Aston Villa’s manager Dean Smith is well aware that the squad’s depth and quality need to be strengthened for the club to once again rise to the glory of past Premier League days.
The championship side has been hit by several injuries and must make signings to increase their chances of qualifying for the EPL. This is crucial too if they are to become a viable option in the no less competitive arena of sports betting.
Aston Villa was closely monitoring the rise of Le Havre’s player Harold Moukodi and a deal was almost tabled last summer. However, the youngster chose to stay with his club citing the difference in the tactical play of Villa’s former manager Steve Bruce.
Moukodi has thrived under the Ligue 2 outfit and been dubbed as an exciting prospect to emerge from French Ligue 2. But, the talented defender has refused to sign a long-term deal with the club and has been left out of the first team.
According to reports, the Ligue 2 team would prefer to sell him now rather than lose him for free with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
That is thrilling news for the Villa fans but the talented centre back has drawn attention from German side Borussia Dortmund and Italian giants Napoli. That leaves Aston Villa short as the defender’s choice of destination.
If the move for Moukodi fails, Dean Smith could look at these three players to strengthen their much-needed defence.
Tyrone Mings – Bournemouth
The Bournemouth defender is a much more versatile player in comparison to Moukodi and has been often been deployed at left back or centre back. He has not had many minutes playing for Bournemouth being low in the pecking order in a pool of much-talented players.
Punters have been closely watching the transfers that the championship side is making. Aston Villa has been horrible defensively conceding 45 goals in 28 matches and this signing could be a huge improvement. It will improve Villa’s chances of reaching the playoffs. Make sure to check out what the bookies offers are at this reputed aggregator. What more, you also get lucrative free bets and enhanced odds which could assure huge winnings.
Football betting can be an exciting pastime that mixes the love of the game with smart, strategic betting based on knowledge of how the game is played, who the players are and some of the ins and outs of how sports betting in general works. That Villa is on the up and up, for example, should make for particularly exciting betting over the next year or two. This, of course, being dependant on if they are able to make the big leagues at the EPL.
If sports betting is all about knowing that betting on a “sure thing” brings modest rewards on a safe bet and that betting against the “sure thing” rewards the risk with large payouts on even smaller bets. Aston Villa looks to be one of the great underdogs during the upcoming EPL tournament as their fortunes have been improving. Signing talented players like Mings or Moukoudi can only further solidify Villa as a team to look out for.
Mings had been impressive for Ipswich before switching to Bournemouth and would match Dean Smith’s style of play. The defender would definitely be an impressive signing for Aston Villa if he does not mind leaving EPL and switching to a championship side. This would guarantee him game time and would be a huge boost for Aston Villa defence.
Ezri Konsa – Brentford
The England national under 21 is no stranger to Smith and has played under him in Charlton. It will not be a surprise if Dean chooses to recruit Ezri to increase the depth of his squad.
The manager is well aware of the talented player and knows that he could improve the defence. He would be a great prospect and a much-needed signing for Aston Villa.
The 6ft 3inch player would not only be a tall presence but his aerial clearance and knack for scoring from set pieces are well known.
He has been impressive for Barnsley and has scope for vast improvement. He would certainly make a great signing and could earn the club a huge transfer profit if the circumstances are right, and plenty of great betting opportunities for those who love to place some money on their favourite teams.