Aston Villa Opinion: Why shouldn’t the Villans miss out on signing Douglas Luiz?
The Brazilian youngster was captured by the Cityzens in 2017 and has been on loan at Girona since then.
He also featured as a captain for Brazil’s U23 side in the Toulon tournament, where the South American giants went on to clinch the title in the end.
Luiz’s progress in recent times
The Sky Blues prospect has played 46 games in the past two seasons and shone individually as a player, even though Girona failed to work as a unit.
A central midfielder by trade, Luiz has also played as a defensive midfielder and an attacking midfielder.
Contrary to his rough course in the La Liga, Luiz looked a completely different figure with his national team as he played a pivotal role behind their successful U23 campaign.
And in the Spanish top flight last season, Luiz garnered eye-catching stats as he held a pass success percentage of 84 with an average of 1.7 tackles and 2.1 aerials won per game.
Often being the fulcrum of the midfield, the Brazilian U23 star possesses strong vision and great dribbling skills, which tend to be his biggest strength.
Notably, he was part of the side that outsmarted La Liga giants Real Madrid last season.
How will Luiz be of use to the Villans?
The Lions have already made an emphatic statement not only by earning promotion to the Premier League but also making their presence felt in the current transfer window, with the flurry of signings they’ve made so far.
After the recent departure of Glenn Whelan, Smith needs some fluidity in that pivot void. To that end, Luiz looks like a solid solution.
The Brazilian could form a formidable alliance in the middle of the park alongside John McGinn and the flamboyant Jack Grealish.
And Luiz’s presence can also raise the stakes for Conor Hourihane, who has been toiling for the Villans over the past two seasons.
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Interestingly, both Hourihane and Luiz can also play as a double pivot under Smith, should he opt to play in such fashion in the upcoming season.
Having already made the signings of Anwar El Ghazi, Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings, Wesley Morales, the Villans shouldn’t miss out on the Brazilian talent Luiz, who could be vital in the upcoming campaign.