston Villa Facing Stiff Competition For This Gifted Midfielder: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent segment on Youtube, journalist Jorge Nicola revealed that Aston Villa are facing stiff competition for Vasco da Gama midfielder Andrey Santos. It has been mentioned that the Villans will have to rival Barcelona, Olympique Lyonnais and Newcastle United in the race to land the Brazilian youngster.

Santos’ Impressive Rise At Vasco Da Gama

The 18-year-old has come through the youth ranks of Vasco da Gama and has successfully managed to break into their first team. At such a young age, Santos has already made 27 senior appearances for the Brazilian club, scoring five goals in the process across all fronts.

The Rio de Janeiro-born talent has already begun to prove his worth as a decent goal-scoring midfielder in the Brazilian Serie B. He has currently got a year left to run in his contract with his current employers, so Aston Villa has a good chance of landing him on a cut-price fee in January or signing him on a free transfer next summer.

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Aston Villa Are Facing Stiff Competition For Santos: Is He A Prospect For The Future?

Santos has made a habit of scoring some important goals for his team. He has got a good work rate and can make a few driving runs with the ball from midfield. The Brazilian whizkid can even strike the ball well from long range. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder but can also operate as a box-to-box midfielder or in the number ten position if needed.

At 18, the future is quite promising for Santos as long as he continues to take strides towards improving himself with each year. He has the potential to become a success story at Villa Park. Hence, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard should think about orchestrating a move to bring him to the West Midlands club in January or wait for him to be available on a free transfer next summer. Santos could even serve as a decent long-term successor to Douglas Luiz or Philippe Coutinho in the long run.

At the moment, the Villans are still struggling to find consistency in the Premier League. Therefore, it makes sense for them to invest in developing youth players. Santos fits the bill perfectly as the Brazilian sensation has got what it takes to become a future star at the Midlands club but only if he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of English football.

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