Aston Villa delved into the transfer market in January and one of the players they were able to bring to the club was Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan.
On his arrival, he said all the right things and sung from the same hymn sheets from those already at the club. Those in the know labelled him a promising young centre-half with some United fans even questioning why he hadn’t been given a chance in the United side.
Tuanzebe did state that his preferred position is centre-half but since being at the club he has mainly played in the full-back positions providing cover for either Alan Hutton or Ahmed Elmohamady so you could argue that we have yet to see his full potential.
Reports from various media outlets over the last few days have suggested that Tuanzebe’s loan deal will extend his stay at Villa Park for another season, regardless of what division we will ply out trade in next season.
The 20-year-old has been ruled out of the remainder of the ‘normal season’ but he could be available for the playoffs. I am confident that he will be able to return and help out the squad massively, Premiership or Championship.
Since he has joined, Axel has definitely solidified the defence and made our squad less fragile when injury or suspension strikes. He stepped in magnificently when players are ruled out, and has barely put a foot wrong. He did make one mistake that I can remember, against Cardiff, however, he also made some vital challenges in our box that almost certainly would have ended up as goals. Although he isn’t a starter, it will not hurt to have in the squad.
Another reason we need Tuanzebe is that Elmohamady dips in and out of form quite a lot and when he is having a bad spell it gives Bruce the chance to mix it up and bring Tuanzebe in for a game or two. Elmo is without a doubt the best going forward of the two but I would rather see Tuanzebe defending. This applies for the central defenders too, if one is injured or suspended, then the United defender can step up and fill the gap, rather than having to play Mile Jedinak out of position.
Something else Tuanzebe brings to our defence is youth and speed, with John Terry and James Chester as our main defenders, many people have been quick to point out that these aren’t quick enough to keep up with modern day strikers.
This season they have managed excellently but it would be good to know that we have Axel to bring on if Chester or Terry get tired legs against a rapid forward.
Having Tuanzebe for another season is definitely beneficial to the squad and there is nothing bad that can come of it, do you think he could help us next season?