Villa have had a fantastic transfer window, turning heads left right and centre with their impressive signings. Ings, Buendia, Bailey to name a few, however there’s still one position the club would really like to improve on. They need a really solid natural #6, someone that will allow McGinn and Luiz to venture further forward without leaving too many holes defensively.
Last season Luiz played that role, however he played it as more of a sitting playmaker rather than a holding midfielder. He’s good at making blocks, and positionally always impressive, but he doesn’t command the midfield area nearly enough to be a natural #6. We got a glimpse last season at how effective Luiz can be when pushed a little further forward, and that’s something Villa should be exploiting.
Luiz vs Delaney Stats
Here is a quick snippet from FBref to help compare how Delaney suits the role of a #6 more than Luiz.
Above you can see, Delaney ranks very high for Tackles, Blocks and Ariel Duels won. This is all perfect for a solid #6, add this to an 84% passing accuracy. Whilst not exactly high for a midfielder, it’s a sturdy completion rate for someone that isn’t expected to create. He’s also very tactically aware. He can adjust to different positions inside his central midfield role, whether that be a more box to box role, or his usual defensive role.
Above are Luiz’ stats. You can see, he ranks high for blocks relatively high for pressures and clearances and pretty low for the rest. The most alarming stat for Luiz is interceptions. Making just 1.13 per 90, it’s as big an indication as you’ll get that Luiz isn’t a natural defensive midfielder. He’s a good footballer, with an eye for a pass and lovely finesse. It’s a quality often wasted so deep, and one must wonder how much creativity are in Luiz’ boots if allowed to venture further forward.
The supposed bid is around 13M, for that price, or anything within 8-10M more, I’d snap Dortmunds hands off for Delaney. Given age though, Villa should be wary they’re not paying over the odds for one or two seasons.
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