Lange must sanction £30m Villa swoop for “incredible” colossus who’s shades of Benteke – opinion

Lange must sanction £30m Villa swoop for “incredible” colossus who’s shades of Benteke – opinion

Aston Villa may have already snapped up one striker during this summer transfer window but it appears Dean Smith isn’t finished just yet…

What’s the word?

According to the Telegraph, the Midlands outfit are keen to add more firepower before next month’s deadline with Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard high on their shortlist.

Smith has dipped into the Championship for his first two signings, clinching Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest as well as his former Brentford talisman Ollie Watkins for a whopping £33m.

Edouard won’t be easy to prize away from the Scottish champions with a tenth title in a row firmly in their sight.

The Sun believe they rate their leading goalscorer at £30m with Leicester City, Everton, Leeds United and many more also interested.

Shades of Benteke

It would certainly be one hell of a statement from new director of football Johan Lange if they were to clinch the emphatic 22-year-old on top of their Watkins swoop.

During the 2019/20 campaign, the Frenchman delivered 27 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, including important strikes in the Europa League and against arch-rivals Rangers, per Transfermarkt.

His playing style and imposing power draws similarities to that of ex-Villa star Christian Benteke – speaking about Edouard during his time at Parkhead, Brendan Rodgers once said:

“I find myself applauding due to the sheer quality that he possesses, which is incredible. He also has a great footballing brain and technique for such a young player. He’s very strong and he also gets goals.”

At 6 foot 2, he is very much akin to what is perhaps Villa’s last true goalscorer and their recent attempts to replace him in Wesley and Mbwana Samatta have been more miss than hit.

Former Hoops right-back Mark Wilson describes Edouard as “the complete all round striker” as he “can play off the shoulder, can hold it up, can drop into the hole and can score free kicks.”

Just imagine him and Watkins feeding off the creative Jack Grealish this season. That should be enough to have fans drooling from their mouth, which is why the club must push ahead with this signing.

AND in other news, Aston Villa can sign Remi Garde favourite in Clement Grenier

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