Why Pione Sisto might be a gamble worth taking for Aston Villa in January
However, a move fell through despite Celta Vigo accepting a €10 million offer from Aston Villa for the 24-year-old’s services, with the player turning down a move to Villa Park due to certain reservations. (h/t Football Espana)
The same report claims that Sisto, who started only 8 games in the La Liga in the previous campaign, is currently out of favour at Celta Vigo and the Spanish outfit want to cash in on him as soon as possible.
There hasn’t been any indication of things changing for the good this season as far as Sisto’s future at Celta Vigo is concerned, with the jet-heeled winger’s only involvement in the league till date coming as a late cameo off the bench.
A youth product of Danish club Midtjylland, Pione Sisto rose to prominence with his boyhood club and soon came to be regarded as one of the brightest emerging talents in European football before Celta Vigo snapped him up for a fee of €6 million back in 2016.
Sisto’s time at Celta Vigo has been full of highs and lows, with the winger gradually establishing himself as a first-team regular with his promising displays in his first couple of campaigns before falling out of favour since the start of the 2018-19 season.
A tally of 14 goals and 14 assists in 113 appearances looks pretty mediocre on paper, although a large share of those appearances has come as brief cameos off the bench.
Despite managing to get the crowd off their feet with moments of brilliance, Sisto hasn’t really gone on to fulfil his potential at Celta Vigo and at 24, he needs to complete a move elsewhere in a bid to resurrect his career.
To put things into perspective, the Danish international’s stance to turn down a move to Villa Park in the summer looked quite inexplicable under the circumstances but Aston Villa might as well look to go back in the market for the highly-rated winger in January.
The Lions made quite a few additions to their wide attacking ranks as a part of their multi-million-pound squad overhaul in the summer transfer window, with last season’s loanee Anwar El Ghazi earning a permanent deal and the likes of Jota and Trezeguet coming through the door at Villa Park.
All the aforementioned players have made an impact to varying degrees thus far in the Premier League but with Villa losing three of their first four games in the top-flight, the Lions might be forced to look for further reinforcements in January if they do not manage to turn things around.
And, even if they find themselves in a good enough position on the table come January, Villa should look to add more quality to their wide options.
With that in mind, Sisto fits the bill perfectly. Although he hasn’t hit great heights in the La Liga, a move to the Premier League might go a long way towards bringing the best out of him.
Noted for his blistering pace, quick feet, ability to change gears in the blink of an eye, accurate crossing, intelligent movement and a knack for getting into the box to score goals, Sisto is more than capable of tormenting defences and putting his team on the front foot.
Moreover, his best years are yet to come and with Celta Vigo looking to move him on, Aston Villa should consider reigniting their interest in the 24-year-old wing wizard, given that he is likely to be available for a thrifty fee by Premier League standards.
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That said, it might be a gamble for the Lions but certainly, one that might reap rich rewards in the future if Sisto manages to hit the ground running in English football.