Aston Villa Opinion: Why Mike van der Hoorn will be a good fit at Villa Park?
Swansea City could lose Mike van der Hoorn in the summer with the centre-back set to enter the final 12 months of his deal. But the Championship club have a one-year option and renowned journalist Alan Nixon has confirmed that they are set to take that up.
Regardless of that, Nixon also added that Mike van der Hoorn will still be sold when the summer transfer window opens in a few months’ time. That being said, Aston Villa should reignite their interest in the Dutchman after chasing him in the January transfer window until they were priced out of a move.
Considering Villa’s recent form, fans will now hope to see their team nail down a place in the top six and go onto win promotion. It will be a miracle if the Midlands outfit goes onto win promotion to the top-flight after things looked bleak earlier this year.
Whether they’ll play in the Premier League next season remains to be seen but Smith should definitely bring in reinforcements over the summer transfer window
Hence, it makes utmost sense to reinforce the backline and Smith should make a summer swoop for Van der Hoorn.
The Dutchman, 26, joined Swansea City from Ajax in 2016 and is now vice-captain of the club under Graham Potter, putting in some really impressive displays at the back.
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Standing at 6ft 3in tall, he is a strong and aerially dominant defender who relishes coming up against physical forwards. Van der Hoorn can also play out from the back and use his passing range to set up attacks for his team.
All in all, the former Ajax defender will suit Smith’s fast-paced, attractive style of football at Villa Park. And it’s safe to say that if Aston Villa are to pursue a summer deal for Van der Hoorn, it would be one far cheaper than what was quoted in January.