In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, journalist Dean Jones offered an update on the future of Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz. Jones said,
“I totally think that Douglas Luiz is a good replacement to consider for Thomas Partey, there’s no doubt about that. I just think it’s unrealistic in January and I’m not even sure it’s realistic in the summer, given the way that Aston Villa are building at the moment, and how well he’s playing,
“I think that the valuation around him too, you’re looking at upwards of £60m, that’s pretty difficult to achieve. From what I understand Arsenal in January are looking for cheaper players.”
Luiz’s Decent Run Of Form In English Football
Luiz is having another solid campaign at the West Midlands club after he put in a series of impressive performances at the centre of Unai Emery’s midfield. The 25-year-old has scored six goals and earned two assists in 19 matches for Aston Villa this season across various competitions.
The Brazilian sensation has proven himself to be a good performer at Villa Park as he is averaging 2.3 tackles, 0.8 clearances, 1.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing possession from midfield based on his pass completion rate of 88.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
Arsenal Are Unlikely To Move In For Aston Villa Midfielder Douglas Luiz: Big Boost For The Villans?
Luiz is a good tackler of the ball and can secure possession back for his side inside his half. He usually clears his lines when required and is a tidy passer of the ball as well.
The Brazilian sensation can even shoot the ball with venom from long range and is a good dribbler with the ball. He has scored a few crucial goals for Aston Villa this season.
If Arsenal decide to not move in for Luiz, it will be a big boost for Unai Emery’s side as they simply cannot afford to lose one of the most consistent first-team stars this January. Emery should rather focus on keeping hold of the Brazilian talent for the long run as he might help the Midlands club challenge for some major honours in the coming seasons.