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Aston Villa Are Showing Interest In This Championship Defender: Should Emery Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail stated that Aston Villa are showing interest in Hull City defender Jacob Greaves. It has been claimed that the Villans are eyeing a move to land the English centre-back.

Greaves’ Solid Season In The EFL Championship

Greaves is having a solid campaign at Hull after putting in a string of dominant performances for them on the defensive third of the pitch. The 22-year-old has made 34 appearances for the English outfit this season, netting four goals and picking up a couple of assists in the process across various competitions.

The talented defensive ace has been a reliable performer at the back based on his average of 2.5 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3.8 clearances per game in the EFL Championship. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from inside his half as he has completed 79.7% of his attempted passes in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

The Cottingham-born talent’s current deal with Hull City is set to run out in the summer of 2026. Thus, it won’t be easy for the Villans to land him at the end of this season.

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Should Aston Villa Boss Unai Emery Snap Greaves Up?

Greaves is a solid tackler of the ball and can scan the danger quickly to make a few timely interceptions for his side on the defensive end of the field. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive and is capable of playing his way out from the back

The English sensation is primarily a centre-back but can also fill in as a left-back if asked to do so. Hence, he will be a great, long-term signing for the Villans to pull off at the end of this season. However, there are some question marks over whether he can maintain his good form in the Premier League if Aston Villa manage to get him on board during the summer transfer window.

At 22, Greaves has got a bright future ahead of him and is already good enough to challenge for a regular starting spot at Villa Park. He will no doubt add more depth to Unai Emery‘s match-day squad and could help the West Midlands club challenge across all competitions in the coming seasons.

Thus, Unai Emery would be wise to try everything in his power to snap Greaves up when the transfer reopens later this year.

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