The Turkish international, valued at £4.5m on Transfermarkt, put in a very respectable performance during their recent 2-2 draw at Villa Park, patrolling in front of the West Brom defence by making 2 tackles, four clearances, winning one aerial duel and making four interceptions, the latter stat the most by any player on the pitch that day for either team (as per WhoScored).
And his performance clearly made an impression on Evans as, speaking on the 1874 podcast, he felt that he was someone that could be of great use to Dean Smith’s side and could even be available within Villa’s price range during the window.
“Yokuslu is more like a protective shield and just mops things up and has a bit more quality on the ball. I think that if Villa are looking for a defensive midfielder in the summer that he could be a really good option.
“Celta Vigo will be letting him go, he won’t be going to West Brom when they get relegated, so he’s certainly somebody that could come into the reckoning and Villa might be able to get him for a decent price as well.”
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Defensive midfield has certainly been an issue for Aston Villa this season, with their two main options Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba both ranking 15th and 17th respectively in terms of the team’s WhoScored ratings, so the position is arguably due for an upgrade.
If Evans thinks that they could get him for a decent price, then it might be worth chasing after him, but you would like to think that they would aim much higher than someone whose team has the worst defensive record this season, so it could be a surprise if Smith decides to capture his signature in the summer.