In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that Aston Villa are facing stiff competition for Genoa winger Albert Gudmundsson. It is understood that the Villans will have to rival West Ham United in the race to land the Iceland international next year.
Gudmundsson’s Impressive Run Of Form In Serie A
Gudmundsson is having a decent campaign at the Italian club after he produced a string of productive displays on the left side of their attack. The Icelandic sensation has banged in seven goals and earned one assist in 14 matches for Genoa this season across all competitions.
The 26-year-old has been a decent performer in the final third based on his average of 1.7 shots, 1.8 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been accurate when distributing possession in the opponent’s half based on his pass success rate of 80.6% in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).
His current deal at Genoa will expire in the summer of 2027 which could make it difficult for the Villans to snap him up next year. Still, Unai Emery should focus on moving in for Gudmundsson this January or at the end of this season.
Aston Villa Are Facing Stiff Competition For Gudmundsson: Is He Worth The Fight?
Gudmundsson is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet and has got the vision to engineer a few clear-cut chances for his teammates on the offensive end of the field. He can shoot the ball with venom and accuracy from long range and has done well to add plenty of goals to his game this season.
The Iceland international is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also fill in as a right-winger or play in the number ten position if required. We can expect Gudmundsson to add more firepower to Aston Villa head coach Unai Emery’s attack. He is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at the West Midlands club next year.
Thus, Gudmundsson will be well worth the fight, so the Villans should try everything they can to win the race for his services. However, it remains to be seen whether he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football if Emery can find a way to get a deal done for him in 2024.