Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent supports Aston Villa’s Premier League enforcer Douglas Luiz in choosing Arsenal over his previous employers when both clubs step up interest this month.
Bent argues that Arsenal already have more than enough quality midfield options.
Is there a better, more balanced engine room anywhere in the division where Mikel Arteta’s Thomas Partey – Declan Rice – Martin Odegaard form a triumvirate? A perfect blend of wildness, energy, creativity and balance.
As for Tottenham? The promising pre-season performances of Yves Bissouma, Gio Lo Celso and Oliver Skipp suggest that Ange Postecoglou, with his more proactive and possession-heavy approach, will squeeze more of Spurs’ opportunities in midfield than his defensive-leaning predecessors.
But the real test for Tottenham’s squad is just around the corner. In addition, there is still a chance that Pierre-Emile Hojbjer will say goodbye before the September deadline; Atletico Madrid reiterate their desire to bring a new midfielder to the Spanish capital.
Arsenal vs Tottenham for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz
So if his aim is to play football in the first team rather than the league, Bent thinks Luiz would be better off in the white corner of north London than the red.
“[Luiz should go for]Spurs,” Bent tells talkSPORT (10 Aug, 5 p.m.). “(Arsenal) are stacked in there.”
Arsenal had turned down three offers for Douglas Luiz in 2022 “Give me sports” Dean Jones, the Gunners remain interested.
Tottenham reportedly see the Brazil international as the perfect Hojbjerg replacement (Daily mail).
Even though Aston Villa signed a new contract less than 12 months ago and Aston Villa are seen as a dodge for a Champions League spot in the 2023/24 season, it seems like an odd timing for the club’s reigning Player of the Year Club to turn their backs on a team that is making serious progress.
“His qualities are necessary for us,” said coach Unai Emery VillaTV In April. “And for the idea of forming a team, he is very important. He is very important and has great potential.
“Every day I try to support him and push him to take another step forward as a player. He does it and it works very well.
“He takes responsibility on the pitch, just like I want him to. We ask him to do more because he can and because he can make progress.”
Aston Villa paid £15million to sign Luiz from Manchester City in 2019. That’s him allegedly It’s valued at around £40million these days.
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