Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness reassured supporters recently that this summer’s transfer window would not be quite as hectic as the splurgathon of 2016. Yet, one or two additions in key areas wouldn’t go amiss if Villa are to close the gap to the play-off places next season.
With Steve Bruce’s side the lowest scorers in the top half of the Championship, a shiny new goalscorer is likely to be at the top of their wishlist. Especially with the Daily Mail reporting that they face a challenge keeping hold of 18-goal top scorer Jonathan Kodjia (below) amid Premier League interest.
Haris Seferovic, who the newspaper claim could be the Ivorian’s replacement, doesn’t immediately jump of the page as the answer to their profligacy problems, however. The Swiss international has only scored twice all season for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
And, with a questionable attitude to go with his track record (Seferovic scored two league goals in four seasons combined with Fiorentina and Real Sociedad), Bruce would probably have a better chance of making up with Ross McCormack than turning the 25-year-old into a prolific goalscorer.
Therefore, maybe this explains the reports that director of football Steve Round and scout Tony Coton were in attendance for Hannover’s Bundesliga second division clash with Union Berlin at the weekend, as claimed by the Birmingham Mail.
Hannover, after all, can boast a striker with 18 goals to his name this season; Austrian international Martin Harnik. The 29-year-old may be plying his trade in the second tier this season after signing from fellow relegated outfit Stuttgart in the summer but he has a track record at the top of the German game.
In six Bundesliga seasons with Stuttgart, Harnik scored 52 goals and hit double figures twice. And, unlike Seferovic, there can be no question about his work rate. Harnik is a versatile forward capable of playing out wide or through the middle and is renowned for his bustling runs and high-tempo approach.
Furthermore, he’s scored more league goals this season than Seferovic has in his entire career. Make of that what you will.