Twitter slams summer Aston Villa target Haris Seferovic after Switzerland loss

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Did Aston Villa get a lucky escape missing out on Haris Seferovic? The reaction to his World Cup qualifying display on Tuesday says a lot.

Jose Fonte of Portugal competes for the ball with Haris Seferovic of Switzerland during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Portugal and Switzerland at the Luz Stadium on October 10,...

European Champions Portugal left it late to seal their place at next summer’s Russia World Cup. In a winner-takes-all clash against Switzerland on Tuesday night, a Johan Djourou own goal and an Andre Silva strike ensured that Fernando Santos’ men have qualified at last – leaving their opponents forced to navigate the play-offs.

Though a nerve-shredding evening might have been even more worrisome if Haris Seferovic had his shooting boots on. In front of his own Benfica supporters at the Estadio da Luz, the Swiss centre-forward endured ‘one of those nights’.

Portugal's defender Pepe (L) vies with Switzerland's forward Haris Seferovic during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group B qualifier football match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Luz...

He failed to hit the target with any of his three attempts on goal and, according to WhoScored, was statistically the worst player on the pitch.

If any Aston Villa supporters were watching, then, they will not have been too disturbed about the club’s inability to bring Seferovic to England in the summer. According to The Mail, Villa had scouted the 6ft 1ins striker last season with a view to making a move in the summer.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

This was despite a less than impressive tally of six goals in his last 54 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt. In total, Seferovic has netted just 21 goals across the entirety of his professional league career.

His international record isn’t much better, standing at 11 goals in 43 games. And, on the basis of his performance in Portugal, Villa have maybe benefitted from a lucky escape.

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