Aston Villa should strengthen their attacking midfield area next season with the acquisitions of both Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia from Norwich City, according to their former striker Emile Heskey.
The Villains have been comfortable in the Premier League this season but probably need to add something going forward around star player Jack Grealish if he remains at the club beyond the summer.
Dean Smith does have options in the form of Anwar El Ghazi, Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet – the latter though will be out for a while due to injury – but none of those are game-changers and there’s a chance that Cantwell or Buendia could be.
The Canaries pair – Buendia especially – have dominated the Championship this season, with the Argentinian scoring 14 times and assisting 17 goals in 37 games.
Cantwell’s visible stats are less impressive with six goals and five assists, however he’s still a mercurial talent and impressed in the Premier League last season when Norwich were relegated.
With Villa perhaps needing a bit more creativity, Heskey, who plied his trade at Villa Park 2009 and 2012, believes the pair would be ideal targets for the club to move up the table next season.
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“Ross Barkley came in to really sure up that midfield and give them a bit of creativity but that hasn’t worked out, so Villa are obviously looking at options to really give them something else if Jack’s not there,” Heskey told HITC Sport.
“Cantwell is one of those. He’s been fantastic.
“Buendia is one who can play in several different positions but playing in the Premier League is different than playing in the Championship.
“Hopefully he can step up to the plate. Villa is probably a really, really good place for him to do that.
“It doesn’t surprise me that teams are looking at players from Norwich. They bring a lot of good young players through, make them superstars and sell them on.”
The pair would be good signings for Villa but they’d be awfully expensive.
You’d imagine that they’d cost the best part of £70 million and when you’ve already got attacking players, albeit ones that are probably of lesser overall quality than Buendia, then you need to sell one or two of the squad.
Norwich will no doubt be bracing themselves for offers this summer for Cantwell and Buendia, and also Max Aarons too – it could be an uncomfortable few months for Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber who will be either batting off every bid or considering sales.