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Aston Villa Join The Race To Recruit This La Liga Keeper: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Calciomercatoweb stated that Aston Villa have joined the race to recruit Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili. It has been claimed that the Villans will have to rival Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of the Georgian custodian in the summer.

Mamardashvili’s Decent Season In Spanish Football

Mamardashvili is having a solid campaign at the Mestalla Stadium after putting in a string of impressive displays as Valencia’s first-team keeper. He has conceded 36 goals and kept seven clean sheets in 31 matches for the Spanish club this season across various competitions.

The Georgian sensation deserves a pat on the back for averaging 0.6 clearances and 5.1 long balls per game in La Liga. However, he needs to improve his ball distribution after completing only 66% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

The 22-year-old’s current contract at Valencia will run out in the summer of 2027. Thus, Aston Villa will have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about signing Mamardashvili in the off-season.

Giorgi Mamardashvili
GETAFE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Giorgi Mamardashvili of Valencia CF looks on prior to the LaLiga Santander match between Getafe CF and Valencia CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on February 20, 2023 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

What Will Mamardashvili Bring To Aston Villa?

Mamardashvili can be a safe pair of hands in between the sticks as he has got good reflexes that help him make a few important saves at the back. He is a solid handler of the ball and doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed.

However, the Georgian talent has to find a way to improve his passing accuracy if he wants to be a success story at a club like Aston Villa.

Furthermore, Mamardashvili might struggle to cope with the physical side and high intensity of regular English football. Still, there is no denying that he is good enough to serve as a decent replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who is facing an uncertain future at Villa Park.

We can expect Mamardashvili to bring more quality to Unai Emery’s first team and help the West Midlands club push for a European spot in the Premier League next season. Thus, Emery should focus on getting a deal done for the Valencia youngster when the transfer window commences later this year. At 22, the future is quite bright for Mamardashvili as long as he continues to develop his game with each season.

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