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2019-2020 Player Preview: Trezeguet

One of the shining stars of Egyptian football is a Villan

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Mahmoud Hassan - Trezeguet - has been one of Egypt’s most exciting talents for a long time. Beloved by fans, the winger will now have the opportunity to showcase his exciting skills on the biggest stage of all - the English Premier League.

Aston Villa’s depth at winger is something to marvel at - but the ranks should be strong for there is barely any Premier League experience amongst them. In fact, only the recently departed Andre Green - who will spend the season on loan at Preston North End - has any experience of England’s top flight.

The story of Villa’s wingers - like Trezeguet - will be about proving themselves. All of them will be heaped into the deep end and expected to thrive. Villa will rely on their wide players to create and score in large amounts. Trezeguet will have to hit the ground running, like so many others.

However, he’s got the skillset to succeed. Direct running, a low centre of gravity, the ability to snap a shot at goal, and pick out forwards. A desirable work-rate and team ethic. He fits a ‘Dean Smith team’ if there is such a thing. Is he a Premier League fit? We’ll have to wait and see - but the first task facing Trezeguet will be to fight his way into the side.

Trezeguet was always going to be the Plan B to the ‘template signing’ of Säid Benrahma from Brentford. Villa are still pursuing a deal for Benrahma from Brentford - so Trezeguet’s exact role in this squad won’t be locked down until after the transfer deadline has passed. Even then, a starting spot on the wing won’t be his by default.

Not yet, anyway.