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Leicester City Defender Is On The Radar Of Aston Villa: Should Emery Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with This Is Futbol, Pete O’Rourke claimed that Leicester City defender Jannik Vestergaard is on the radar of Aston Villa. O’Rourke said,

“Vestergaard has really struggled for first-team football at Leicester he might be interested in a move away for regular first-team football and Villa are in the market for a centre-half I’m sure he is somebody who could be on the radar.”

Vestergaard’s Unimpressive Season In English Football

Vestergaard has endured a difficult campaign at the King Power Stadium as he has failed to make himself a regular starting in Brendan Rodgers’ first XI. The 30-year-old has made just two appearances for the East Midlands club this season in the EFL Cup.

The Hvidovre-born talent has played a sporadic role in Leicester’s squad, so he needs to opt for a change of scenery if he wants to make the most out of the remainder of this campaign. Vestergaard has got a wealth of experience under his belt in the Premier League and could be a good, short-term acquisition for Aston Villa to pursue next year.

His current contract with the Foxes is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Hence, the Villans should consider making a cut-price move to sign him next year.

Villa Park
Villa Park

Should Aston Villa Unai Emery Get Vestergaard On Board?

Vestergaard is a solid tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his side on the defensive end of the field. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when required and can use his strong 1.99m frame to dominate the opposition attackers in the air. Vestergaard mainly functions as a central defender but can also fill in as a right-back if his manager asks him to do so.

However, the Denmark international needs to take care of the ball a bit better when playing his way out from the back.

We can expect Vestergaard to add more bite and steel to Aston Villa‘s defensive department at Villa Park. He could even help the Villans compete for a top-half finish in the Premier League over the next few years.

At 30, Vestergaard still has a few good years left in him to play at his best. At the very least, he will increase competition for places within the West Midlands club‘s squad. Thus, Emery should think about launching a move to get the Denmark sensation on board when the transfer window reopens this January or at the end of this campaign.

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