Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce
You’d forgive Aston Villa supporters for deciding against sprinting down to the ticket office when they learn the identity of their latest transfer target.
Angel at former club Levante
Those numbers are certainly impressive but Angel is no budding youngster aiming to take a major step forward in a burgeoning career. Instead, the striker is 30 years of age and has spent almost the entirety of his career in the Spanish lower leagues.
Therefore, links with Aston Villa, as well as QPR, Hull City and Reading, certainly come as a surprise.
And you can’t help wonder whether this is a response to news that Financial Fair Play regulations mean Aston Villa will not be allowed to throw their weight around in the transfer market this summer.
The Midlands giants spent around £70 million in 2016/17, including over £40 million on forward trio Scott Hogan, Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia, the latter becoming the most expensive player in Championship history when moving from Bristol City.
The days of paying £15m for the likes of Kodjia appear to be over for now
However, with The Telegraph reporting that manager Steve Bruce will have to operate on a minimal budget unless he earns funds by selling the club’s ill-fitting forgotten men, supporters could be forgiven for viewing Angel as something of a cheap option.
His goalscoring record has been exceptional since moving to Zaragoza after Eibar’s promotion to La Liga in 2015 but he will be available for nothing with his contract expiring this summer.
Therefore, links with 2016/17’s 13th placed second tier side could reflect the difficult times ahead for Aston Villa.