Who is Aston Villa target Maxi Gomez?

After a stunning mid-season recovery under Dean Smith where 10 wins in 10 propelled them to the play-offs before victory against Derby in the final at Wembley, one of the biggest clubs in English football have returned to where they belong and mean business.

The Villans are back in the Premier League and with their ambitious American owners, are ensuring they can survive in the upcoming 2018/19 season.

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With Tammy Abraham set to return to Stamford Bridge after his successful season in the Championship, Villa are rumoured to be interested in highly rated striker Maxi Gomez.

Celta Vigo’s striker, who joined them just two seasons ago, has been very impressive in Spain with 18 goal contributions in 35 games. Birmingham Mail suggest Villa have emerged has potential suitors for the £35 million rated striker. Let’s take a look at the Uruguayan and how good he is:

Setting Uruguay Alight

The forward began his career in Latin America with Defensor Sporting, coming up through their youth ranks before making his senior debut at 19 years of age. He was excellent from the moment he stepped on the pitch in 2015/16, with 14 goals in 21 appearances. This included 4 goals in a 6-5 away win for Sporting. Decent first impression.

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SUPER START: Gomez began his career in fine fashion for Sporting

Yet the following season was quite the opposite. Gomez struggled with just 4 goals in 14 games, with his breakout season now looking like a purple patch.

However, the Uruguayan was back to his best in the 2017 Primera Division season with 10 goals in just 12 games. Oh and 2 red cards. A another fine season in Uruguay rewarded Gomez with a €4.3 million move to La Liga with Celta Vigo.

Seamless Transition

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PEDIGREE: The Uruguayan has been a bargain for Celta Vigo

Once again, he hit the ground running with 17 goals in 39 appearances for the Celticos in his first Spanish top flight season. Very impressive for someone so new to the league. This season has followed suit for Gomez too, ensuring that he is a talent with goal scoring prowess.

Style of Play

Standing at 6ft 1, Gomez epitomises the phrase ‘target man’. His ability to hold up the ball and out muscle defenders enables him to be a great outlet for his side. 2.4 shots per game and 9 assists across his last two seasons evidences his ability to be an effective playmaker alongside a fine finisher.

Inevitably, his height allows him to superb in the air, with a large number of the goals he scores, as shown in the video above, being headers. The Uruguayan international is also a very intelligent forward alongside the strength and fighting spirit that we’ve seen.

Despite not covering the most distance on the pitch, he makes great runs into the box for wingers to meet with crosses and midfielders to meet with balls to his feet.

Judgement

“People back in Uruguay say that I’m going to be Luis Suárez’s successor in the national team and I hope that will turn out to be the case.” 

Gomez on the Barcelona striker

We’re confident if Aston Villa secure his signature, the former Defensor Sporting player will be a roaring success in Birmingham and could prove to be the difference in their bid for Premier League survival

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