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Aston Villa Face Stiff Competition For This La Liga Winger: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, ABC de Sevilla (via Sport Witness) claimed that Aston Villa are facing stiff competition for Real Betis winger Luiz Henrique. It has been revealed that the Villans will have to rival Newcastle United in pursuit of the Brazilian sensation.

Henrique’s Impressive Run Of Form At The Estadio Benito Villamarín

The 22-year-old has caught the eye with his performances on the right side of Betis’ attack during this campaign after producing a few impressive displays for them in La Liga so far. Henrique has registered three goals and five assists in 24 matches for the Spanish club this season in all competitions.

The talented wide player has been a consistent performer in the final third based on his average of 1.9 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.7 shots and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been decent when distributing possession in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 77.5% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Betis is set to expire in the summer of 2028. Hence, the Villans would have to make a big offer if they are to stand a chance of recruiting Henrique this year.

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Villa Park

What Will Henrique Bring To Aston Villa?

Henrique loves a tackle and can make a few timely interceptions for his team as well. He is proficient at generating space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal and has got the vision to engineer some meaningful chances for his teammates up top.

At the moment, the Brazilian talent is playing some of the best football of his young career and seems to be getting better with each year. Hence, it is no surprise that Aston Villa are among the clubs hoping to land him.

We can expect Henrique to bring more goals and creativity to Unai Emery‘s attack at Villa Park. He will no doubt increase competition for places within the West Midlands club‘s match-day squad and could help them push for a top-half finish in the Premier League.

At 22, Henrique still has a lot of room to grow as a footballer and could be an excellent, long-term signing for the Villans to pull off this January or at the end of this season. However, there are some concerns over whether he is good enough to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of English football if Emery manages to get him on board soon.

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