Villa struggled badly last season in the wide positions, with El Ghazi failing to transition from Championship life and Trezeguet only coming good post-lockdown.
Dean Smith’s issues on the flanks also appeared to force Jack Grealish into this position, either in terms of his allotted role or out of necessity in-game, even when deployed more centrally. Most would agree that this is not the best way to use Grealish’s talents.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that Villa are looking to explore reinforcements.
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Wilson has been on a season long loan on the south coast, which unfortunately ended in relegation for Bournemouth from the Premier League.
The winger, linked with Villa in previous transfer windows, is reported not to be in the plans of current European and Premier League champions Liverpool.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp had quoted admirers an eye-watering £30 million for Wilson’s services in the previous window, this is believed to have been connected to the inflation of fees during the January scramble. To seal the deal for the 22 year old, a fee in the region of £15 million should likely be adequate.
Newcastle and newly promoted Leeds United are known to hold a firm interest in the Welsh international, with Marco Bielsa urgently looking to improve his squad ahead of a first top flight campaign in 16 years. Villa are also monitoring Wilson’s availability.
The 23 year old is currently under contract until 2023, but with Liverpool likely in the market for proven elite quality additions to their squad, his future most probably lies away from Anfield.
The left footer, who can play on the right wing, scored 7 times in 35 appearances for The Cherries last term, is also dangerous from set pieces.
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