Why Aston Villa should sign Romaine Sawyers from Brentford
According to a report in Birmingham Live, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is targeting a reunion with Brentford’s attacking midfielder Romaine Sawyers. The current Villa boss, who was hired after the club’s disastrous start under Steve Bruce, was managing the Bees before.
Smith is preparing his shortlist for the January transfer window, and Sawyers is included. The gaffer has had a terrific start to life at Villa Park, winning five of the first nine games played. As a result, the team is now closing on the top six spot.
Both manager and player have had a long working relationship, going back to their days at Walsall. The former recruited the latter for the Saddlers on a loan deal, before making that move permanent after West Brom released the playmaker. Smith brought Sawyers to Brentford in the summer of 2016.
Here’s why the ex-Bees manager should now bring the 27-year-old at Aston Villa next month:
Sawyers’ quality would be fruitful for Villa
Romaine Sawyers is chiefly an attacking midfielder, who can play as a second striker or as a lone front man if required. He possesses a terrific right foot that can do many things, especially in the opposition box.
The 27-year-old is an adept passer of the ball, doing so at success rate of 84.4% in the league this season. He has the propensity of picking out key passes towards the goal, at an average of 1.9 per match, epitomising his strength as a creative wizard.
The St Kitts and Nevis man has the ability to hold the ball and create space for himself by dribbling past defenders in tight areas. He possesses a good turn of pace which is best used in counter-attacking situations.
As of now, Aston Villa are heavily dependent on Jack Grealish to produce the magical moments and fabricate goal-scoring chances for the front men. The manager shouldn’t continue on that reliance, as good teams don’t bank on a player to provide them with the spark.
Hence, it makes sense for the club to sign another playmaker, who can play in various central attacking positions along with his favoured number 10 role. From the player’s viewpoint, his current club is going through a free fall at the moment after the departure of Dean Smith. Therefore, if the 27-year-old wants to challenge for promotion, he should reunite with his former boss and help Villa get promoted to top-flight football.
Stats Courtesy – Whoscored.com