Over the weekend it was revealed that Aston Villa have an interest in bringing Harry Arter to Aston Villa. The Irish Independent claim that the midfielder could cut his loan short at Cardiff and return to Bournemouth.
Villa and Watford are said to be both interested in the 29-year-old. Common sense would say if there was any truth in the story then he would go to Watford due to them playing in the Premiership.
The move for Villa would also go against what the club claim their new plan is. Buying young, up and coming, eager footballers who have a potential sell on value.
Arter has impressed during his loan spell with Cardiff this season. Some have even stated that he has held their midfield together at times this season. His work rate is fantastic and something Dean Smith seems to look for in a player.
The Ireland international’s strengths lie in his tackling and defensive contribution. Again something that would help a very poor defensive side. His work rate would also rival that of John McGinn – someone who has impressed Villa fans massively this season.
The midfielder would also be a big improvement on what we already have at the club. Conor Hourihane seems to blow hot and cold. While the likes of Birkir Bjarnason and Glenn Whelan have struggled to fill in the gap left since Jack Grealish’s injury.
The problem is, as I have already touched upon, is his age. Arter has just turned 29 and there would be virtually no potential sell on options for the future with him.
Villa are also being linked with Chelsea youngster Charlie Colkett. The Mirror has reported that the 22-year-old will turn down a new deal with Chelsea in favour of a move to Aston Villa. It seems many youngsters have looked at Jadon Sancho’s successful move to Dortmund and want to follow suit.
First team football seems harder and harder for young English talent these days, especially at the top level. Colkett would certainly be a risk but one that should you believe reports, is one Villa are prepared to take.
Experienced or Youth
So what route should we go down? Both have failed for Villa in the past. I like the idea of Arter but then look at Elphick who also impressed at Bournemouth and has since struggled at Villa.
Whelan’s move from Stoke always represented a safe solid deal, even if it wasn’t spectacular. I personally don’t know the answer or know what route we should take. I am all for backing Dean Smith and the new recruitment team so whatever way they go I will give my backing.
One thing is for sure, the current crop is not consistently good enough. We all know what they are capable of but we also know they don’t turn up on a consistent basis.