Date: 24th June 2018 at 11:59am
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I know we’re knee deep in football’s silly season and the press are awash with largely dodgy transfer rumours, but even allowing for some exaggeration owing to the believed financial state of Aston Villa, I really can’t see this being anything but agent led guff.

The Birmingham Mail via some a Tweet report, latched onto the suggestion that Villa had been in talks with Al-Hilal over striker Leo Bonatini.

The 24-year-old Brazilian striker was with near neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers last season and he scored 12 times in 31 starting appearances (16 substitute showings) but his last goal for them came in their clash in early December against Birmingham City. He started the season very brightly as I’m sure fans remember, but he certainly tailed off in terms of his productivity as the campaign went on and ultimately Wolves decided against making the transfer permanent.

The Mail say this translates as:

“A tentative agreement for the transition of الهلال Leo Bonnatini’s attacker to the Aston Villa English league first class.”

Even allowing for the departure of Lewis Grabban, next season we’ll have Jonathan Kodjia back fit and firing. Then there’s Scott Hogan, Keinan Davis and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy to consider. They give us target man, and pace options so Bonatini wouldn’t even plug a gap. We don’t play to Hogan’s strengths so Bonatini would struggle on that front as well.

Of course, we can factor in potential speculated sales, but even then with how Bonatini’s form slipped, wouldn’t Grabban again become a better option and offer more with greater proven reliability at this level.

Bonatini has talent and could be a good striker at this level, but I can’t imagine Villa signing anyone this summer that ticks the ‘potential’ box but carries a risk of not hitting the ground running. Whatever happens off the pitch, short of a complete implosion and a player exodus, as soon as that first whistle comes most fans will continue to expect another shot at promotion and for Villa to go one step further than the Play-Offs and get a top two spot.

It’s not a summer for gambling with transfers and Bonatini would be a gamble.

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8 Replies to “Why On Earth Would Aston Villa Be Interested In Former Wolves Striker”

  • He’s better than anybody else you’ve got, mind you I think he’s far too good for the vile.

  • You must stop eating Canada Square clickbait junk food, it’s full of empty calories and will just make you fat, spotty and blind. Might make you stick your oar in some smeggy Express and Star doggy blog. The howling would make you deaf as well!

      • Thank you for your sacrifice. I personally just can’t stomach that canada square fecal matter along with hitc, transfer tavern, football league world etc etc.

        • lol! With so much guff doing the rounds I’m picking and choosing, just made a nice change from talking about financial issues or Jack Grealish to be honest.

  • Think you Villa fans need a reality check?? Your governed by FFP now, your in debt, you have to sell players? You can’t afford to spend millions on players now?? Don’t be too Choosey! Bargain basement for you guys now!

    • Wow Joe, what is this FFP concept you talk about that I probably understand better than you given you think it only governs us now like it was invented in 2017? For a start FFP doesn’t address debt per se, it looks at losses vs money through the door. A club can carry as much loss as it likes in reality, that’s why FFP is flawed when by designation it’s supposed to safeguard a clubs’ future. Your barb doesn’t actually answer the question that we already have that type at the club, nor address the fact our style of play wouldn’t suit Bonatini’s strengths either.

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