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Boyhood fan Joe Lolley would be perfect Anwar El Ghazi upgrade at Aston Villa

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Boyhood fan Joe Lolley would be perfect Anwar El Ghazi upgrade at Aston Villa

Joe Lolley is a target for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa are interested in signing Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley next summer, according to The Sun.

If Jack Grealish leaves in the summer transfer window, Lolley has been seen as a replacement.

The former Kidderminster Harriers and Huddersfield Town winger could cost the Villans around £12m.

If Grealish departs, then Aston Villa would be replacing one boyhood fan with another in attacking midfield.

Lolley was born in Redditch and grew up as an Aston Villa supporter, The Huddersfield Examiner revealed back in 2015.

 

But rather than target him as a Grealish replacement, Aston Villa should try to build the core of their squad around these two.

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With Dean Smith as manager and Grealish and Lolley in midfield, the Villans would have a core of Aston Villa fans at the club.

At the moment, Smith has to work with several under-performing players who are struggling to understand what it means to wear the claret and blue.

Lolley is an exciting talent but he would also play with passion and commitment.

The 26-year-old could be an upgrade on Anwar El Ghazi, whose loan spell from Lille will expire at the end of this season.

Left-footed winger Lolley has seven goals and seven assists this season and that quality could propel his boyhood club into promotion contention if they are still in the Championship.

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