It’s recently been reported by Football Insider that Fleetwood Town are working on a deal to sign former Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan.
The Irishman has been a free-agent since he was released upon the expiration of his contract at Villa Park, and Joey Barton clearly feels as though he’s a player that could add something to their side in League One this season.
Fleetwood are currently sat 11th in the third tier standings, and will be hoping that Whelan can play his part in their promotion bid this season, if he was to arrive at Highbury Stadium.
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Whelan’s statistics from Aston Villa’s promotion-winning season in more detail, and see whether he would be a good addition to the Fleetwood Town squad this month.
Whelan featured in 2479 minutes of action for Dean Smith’s side in the 2018/19 season, but at the age of 36, there will rightly be doubts as to whether he can repeat that this season in League One.
The experienced midfielder isn’t known for his threat going forward in attack, but does have a goal and three assists to his name from that promotion-winning campaign.
Competition for places in the Aston Villa squad that season was certainly fierce, with the Irishman having to compete with the likes of Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish for a starting spot.
But Whelan’s defence-minded style of play definitely came in handy to Aston Villa in tightly-contested games that season, a claim which is backed up with the midfielder winning 87 of the 151 defensive duels he was faced with.
The midfielder certainly wasn’t shy of making a pass for Aston Villa in the 2018/19 season either, with the Irishman attempting 1454 passes in total for a Villa side that often dominated proceedings in the Championship.
With 1290 of those passes proving to be accurate, it’s a statistic that certainly makes for impressive reading for any potential suitors of Whelan’s.
Fleetwood are currently challenging for promotion into the Championship this season, and signing a player of Whelan’s quality would be somewhat of a coup for any team in the third tier of English football.
Whelan would also bring that winning-mentality to the Fleetwood team, who have made a strong start to this year’s league campaign under Joey Barton’s guidance.