Aston Villa journalist Matt Maher has given his view on the future of midfielder Douglas Luiz.
The Brazilian has been a near-ever-present in the Aston Villa side since his arrival at the club in 2019, and has been a pretty integral part of the side in both attack and defence, ranking in the top six for Villa last year in terms of tackles, interceptions and blocks per game, whilst also ranking in the top five in terms of average passes and pass success rate last year (all via WhoScored).
Speaking about Luiz on the E&S Villa Podcast, in response to a question by host Luke Hatfield about the defensive midfield position at the club, Maher analysed his performances in recent seasons before discussing what his future looked like when it came to ins and outs at the club:
“Few question marks ever Douglas Luiz as well, because he had a fantastic start to last season – well, fantastic end to the previous season, very good start to last season, and then not a great second half.
“So obviously, he’s staying at Villa now. Man City had the option to buy him back, which I don’t think was ever seriously considered, but there has been suggestions from more than one place, several sources, that perhaps Villa would have been open to perhaps some serious offers for in the summer.
“So we’ll see how that one progresses. Don’t think there’s been all that much interest, so I think he’ll be sticking around.”
TIF Thoughts on Matt Maher’s comments about Douglas Luiz…
Would you be disappointed if Douglas Luiz left Villa this summer?
Given the various toing and froing that has gone on at the club this summer, you certainly can’t rule out any sort of movement at Villa Park in any format. If they needed to sell another player to raise funds for another signing, as the departure of Jack Grealish proves, nobody is really safe when it comes to being on the chopping block.
But it’s positive that Luiz doesn’t yet appear to be one of those names, because as the stats above show, he is an important member of the team in multiple facets of the game, so they would do well do find someone that can replace him.
And having improved his WhoScored rating year on year for the past few seasons running, it will be interesting to see if he can continue to take his game to the next level under Dean Smith as Villa look to fulfil their ambitions going forward.