Reported Aston Villa target Leo Baptistao struggling, now eight games without a goal

Reported Aston Villa target Leo Baptistao has now gone eight games without a goal.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Aston Villa are interested in signing Atletico Madrid-owned striker Leo Baptistao this summer.

Baptistao, 22, is currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano having struggled to break into the Atletico team, and is currently their fourth choice striker behind Mario Mandzukic, Fernando Torres and Raul Jimenez.

The Brazilian forward shot to prominence in the 2012/13 season, scoring seven goals and adding six assists in 29 games for Rayo Vallecano.

A move to Atletico followed, but he has played just eight games for Diego Simeone's men, scoring once before being loaned out to Real Betis last season and back to Rayo this season.

It's clear that Atletico saw something in him, and maybe Aston Villa have too - but right now, Baptistao is struggling in front of goal.

Baptistao is without a goal in his last eight games, and has scored just once in the last 14 games as Rayo team-mate Alberto Bueno steals the limelight in attack.

Villa have struggled in front of goal this season, and if they stay in the Premier League, Tim Sherwood needs to find someone who can find the net regularly and take some pressure off Christian Benteke in the final third.

Right now, Baptistao doesn't look like being that player - and Villa should take note of his recent scoring struggles before making a move for him this summer, even if he has scored seven goals in 23 games this season.

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