By Dylan Withers
PORTO striker Moussa Marega is ‘all agreed’ to leave the club this summer – with Villa among the clubs linked should they win promotion at Wembley later this month.
Aston Villa, West Ham and Wolves are interested in the 28-year-old centre forward according to Portuguese outlet Correio de Manha.
He could be the ideal replacement for Tammy Abraham should the England Under-21 player stay with Chelsea next season.
Mali forward Marega is believed to have a £35million release clause in his contract. What would he bring to Dean Smith’s side?
Style of Play
Similar to Abraham, Marega has a knack of being in the right place at the right time, with the majority of his goals being scored within the box. He is a lethal finisher with both feet and also is a real threat in the air, standing at 6’1.
The inches in height that Marega lacks in comparison to Abraham’s huge frame are certainly made up for by the Malian’s unrivalled strength. He bullies defenders in the box and not only is he incredibly strong, he has real pace too, making him a nightmare to defend against.
The final key element to Marega’s play is his ability to link up play with his team-mates, a trait needed to thrive in this attacking Aston Villa set up that has dominated the Championship in the last few months.
This year, Marega has scored 11 goals and assisted seven in 27 starts in Liga Nos. This highlights his ability to create as well as provide the finishing touch and this is supported further by his superb return in the Champions League this year.
In nine appearances in Europe’s biggest competition, Marega has scored six goals and assisted twice. His combined total of eight puts him fourth in most goal contributions in this years Champions League campaign, only bettered by Kylian Mbappe (9), Dusan Tadic (10) and Lionel Messi (15)
With Premier League sides like Wolves and West Ham actively interested, Villa must beat Derby and return to the Premier League if they want any chance of signing a player of Marega’s ability. Having said that, if promotion is attained, the move to Villa seems a very attractive one, as the opportunity to play in front of 43,000 would attract anyone.
Villa have stiff competition in attaining Marega’s signature, but if they did should they get promoted, it would be a real statement of intent from a club looking to get back to where they should be in English football.