Why Aston Villa should consider a loan deal for Marcos Rojo in January
According to the Birmingham Mail, out-of-favour Man United defender Marcos Rojo has opened up on his failed move to Aston Villa in the summer, with the 29-year-old making it clear that he will be pushing harder to seal an exit from Old Trafford in January if things do not change for him at his current club.
The Argentine international was widely tipped to depart United in the summer after the Red Devils spent heavily to secure the services of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Aston Villa and Everton touted as possible loan destinations.
Rojo looked completely set to switch clubs in the transfer window but United pulled the plug on a deal at the eleventh hour to leave the 29-year-old lost in the cold at Old Trafford for at least another six months.
Even after the departure of Chris Smalling on loan to Roma, Rojo finds himself down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Maguire, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Axel Tuanzebe all competing for two roles at the heart of the defence every week.
It seems highly unlikely that Rojo would make a return to the first-team fold at Old Trafford, however, the 29-year-old has revealed that he would look to move elsewhere in January to resurrect his career which has come to a standstill.
With that in mind, it would make perfect sense for Aston Villa to reignite their interest in the 29-year-old versatile defensive ace in January and push for a loan deal to bring the South American star to the Midlands in a bid to add more experience to their ranks.
Despite grabbing the headlines numerous times over the summer with their multi-million-pound spending spree, Aston Villa have endured a disappointing start to their campaign in the top-flight, with Dean Smith’s side losing three of their first four games.
Villa spent heavily to shore up their backline prior to the start of the season, with last season’s loanees Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause signing permanent deals from Bournemouth and Wolves respectively, while Bjorn Engels and Ezri Konsa also joined from Reims and Brentford to add to the club’s reserves
Although the centre-back pairing of Engels and Mings have been looked really solid early in the season, with the latter earning an England call-up for his superb form, Villa should be aware of the fact that the likes of Hause and Konsa lack experience at the Premier League level.
Smith, of course, has someone like James Chester to call upon as well, but given that the 30-year-old is yet to return to action from an injury, the manager might as well look to sign Rojo on loan in January to add more experience to his ranks.
A move for Rojo would allow Smith to ease the likes of Konsa, Hause and Chester into action at the highest level and, while the Argentine’s patchy injury record and his impetuous nature as a defender is unlikely to have Villa pushing for a permanent deal, the 29-year-old could be a good temporary solution for the Lions in the latter half the campaign.
Looking at things from Rojo’s perspective, he is not really going to get a look in at United and an impressive loan spell at Villa Park could pave a way for a move to another big club in a different league next summer.
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That said, Aston Villa should go back in the market for the 29-year-old during the mid-season trading period, given that he does have the ability to make a difference.