Sport Aston Villa awaiting response in Tuanzebe chase

22:21  12 january  2018
22:21  12 january  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Can Scott Hogan be Villa's goalscoring solution?

  Can Scott Hogan be Villa's goalscoring solution? Scott Hogan signed for Villa in January 2017 for around £9.5 million and has struggled to hit the goalscoring hight’s that he hit during his time at Brentford, since swapping Griffin Park for Villa Park. Hogan scored 21 league goals in 33 appearances for Brentford and his scintillating form had Premier League suitors West Ham sniffing around, but since he made his move to Villa he hasn’t come close to a return of that level. The striker has had a rough start to life at Villa, suffering from a malleolar injury in February that kept him out until the middle of July as well as picking up a few other knocks. To add insult to those injuries when Hogan has been fit and playing he hasn’t fit into the system that Bruce has deployed in his Villa team. Hogan could be the answer to Villa’s striker problems this season if he was used correctly. He showed at Brentford that if he is given good service he will score. Instead of lumping the ball up long Villa could play it along the ground and play the ball to Hogan’s feet or in behind the defence for him to run onto. Villa have shown they can play effectively this way with Hogan in the side in their 5-0 new years day destruction of Bristol City. Steve Bruce believes that the reasons for Hogan’s goalscoring woes are due to the expectations of playing for a bigger club.

Man Utd news: Axel Tuanzebe aims dig at John Terry after Aston Villa loan Axel Tuanzebe had no hesitation in aiming a light-hearted dig at John Terry after

Explained: The key role new Aston Villa signing Axel Tuanzebe will play.

Aston Villa are yet to hear back from Manchester United following their attempts to sign Axel Tuanzebe on loan, according to the Mirror.

It’s claimed that the Villains want to recruit the promising defender on loan until the end of the season as Steve Bruce’s men aim to push for a strong end to the season.

However, United are yet to respond to Villa about their approach and the Championship outfit are said to be growing increasingly concerned that a deal may not be struck.

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Tuanzebe is held in high esteem at Old Trafford but has not been featuring frequently under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. A loan move away for the defender could lead him to valuable first-team experience.

Interest in Alan Hutton is gathering pace

  Interest in Alan Hutton is gathering pace Aston Villa right back Alan Hutton is out of contract at Villa Park in the summer and interest in his services is building. The Birmingham Mail reports that newly appointed Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is interested in a potential move for the player nicknamed the “Scottish Cafu” by the Villa faithful. They have also reported that Scottish side Aberdeen are also interested. Hutton has been at Villa for over six seasons. He has made over 150 appearances as well as having three loan spells away from Villa park at Nottingham Forrest, Bolton and Spanish side Mallorca. Hutton has been in and out of the Villa squad under different Villa managers but, since the appointment of Steve Bruce, he has become an integral member of the squad. He has been mostly deployed at right back but has successfully filled in at left back when he has been called upon. Hutton split opinions amongst the Villa faithful over the past few seasons but his recent performances have seen many fans join the Hutton fan club. There is a lot of competition for places at right back in this current Villa side with Alan Hutton, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ritchie De Laet and James Bree all fighting for a first team place. If the rumours of Hutton leaving Villa are true, it would make sense for the club to try and offload him in January where they can still command a fee for him. With Aston Villa being blessed with great depth at right back they wouldn’t necessarily need to bring in a direct replacement for him which could see him used to free up funds for investment elsewhere on the pitch.

There is a possibility Axel Tuanzebe will be loaned by Manchester United to Aston Villa . Villa has reportedly submitted their proposal. According to The

Axel Tuanzebe (born 14 November 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester United. He has represented England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels.

The 20-year-old is a central defender by trade but has also featured at right-back before. Tuanzebe has performed well when called upon in United’s first side and it seems Villa are anxious to recruit him.

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West Ham fail in attempt to recall Robert Snodgrass .
West Ham’s hope of recalling Robert Snodgrass from his loan spell at Aston Villa has been blocked, according to a report from Sky Sports. The Championship side who are currently sitting in the play-off places have said that they will not allow any player to leave the club as they push for promotion. The deal which was made at first did not include a recall clause which is what is causing the Hammers problems in their efforts to bring him back to the London Stadium. The Scotland international was deemed surplus to requirements by the club in the summer and was sent out on loan in order to regain some confidence and match sharpness. New West Ham manager David Moyes is keen to have another option in the final third as he bids to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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