Stoke City and Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters has emerged as a summer transfer target for Aston Villa, according to the Telegraph.
Walters isn’t the most exciting prospects out there but could it prove to be a masterstroke by Steve Bruce?
The 33-year-old is well known for his hard work and determination. He could link up well with last season’s top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia allowing him free to do what he does best, score goals.
He would do the dirty jobs that the Ivorian striker was accused of not doing by certain sections of the Villa faithful last season.
Do we need Walters?
We have Ross McCormack, who flopped last season and was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest. It is still unclear what the future holds for the former Fulham man.
We also have Gabby Agbonlahor who appears to be determined to win the fans back and make a big impact next season and we push for promotion. Some state that the striker is finished and is just trying to win another contract at Aston Villa.
Steve Bruce seems hellbent on giving him another chance however and has talked him up on more than one occasion.
We still haven’t mentioned Scott Hogan who has everything to prove in a Villa shirt and a young Rushian Hepburn-Murphy who will want to make a statement this coming season.
What does Walters offer
The former Ipswich striker has made 23o appearances in the Premiership for both Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers and has scored 43 goals and contributed 19 assists.
His best goal-scoring season was during the 2014-15 campaign when he scored 8 goals in 36 appearances.
Stoke fans are known to admire his commitment and hard work, always giving everything to the course.
Would Walters work?
Walters is an older experienced player and would do wonders to the squad if he was part of the set-up at Villa Park. I can’t see where he would fit in the starting eleven as a regular due to the various options (some already discussed) so would he be happy with a bit part career at a new club?
He is already a bit part player at Stoke and I could only see him wanting to leave for first team football.
He could prove to be a decent signing but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if nothing materialised. I can’t see what he would offer us that we don’t already have in the squad.
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