Saturday, January 28, 2023

Villa can land Cash 2.0 with Alex Moreno

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Aston Villa have already experienced a lot of change at the club over the Premier League campaign so far with Unai Emery replacing Steven Gerrard as the manager at Villa Park in October.

The Villains found themselves flirting with a spot in the relegation zone in the final weeks of the former Rangers boss’ tenure but have now managed to climb up to 12th in the Premier League table since the arrival of Emery.

Indeed, the former Arsenal manager has only just started to settle into his new role at the Midlands club but will have a big responsibility on his shoulders when the January transfer window opens in the New Year to improve and make his own mark on the squad with new additions.

Emery has already given an insight into his January transfer plans whilst speaking to the media earlier this week (via Birmingham Live):

“I was so excited when I arrived here and I am so excited now. I am excited with the players we have now and the players we can add in the transfer market.”

“But the January market is not really easy. It’s not easy as well to have the possibility to add players to improve the squad. But we are going to move to try and do it.”

One player who has been linked with the club recently is Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno, a player who could add depth to the full-back positions in the squad to compete for a spot with Lucas Digne.

Over 13 La Liga appearances, the 29-year-old ace – who was hailed “quality” by journalist Ethan Lamb – has registered three assists and created two big chances, as well as averaging 1.2 interceptions, 1.7 tackles, 1.9 clearances, 62.9 touches and 4.5 duels won per game.

In fact, Emery could land his very own Cash clone as the Aston Villa left-back is named as the most comparable positional peer to Moreno over the last 12 months, according to FBref.

The fullback duo have had many similarities in their output over the season so far including pass completion rate (76.8% v 75%), shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (1.54 v 1.49), tackles won (15 v 14), successful interceptions (15 v 18) and ball recoveries (68 v 53), also via FBref.

It is reported that Betis are commanding a €15m (£13m) transfer fee to part ways with Moreno in the new year, something that shouldn’t be a problem for Emery in his pursuit to strengthen his squad at Villa Park.

With that being said, the signing of the uncapped Spanish dynamo would be a great piece of business if they can sign him for the right price as he can clearly match the quality of Cash providing the new manager quality depth.

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