Aston Villa manager Unai Emery has less than a week left to go in the January transfer window to make additions to his squad heading into the second half of the campaign.
The Spanish head coach is enjoying his first month in the market since joining the club to replace Steven Gerrard earlier this season and has made two signings so far.
Alex Moreno and Jhon Duran have arrived at Villa Park from Real Betis and Chicago Fire respectively but they may not be the last players to come through the door before the window slams shut.
One player who has been linked with a potential switch to the club is Lyon centre-forward Moussa Dembele, with Villa reportedly making an enquiry about the striker – whose contract with the French outfit is due to expire at the end of the season.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Ryan Taylor confirmed that the striker is “definitely a player of interest” to the Villans heading into the final few days of the window.
Emery could now form a lethal duo in the final third for Villa by signing Dembele and using Emi Buendia to provide the gem with the service he needs, in the form of quality passes.
The Lyon striker, who journalist Bertrand Latour once hailed a “scoring machine“, showcased his goalscoring potential in the French top-flight last season as he found the back of the net 21 times in 25 starts.
Dembele has also scored twice in six Ligue 1 starts this term and plundered 26 goals in 38 Premiership starts for Celtic earlier in his career, which shows that he has a history of being prolific in front of goal.
These statistics indicate that the Frenchman would be a reliable goalscorer for Villa if the club can get the right players around him to create chances in the Premier League.
This is where Buendia could come into play as the Argentine maestro has the potential to be an excellent creative force for the club if he can recapture his best form.
In the Premier League last season, the ex-Norwich man created 1.4 chances per match and eight ‘big chances’ in total across 35 appearances and that came after he produced nine ‘big chances’ and 2.3 key passes per outing across 36 matches in the top-flight for the Canaries in 2019/20.
The 26-year-old also joined Villa off the back of creating 18 ‘big chances’ and making 3.1 key passes per game in 39 Championship clashes for the Yellows.
These statistics show that Buendia has the capacity to be an exceptional creator for Villa, particularly when you consider that no player has managed more than 1.5 chances created per match in the Premier League this season, if Emery can get him back to his best.
Now, imagine the Argentine wizard in top form and threading quality through balls and passes into Dembele for the French striker to do what he does best – score goals.