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Aston Villa can ease Emile Smith Rowe blow by signing Liverpool man - TBR View

Aston Villa were dealt a blow recently when Emile Smith Rowe chose to sign a long-term contract with Arsenal. The Villans wanted to secure the 20-year-old but must now go back to the drawing board. In Liverpool playmaker Takumi Minamino, they could find a decent alternative.

Dean Smith has already made some attractive signings this summer. Emi Buendia has arrived from Norwich City, whilst Ashley Young has rejoined the club on a free transfer from Inter.

Villa finished 11th last season and the objective for 2021/22 will be progression. In order to do that, the club clearly feels they need some more creativity in the final third.

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The last bid for Smith Rowe was thought to be in excess of £30 million. That was rejected and now the Gunners have tied down their player to a lucrative long-term deal.

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That leaves Villa to ponder their next move and Liverpool player Minamino could provide a decent alternative.

It has been claimed that the Reds may well keep hold of the Japan international for next season. Despite that, if the right bid is made, they surely won’t stand in his way of playing regular first-team football.

Minamino has struggled to make an impact at Anfield. He checked in for £7.25 million during January 2020 and has made 31 appearances for Liverpool, with a large number of outings coming from the bench.

Last season he finished the campaign out on loan at Southampton and started to showcase his talents. He managed two goals in 10 appearances but was largely impressive.

Undoubted talent

The real beauty of Minamino is that he is so versatile. He is comfortable in the No.10 role but can operate on both flanks or even through the middle as a centre-forward.

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Should he leave Liverpool he would have a real point to prove with the people who have doubted his ability to play in England.

At 26 he still has time on his side before he reaches his prime and it’s fair to say he would cost considerably less than Smith Rowe would have done.

Villa can go places this season with the right additions and the £72,000-a-week Liverpool player Minamino might just prove to be a shrewd addition.

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