Bacuna in Birmingham for medical, should sign soon

Kiyoshi Ota

Midfielder Leandro Bacuna is apparently in Birmingham undergoing a medical before joining Aston Villa.

Sometime next week I expect to write a story that Aston Villa are looking to hire a new team doctor to take some work away from our current one. On the heels of the rumours that Nicklas Helenius and Jores Okore have traveled to Birmingham for medical check ups prior to signing with Aston Villa, we're now finding out that 21-year old midfielder Leandro Bacuna is being examined as well. Bacuna will be coming from the Eredivisie club Groningen, where he has scored 14 goals in 108 appearances. He also features with some regularity on the Netherlands U21 squad, after having appeared in 10 matches with the U19 side.

From what I've seen of Bacuna, he's got a bit of pace and plays primarily in the wing. Coupled with Aleksander Tonev, this would mean that Villa have (gasp) two wingers! I'm not counting on too much though. I remember when Marc Albrighton was the winger of the future.

Nevertheless, Bacuna ticks off every box on Lambert's checklist for new signings: young, cheap, relatively unknown, and not English. It's amazing to see Villa having already completed one signing, three extensions, and have three other signings on the verge of completion before we're even halfway through June. I guess the talk of having the team mostly set before the pre-season trip to Germany wasn't just bluster.

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