Aston Villa fans react as club reportedly scout prospect who might be 'the next Mahrez'
Aston Villa fans are excited about a potential future signing in the former of Bordeaux winger Mehdi Zerkane, with the club reportedly scouting the 21-year-old attacker.
L’Equipe report that Villa had scouts in France on Sunday night to watch the Algerian international against RC Lens, with the left-sided forward scoring his first goal of the season for the Ligue 1 club as Bordeaux cruised to a 3-0 win, with the report stating that the Villains have been watching Zerkane for as long as three months.
Villa’s head of recruitment, Rob Mackenzie, has a good track record when it comes to signings from France, with the former Leicester City scout playing a role in the Foxes signing both Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante as the duo played a huge role in Claudio Ranieri’s 2016 title-winning season.
And these past successes had Villa fans on social media excited over Zerkane, with his position and nationality having some supporters think that Mackenzie has unearthed the next Mahrez, who joined Leicester from Le Havre in 2014.
Here’s what some Villa supporters had to say on Twitter…
Why not… high ceiling, low price to pay…. worth a go!
— DredgenMatt_Avfc (@Mattachu_Avfc) May 17, 2021
Never heard of him but I trust Rob Mackenzie and will now be devastated if we don't sign him.
— ₱📸 (@TheAsgardian) May 17, 2021
No idea who he is but definitely the next Garrincha
— Will Ross 🦁 (@TheWillRoss) May 17, 2021
The next Mahrez omg https://t.co/awUMYAHdcs
— 𝙅𝙖𝙮 💫 (@KishinJay) May 17, 2021
If he’s goof enough for Rob Mackenzie then he’s good enough for me. https://t.co/xkrqzBrLt0
— lew (@lew_clamp) May 17, 2021
Rob Mackenzie shopping in the french leagues for a right winger?
Run it back https://t.co/isPGSbaHxP pic.twitter.com/gD8paTYYNg
— Alex (@AVFC__Alex) May 17, 2021
Villa could find a deal for Zerkane easy to complete this summer, with Bordeaux being plunged into administration last month as reported by the Independent.