Aston Villa are reportedly weighing up a move for Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga – but is he the man to keep them in the Premier League?
According to Team Talk, the prolific second-tier talisman is on the radar of the Villans.
Assombalonga is currently out injured with an ankle problem. On his day he has proven capable of being devastating in front of goal, however.
Aston Villa were recently rocked with the news that Wesley is set to miss the rest of the season. That means Dean Smith will need reinforcements in the final third of the pitch.
At spells with Nottingham Forest and Boro, the 27-year-old has proved lethal. In 175 Championship appearances, he has found the net on 65 occasions and he deserves his Premier League chance.
Assombalonga is strong and he would be a decent replacement for the injured Wesley.
He can hold the ball up, bulldozer defenders and perhaps most importantly he comes alive in the penalty area.
Some Villa supporters might see the move as a risk. The DR Congo international has never kicked a ball in the top-flight and those uncertainties might be valid.
His cost and his goalscoring ratio make him a risk worth taking.
If Villa still were to be relegated they would have one of the best in the business at second-tier level to get them back up.
The big thing for Smith would be getting service into the striker.
With the likes of Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish and Anwar El-Ghazi all in good form, however, creativity shouldn’t be a problem.
As a result, Villa should definitely take the risk on Assombalonga.