This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Aston Villa’s summer has got off to a pretty convincing start. Having signed Wesley from Club Brugge for a fee of £22m they’ve shown they’re not afraid to spend big this summer.
The Brazilian is still largely an unknown quantity at the highest level having played the majority of his career in Belgium to date, scoring 17 times in all competitions last season.
Having added Anwar El Ghazi to their ranks on a permanent basis and also bringing Jota to the club, improving in attacking areas seems to be a huge priority.
And with the club also pursuing Egyptian winger, Trezeguet, there is yet more evidence.
Last week, The Sun reported that they were ready to pay £8m for the 24-year-old but the BBC have since claimed that’s risen to £10m.
They reported that Dean Smith and Jesus Garcia Pitarch have been in Cairo to see him during the Africa Cup of Nations as they eye up a deal.
In the Turkish Super Lig last term, he was in phenomenal form, scoring nine times whilst also picking up the same number of assists.
Trezeguet is a potent goal threat and regularly finds himself in positions from which to shoot from, averaging four shots a game for Kasimpasa in 2018/19.
It’s an area, therefore, that he could prove devastating in if the club sign him this summer.
Of course the Turkish league is far below the standard of the Premier League but it’s still a particularly impressive return.
In one game last season, he had an incredible ten shots per game whilst he had a further seven in two matches.
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Considering the number of shots he does have per game he ought to be scoring more goals but the positives are that he’s getting into shooting positions in the first place.
His tally of four per game amounts to more than anyone in the Villa side last season from their promotion-winning Championship campaign.
Tammy Abraham had 2.9 per outing whilst John McGinn sat second on 2.5. Therefore, there is a considerable difference between Trezeguet and those who were playing for the Midlands outfit last season.
The Egyptian played on the left flank for his club last term, an area where Anwar El Ghazi averaged just 1.9 shots per game in comparison.
If he arrives this summer, the Dutchman could well find him a direct competitor for a place in the side.
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