In spite of their record-breaking summer transfer window, Aston Villa find themselves a point away from safety, 23 games into this league season. So it does not come as a surprise that Dean Smith is active in the market yet again this month.
Villa have been linked with a number of exciting players recently and one name now doing the rounds is Serhou Guirassy.
A story from Daily Mail claims that Leicester City and Aston Villa are interested in the French striker, who only joined Amiens on a permanent deal in the summer.
So will Serhou Guirassy solve Villa’s problems?
Villa’s Issues In Attack
Dean Smith’s side have been less than impressive in front of goal, scoring just 29 times in 23 games so far this season.
Jack Grealish remains their top goalscorer with seven to his name. Wesley with five is the first choice to lead the attack for the club while Anwar El Ghazi seems the only other player Smith can play as a striker for his side.
Welsey, in his first season in English top-flight, is still inconsistent and has now picked an injury that could potentially rule him out for the rest of the season.
So signing a number.9 has turned into a priority for the Villains this January and Serhou Guirassy is one of many names they are scouting.
Lack of quality in front of goal has been a real deterrent in Villa’s attempts to fight for their survival in the Premier League but can Guirassy make an impact?
Serhou Guirassy And His Style Of Play
A physically imposing striker who loves to play on the shoulder of the final defender, the 23-year-old Amines man is dangerous in the air.
He is a decent passer, is adept at hold up play, and loves to get involved in the buildup just outside the box but he has a natural ability to find dangerous positions inside the box, which makes him a headache for even the best of defenders in the league.
He moved back to Ligue 1 just last January but is now the first choice striker for Amiens, where he has seven goals and two assists in 30 appearances for the club so far.
Serhou Guirassy is a smart player and is a threat even in set-piece situations and at 23, has the potential and attributes to be a destructive striker in the Premier League.
Lack of experience at the highest level may be an issue but Guirassy’s movement and general style of play fit Dean Smith’s system at Villa Park pretty well.
He may not solve impending problems at the club but Guirassy is certainly a player who has the ability to provide a thrust in Villa’s attempts to evade the drop zone before the end of the season and could be a long term solution to their attacking problems if he manages to settle down at the club, something not many of the new arrivals have succeeded in doing.