Encouragement for Aston Villa? Tiago Ilori dominated Harry Kane this summer

Tiago Ilori

Tiago Ilori will be looking to impress with Aston Villa this season.

Aston Villa confirmed on their official website on deadline day that they have signed Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori on a season-long loan deal.

Even after signing defenders Micah Richards, Jose Crespo and Jordan Amavi already this summer, manager Tim Sherwood swooped to land Ilori late on Tuesday evening.

The 22-year-old centre back joined the Reds from Sporting Lisbon in 2013, but has yet to even make his first team debut for the club following loan spells with Granada and Bordeaux.

The English-born defender is looking to impress - and Villa fans have reason to be very encouraged by his arrival following his display against Harry Kane this summer.

Ilori and Kane faced each other this summer at the Under-21 European Championships, with Ilori representing Portugal and Kane, of course, England.

Portugal won that game 1-0, but one of the biggest storylines to come out of the game was Ilori's superb performance up against Kane.

With stats produced by WhoScored, Ilori made five clearances (the second most of any Portugal player) and won three aerial challenges - but maybe the most impressive stat from that game was that Kane touched the ball just 45 times - the joint-lowest amount of any player in the England starting XI.

What the stats don't show is that Ilori's pace and strength was simply too much for Kane throughout the game, as Ilori was either too quick for Kane to make impact, or he dominated him in the air and in duels, completely nullifying the threat of the Tottenham star.

Much was made of Kane's poor performance that night, but it was largely because Ilori was so dominant that night - and if Villa fans want a reason to be encouraged by the signing of Ilori, they should look towards that game as a sign of things to come at Villa Park.

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