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Aston Villa Are Close To Signing This Barcelona Defender On Loan: Good Choice For Emery?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, BBC revealed that Aston Villa are close to signing Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet on loan this summer. It has been mentioned that the Villans are close to sealing a loan move for the French centre-back this month.

Lenglet’s Promising Loan Spell In North London

Lenglet had a solid loan spell at Tottenham recently after he put in a run of dominant performances for them on the defensive third of the pitch. The French sensation made 35 appearances for the North London club last season, netting one goal and grabbing a couple of assists across various competitions.

The 28-year-old was a reliable presence at the heart of Spurs’ backline as he averaged 1.5 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He even distributed the ball accurately from inside his half after completing 87.5% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Catalan club will run out in the summer of 2026. Hence, it makes sense for the Villans to try and arrange a loan deal for Lenglet this month.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s French defender Clement Lenglet passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on April 8, 2023. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Is Lenglet A Good Choice For Aston Villa Boss Unai Emery?

Lenglet can get stuck in with a few crunching tackles to make life tough for the opposition attackers. He can make some timely interceptions for his team on the defensive end of the field and doesn’t hesitate to clear his lines when required.

We can expect the French sensation to bring more bite and steel to Aston Villa head coach Unai Emery’s defence. He might even help the Villans push for European football in this Premier League campaign.

All in all, Lenglet would be a good choice for Aston Villa to pursue on loan before the end of this transfer period as he has the skill set to be a success story at Villa Park this season.

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