Date: 16th August 2020 at 12:51pm
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Another day and it’s a fresh striker link on the transfer window rumour mill for Aston Villa – this time young Republic of Ireland and Southampton attacker Michael Obafemi.

Having come through the ranks as an Academy graduate, the 20-year-old made his first team debut back in January 2018, and he’s now racked up 13 starts with 20 further showings from the substitutes bench (returning 5 goals in total) – he did spend a chunk of time out injured though or he would’ve undoubtedly played more.

The original link comes from The Sun, talks of a £10million fee and namechecks West Bromwich Albion as also having an interest in him.

The curiosity here is Ralph Hasenhuttl uses him regularly from the bench, and has spoken about how he wants to see the single capped youngster develop in the future, so it feels unlikely that they would sanction a sale and although I’ve been impressed with him watching on the telebox, whilst he offers a bit more of a goal threat than Keinan Davis, he doesn’t have the same sort of ‘target man’ attributes that Davis does – so I’m not sure it would actually be an improvement in reality.

As a signing for 12 months down the line and a backup option, yes, our interest would make sense then…but not as somebody to lead the line next year.

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