Report: Aston Villa face competition from likes of Arsenal for Hull defender Andrew Robertson

Hull City KC Stadium

The Scotland left-back could be on the move after just one season at the KC Stadium following Hull's relegation to the Championship.

Aston Villa will have to beat off interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea to secure the signing of Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson, according to The Scotsman.

Robertson, 21, joined Hull from Dundee United in the summer for £2.85 million and earned impressive reviews in his first Premier League campaign, making 16 starts and eight substitute appearances.

The former Celtic trainee also netted Scotland’s consolation goal in November’s 3-1 defeat to England at Celtic Park, following which Hull manager Steve Bruce admitted that he had already fielded “one or two” phone calls in regards to his availability.

“There has already been one or two with phone calls asking ‘to keep me informed’,” Bruce told the Daily Mail. “That’s always the first stage. I had it with [Wilson] Palacios when I was at Wigan and then [Antonio] Valencia when he went off to Man United. And if this kid keeps performing the way he is then it might become inevitable.

“Look at Luke Shaw – he only played one year, didn’t he? That’s how crazy it is: £32million, you could buy the Humber Bridge for that!”

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses GAMETotal Tackles GAMEInterceptions GAMETotal Dribbles GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Andrew Robertson DF Hull City 0 2 17 76% 3.42 2.13 1.63 1.63 24 1,526
Kieran Richardson MF Aston Villa 0 1 8 76% 1.05 1.14 0.68 0.5 22 1,345
Aly Cissokho DF Aston Villa 0 0 8 75% 3.8 1.88 1.24 1.4 25 2,131

With Hull since dropping down the Championship, Robertson could now be on the move this summer and his name is said to be on Tim Sherwood’s wishlist ahead of the Villa manager’s first transfer window in charge.

The five-times capped defender was also linked with the Midlands outfit back in March as Hull’s top-flight status hang in the balance, but more clubs are said to have entered the race for his services now their relegation has been confirmed.

Both Arsenal and Premier League champions Chelsea are said to be considering rivalling Villa for the promising full-back, who can also operate on the wing, while Everton and Swansea have also been named as potential suitors.

Nevertheless, should he have to make a decision on his future then Villa Park would seem like a sensible destination for Robertson, taking into account the team’s clear need for left-back help.

Summer signing Aly Cissokho proved solid but unspectacular starter before going down with a groin strain in late-February, while Kieran Richardson flattered to deceive after becoming Sherwood’s first-choice option for the run-in.

Injuries also forced the likes of Alan Hutton, Matthew Lowton and Charles N’Zogbia to depute at the position over the final months of the season, suggesting that the club will make a concerted effort to bring in someone to compete for a starting place for next term.

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