As any sort of deal with between Villa and Swansea for midfield man Ki seems to have gone flat, the latest name to be linked with a move to the Birmingham based club is Carlos Sanchez, the Colombia international. Sanchez is a similar player to Ki as both players would hold the midfield and look to get attacks started with some crisp passing.
Signing a defensive midfielder is something that many Villa fans have wanted Paul Lambert to do for quite some time. A defensive midfielder has clearly been missing from our side and the absence of one has been evident when Paul Lambert played his preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Last season, the Villans were hit on the counter attack and were left far too open in midfield as a result of too many players pushing forward. This made the defence very vulnerable, having three or four opposition players running at them, leaving our defensive line on the back foot.
A midfielder who will sit back and keep the team’s shape will serve us well and improve our attacking options as well as he would hopefully allow Westwood to have more time on the ball to make creative and threading passes. It would allow Delph to attack more frequently without having to look over his shoulder quite as much.
The twenty-eight-year-old Sanchez was one of Colombia’s stars of the World Cup. The midfielder, who currently plays his club football with Spanish side Elche, played every game for his country at this year’s World Cup in Brazil, where the Colombians were knocked out in the quarter-finals by the hosts. Sanchez has an impressive forty-four international caps to his name but is yet to score a goal for his country.
The estimated fee that Lambert is reportedly being asked to pay for Carlos Sanchez is around £4 million, which could well prove to be quite the bargain. I for one hope that Lambert gets his man.