In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Aston Villa are keeping a keen eye on Barcelona full-back Marcos Alonso. It is understood that the Villans are showing interest in recruiting the Spanish defender next year.
Alonso’s Recent Form In La Liga
The 32-year-old has played an important role in Xavi’s match-day squad but is not a regular starter at the Nou Camp. Alonso has been involved in just four matches for Barca this season across multiple competitions.
The Spanish talent has been a positive influence in both halves based on his average of 1.7 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.0 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from the back after making 93% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).
Alonso is under contract at the Catalan club until the end of this campaign. Hence, the Villans could potentially acquire his services on a cut-price deal this January.
What Will Alonso Add To Aston Villa Boss Unai Emery’s Team?
Alonso is a tough-tackling defender who is primarily a left-back but can also serve as a central defender if asked to do so. He usually clears the danger when needed and can make some timely interceptions for his team inside his half.
The Spanish talent is proficient at playing his way out from the back and can deliver a few inviting crosses from the left flank. Alonso has previously got a lot of Premier League experience during his time at Chelsea and won’t take much time to settle into life in England if Aston Villa can get him on board this winter.
At 32, Alonso might still have a few good years left in him to play at a high level. Hence, he would be a good, short-term signing for the Villans to pull off in the January transfer period.
Alonso would add more quality to Unai Emery’s defensive department. He will also help the West Midlands club push for European football in the Premier League this season. Thus, Emery should consider launching a cut-price move for him when the transfer window reopens at the start of next year.