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Aston Villa are reportedly keen on signing Reading midfielder Michael Olise according to the Daily Mail.
Olise has caught the eye with a number of impressive performances for the Royals this season, as they mount a surprise push for promotion into the Premier League.
The youngster has played a key role in that promotion push, with Olise chipping in with four goals and eight assists in his 24 appearances for the Berkshire-based side this term.
Olise’s current contract isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2021, but there have been rumours circulating that the midfielder has an £8 million release clause in his current contract, although it remains to be seen as to whether there is any truth in that claim.
A number of clubs are believed to be interested in signing the 19-year-old, although Reading boss Veljko Paunovic has revealed that the club are trying to tie him down to a new contract in the near future.
But would Olise be a good signing for Aston Villa in the January transfer window?
He’d be a real coup, considering the quality of some of the clubs being linked with him.
The 19-year-old has become one of the EFL’s most exciting young talents, and his performances for Reading this season are certainly not going unnoticed.
Olise is an excellent dribbler who is clever with the ball at his feet, with him able to pick out pinpoint passes with his wicked left-foot.
It’s no surprise that the Frenchman has recorded the most assists so far for the Royals this season.
He’s a versatile option and can be utilised on either flank or through the middle, and he’d be a great long-term solution for Villa, especially if they lose the creativity of Jack Grealish one day.
Villa won’t have it easy in the race to sign him though.
It’s a good signing, I think.
Is it needed? Well, Villa are well stocked and so I think it’s more a move for the future so, in that sense, it’s a wise move to get him in as he has fantastic talent.
He’s a player that has a very bright future in the game and I think we’ve seen Villa are more than capable of developing such footballers and really bringing them up to a high level.
Indeed, we’ve also seen against Liverpool they’ve got a great academy set-up already and so I would expect Olise to do well there if he joined, though maybe a loan back to Reading initially would be ideal.
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Yes most definitely, Olise has already proved that he is one of the finest young talents plying their trade at Championship level this term and could well be ready for the step up.
He would give Villa an option to play with an out and out number 10, only adding to the wealth of creativity that they have in their ranks.
The youngster would be worth the investment as he is still very much making his way in the game as a professional after making the grade at Reading during the last few seasons.
Even if they sign him and loan him straight back to the Royals, I believe this would be an excellent bit of business for Dean Smith’s men.