Aston Villa opinion: Lions should avoid signing Christian Luyindama
According to Birmingham Live, Aston Villa have been credited with an interest in DR Congo centre-back Christian Luyindama, with the report claiming that the Lions have tabled a €12million bid for the 25-year-old defender.
Interestingly, Luyindama only completed a €5million permanent move to Turkish giants Galatasaray last month, having initially moved to the Super Lig club in January on a loan deal from Belgian heavyweights Standard Liege.
Galatasaray had the option of making his stay permanent and the Turkish outfit exercised that clause following the centre-back’s impressive run of form in the second half of the previous campaign, where he scored twice in 17 appearances in all competitions.
However, as the story goes, Aston Villa are apparently keen to tempt Galatsaray into selling the centre-back this summer itself, with the Lions making an audacious bid for the 25-year-old.
Indeed, the move looks favourable for Galatasaray but the same hardly applies to Villa, who have already spent over €100million this summer upon securing promotion to the Premier League.
Luyindama rose through the ranks of TP Mazembe in his homeland before making his move to Europe with Belgian side Standard Liege, initially on a loan deal in January 2017 before making his stay permanent later at the end of the season.
The centre-back scored 8 goals in 74 appearances for Standard Liege in all competitions over the course of two-and-a-half seasons, winning the Belgian Cup and featuring in the Europa League in the process.
The Congolese international moved to Galatasary on loan in January 2019 before making his stay permanent earlier this summer.
Aston Villa have not hesitated to splash the cash this summer to complete a massive overhaul of their squad in a bid to thrive in the Premier League, so much so that the club’s recruitment policy has drawn comparisons with Fulham’s bizarre spending spree last summer.
Dean Smith has already sealed permanent deals for last season’s loanees Anwar El Ghazi, Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings.
Striker Wesley Moraes, playmaker Jota, centre-backs Bjorn Engels and Ezri Konsa, as well as left-back Matt Targett have come through the door at Villa Park. And there might still be more to come, with a couple of weeks to go before the transfer deadline in August.
To put things into perspective, Christian Luyindama might be on the move for the second time this summer, with Villa making a tempting offer, although it seems hard to understand as to how the Lions would benefit from having him in their ranks in the Premier League next season.
As things stand, Villa currently have the likes of Mings, Hause, Engels, Konsa and the hugely experienced James Chester as options at the heart of their defence.
While Hause and Mings played together at the back in the second half of the previous campaign, Konsa and Engels are completely new additions this summer and it probably won’t be a great idea to bring in too many new faces at the heart of the defence.
Interestingly, besides James Chester, neither of the aforementioned players have too much Premier League experience under their belt, meaning that Villa could find themselves in a big hole should they fail to get to grips with the English game next season.
Mings spent considerable time with Bournemouth since their promotion to the top-flight but he never really managed to nail down a starting spot at the back. The same applies to Hause, who was a key part of Wolves’ plans in the Championship but was sidelined completely upon promotion to the top-flight.
Konsa, though an exciting prospect, is far from a finished article and he is not really capable of delivering the goods in the Premier League every week.
It is pretty clear that Smith has a big job on his hands to somehow assemble and integrate these new players into his plans for the upcoming season to some degree of success.
As far as Christian Luyindama is concerned, the player doesn’t have any prior experience of playing in England, meaning that any move to Villa Park would not be risk-free.
Plus, the fans would probably remember what happened to Fulham last season after they brought in anyone and everyone at the back to plug the holes.
Unplanned mass recruitment doesn’t always pay off and we have seen numerous instances of newly-promoted teams head back to the Championship after making too many changes to their squad.
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Keeping that in mind, Villa would be better off dropping their interest in Luyindama and, if they are really looking to bring in another centre-back, they might as well set their sights on some proven Premier League material.