Aston Villa should move to sign Sebastien Haller in January

Aston Villa need to sign a goalscorer in the January transfer window.

Aston Villa are currently the joint lowest scorers in the Premier League, and they need to sign a goalscorer in January to improve their ratio of 10 strikes in 12 games.

Rudy Gestede has shown an aerial threat whilst possessing almost no skills with the ball on the ground, and fellow summer signing Jordan Ayew is still struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

However, neither player has been as bad as Gabriel Agbonlahor, who now looks as if he is past the required level needed for the Premier League.

These struggles in front of goal are one of the main reasons that Villa find themselves bottom of the Premier League table, and head coach Remi Garde needs to bring a striker in when the January transfer window opens.

And Garde needs to ensure the player signed is one who possesses all the abilities to be a perfect all-round striker, able to lead the line by himself rather than as parter of a strike partnership.

Garde has shown a desire to utilise a 4-3-3 system, and Sebastien Haller of FC Utrecht could be the perfect player to bring goals to the struggling Villa side.

Haller, 21, moved to Utrecht permanently over the summer, having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Eredivisie club from Auxerre in his homeland of France.

The youngster has been a revelation in the Netherlands, scoring 19 goals in just 29 games, with eight of those coming in 11 appearances this term. He is also a French Under-21 international, who has recorded six goals in 10 games.

Most importantly for Villa, Haller has proven himself as a perfect modern striker, who can not only lead the line in a physical battle, but also excel with the ball at his feet.

His rate of winning aerial battles - 6.2 per game - would be the third highest in the Premier League if he could retain such a level after transferring, and it is just 0.7 less than Gestede manages every fixture.

However, Haller has a better pass accuracy, shots per game, key pass ratio and dribble success rate per game than Gestede currently manages.

The main doubt about signing players from the Eredivisie is that the league is too weak in relation to the Premier League, but recent history has shown these fears to be exaggerations, and Haller has a good scoring record at international level as well.

Villa need to add goals to their team, and Haller looks to have all the traits to succeed in a Premier League side set-up by Remi Garde.

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