Speculation can today end in regards to Aston Villa’s major move of the Winter transfer window as Axel Tuanzebe has completed his long-rumoured move to Aston Villa.
The loan deal from Manchester United had dragged out for an extra week or so - it was said that Tuanzebe’s move was delayed because Jose Mourinho wanted to wait to assess his defensive situation before signing off on the move.
The Congolese-born defender comes into a Villa team in real need of backup at the back of the park. Chris Samba hasn’t enjoyed a great spell of fitness and Tuanzebe would ease the burden at the back. It’s of note that Axel is expected to be deployed as a midfielder at Aston Villa.
One man who has starred in midfield for Villa is Birkir Bjarnason, who has found success in a role as a half-back for AVFC. When the chance was open, he took it. It’ll be interesting to see what happens for Villa in defensive midfield.
It’s another move based off of Steve Round and Steve Bruce’s contacts at Manchester United, with Sam Johnstone being the first move to have come as a part of this ‘special relationship’. Tuanzebe will link up with his former comrade as Villa push for promotion.