Aston Villa may not be entirely safe just yet but their recent results look like setting them on course to what will be a deserved Premier League survival for Paul Lambert’s young side.
Reports this week have suggested that the clubs owner and chairman Randy Lerner is preparing to reward the Scot for his impressive season by giving him extra funds to put back into the development of his squad; but that will not deflect him from his vision of bringing in young talented players.
This brings me to the subject of one player; who may just be the perfect option to help strengthen the back-line at Villa Park.
Aleksander Dragovic has been in excellent form this season with FC Basel; helping the Swiss outfit to a first ever UEFA Europa League semi-final and to the brink of the Swiss Super League championship.
Such form has seen the controversial centre-half linked heavily with a move to big European forces such as AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg; but his recent comments will come as music to the ears of the two Premier League clubs that have been tailing him so tenaciously in recent weeks; Arsenal and Everton:
"I regularly speak to Andreas, who has told me a lot about how much he enjoys playing in England. It’s competition at the highest level, which is what I'm looking for. The fans are fantastic, and the clubs command a lot of respect around the world."
The Premier League is clearly his preferred destination then which is the uplifting side of his comments but the down-side will no doubt be seen in his relationship with Villa’s Austrian compatriot Andreas Weimann.
A move to the Premier League is his dream but with Everton losing their manager and Arsenal likely to offer competition for a first team spot circumstance may dictate he considers his other options.
So what if, when this Austrian duo meets up to face Sweden for their national side at the start of June, Andreas suggests Villa as his next destination.
The 22-year-old certainly fits into the Paul Lambert dynamic and with the inconsistent Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker for competition he will certainly feel his chances of first team football are high at Villa Park.
While Everton and Arsenal may have held all their cards it appears Aston Villa would have an ace up the sleeve should they decide to go in for this highly rated defensive talent.
Would you like to see Dragovic at Aston Villa?
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