Reports in England have stated that Black Stars defender, Daniel Amartey, is on the shopping list of Aston Villa boss, Steve Bruce in the January transfer window.
Amartey, who plays for Leicester City, has struggled for games at the club but it seems Bruce is convinced that the player can do a good job at Aston Villa between now and the end of the season.
But why the interest in Amartey? Citi Sports spoke to a director of the Aston Villa Supporters Trust, Howard Hodgson, on Wednesday for a better understanding of the reports.
“Because Amartey’s best position is at centre-back, that may explain why these reports.
Aston Villa do not have that much cover in the position at the moment. John Terry is now coming back from injury. When he was out, the only cover was Chris Samba and he is very injury-prone.
Tommy Elphick has had a chance in the last couple of games and done well but he is meant to be out of favour with Steve Bruce. So, maybe Bruce is planning to use Amartey in that position.”
Despite Amartey’s limited opportunities at Leicester City, he has been used in a number of positions aside from centre-back. He has featured on the right hand side of the defence and in midfield as well.
Hodgson believes that the Black Stars player’s versatility could be another reason why Bruce is interested in getting his signature.
“We have a lot of right-backs at the football club already. I know he is very versatile and he has played in midfield and perhaps, Bruce has plans for him in those areas.
With interest in Alan Hutton growing especially from Middlesbrough, Amartey is a possible replacement at right back.
In midfield, Glenn Whelan is struggling a bit and Mile Jedinak gets injured quite a lot and so, I can see why Amartey could be brought in.”
It is unclear whether the deal will go ahead or not but what is certain is that Amartey cannot join Villa on a permanent basis in this window since the club is under the Financial Fair rules but can sign two players on loan for the rest of the season with their budget.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');