Aston Villa have been linked to an increasing number of central midfielders in recent weeks, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Tom Carroll, Hull City’s Jake Livermore and Swindon Town’s Massimo Luongo all claimed to be on Tim Sherwood’s summer wishlist.
Those rumours, per the likes of the Mirror and Daily Mail, all have one clear theme on common, with the trio having been on Tottenham’s books during Sherwood’s time as the club’s development director, but do they make sense from Villa’s perspective?
While Carroll, who is on a season-long loan at Swansea, and Livermore might be solid top-flight targets, and Luongo has emerged as one of the Football League’s leading stars over the past two campaigns, there is a good argument to make that the club would be better off spending their summer transfer funds elsewhere.
Sherwood currently has new skipper Fabian Delph, Manchester United-owned Tom Cleverley, Carlos Sanchez and Ashley Westwood at his disposal, while promising loanee Gary Gardner is set to return from an excellent spell with Nottingham Forest at the end of the season.
The Villa boss has already declared his intent to sign the resurgent Cleverley when his United deal expires in a few months’ time, while the Mail reported last week that Gardner currently factors into his plans for next term.
In addition, academy product Henry Cowans – the son of club legend and Under-21s coach Gordon – has recently been training with the senior squad and could well be knocking on the first-team door before long.
With Sherwood having other more important areas to address at left-back, up front and on the wing, it would therefore seem to make little sense to splash out on the centre of the park while funds are still tight without a new owner.
Even Luongo, who Sherwood is claimed to have watched in person this month, has had a £5 million price tag slapped on him after winning the 2015 Asian Cup’s MVP award, and it’s debatable whether the Australia international would prove an upgrade over Villa’s current midfield options.
Regardless, none of Carroll, Livermore or the League One ace will be coming to Villa Park unless the club can retain their Premier League status, which, with four matches left, is still far from assured.