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Aston Villa have been keeping track of Hull City's young left-back Andrew Robertson

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According to a report from the Mirror, Aston Villa have joined the growing list of teams keeping tabs on Hull City's Andrew Robertson. Robertson, a 21-year-old left-back, quickly adjusted to life in the Premier League, making 21 league appearances for the Tigers, chipping in with two assists.

Just a few years ago, Robertson was playing in the third division in Scotland with Queen's Park. He moved to Dundee United in the summer of 2013, and then won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year in 2014. Robertson was then snapped up by Hull last July for a fee of 2.85 million pounds. Soon after, the fullback won the club's Player of the Month award for August. Just a few months later, he was being linked with large clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United. In November, Steve Bruce noted that he had already received a number of calls about the Scottish defender. This came only a week after Robertson scored Scotland's only goal in their 3-1 defeat to England.

There's no question that Hull will demand a decent fee for the fullback - some reports have suggested the youngster could cost as much as 12 million pounds. Left-back has been somewhat of a difficult position for Tim Sherwood since his arrival. Kieran Richardson has been Sherwood's primary choice, and while he has been slightly less terrible as of late, an upgrade would certainly be welcomed. Aly Cissokho had his ups and downs before his injury, but after returning to fitness he has yet to feature under Sherwood, and was left out of the squad for the latest match against Everton. Matthew Lowton has deputized a few times on the left side of the defense, but his more natural position is on the right, where he has struggled to win a place from Alan Hutton and Leandro Bacuna.

It's been some time since Villa has had a consistent left-back, and if Sherwood sees Robertson as the solution, he shouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger this summer. Although he has been struggling with an ankle injury, Robertson was included in the squad against Arsenal, and it's a safe bet that Sherwood will be tracking his progress in the final few weeks of the season.