In a recent report, Grada 3 claimed that Aston Villa are eager to reignite their pursuit of Sevilla full-back Marcos Acuna. It has been mentioned that the Villans are keen on bringing the Argentine defender to Villa Park in 2024.
Acuna’s Recent Form In Spanish Football
Acuna has endured an injury-ravaged season at Sevilla but has managed to put in a few solid displays on the left side of their backline. The South American sensation has made six appearances for the Andalusian outfit during this campaign, picking up one assist across various competitions.
The 31-year-old has proven his worth as a solid left-back by averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 1.0 shots and 0.5 key passes per game in La Liga. However, he needs to improve his ball distribution after making only 73.1% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at the Andalusian club will expire in the summer of 2025. Hence, the Villans could potentially arrange a cut-price move for him at the end of this campaign.
Should Aston Villa Boss Unai Emery Go For Acuna?
Acuna is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his team insid ehis half. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when needed and can even orchestrate some decent chances in the final third.
The Argentine full-back can even shoot the ball with venom from long range. However, Acuna needs to improve his passing accuracy.
Still, there is no denying that he is good enough to rival Lucas Digne for a regular starting spot in Unai Emery’s first XI.
Acuna has got a wealth of experience under his belt and could be a real asset in Aston Villa‘s squad in the short-term. He would add more energy to Emery’s defence and might help the West Midlands club compete across all fronts over the next few years.
At 31, Acuna is a player on the decline. However, Emery knows the player well from his time in Spain and could unlock the best out of him at Villa Park. Therefore, the Villans would be wise to go in with an offer to land Acuna in the winter transfer period or at the end of this season.