Aston Villa have announced the signing of defender Lucas Digne from Everton, our second addition of the January transfer window.
Villa confirmed the arrival of Philippe Coutinho earlier this week, and we’ve wasted little time in securing another reinforcement for Steven Gerrard’s squad.
As per the club’s official site, Digne has officially joined from Everton, although no details regarding his contract have been revealed in the statement.
The 28-year-old enjoyed an impressive stint at Goodison Park, while he also boasts experience of playing for Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Barcelona as well as representing France at major tournaments and earning 43 caps in total.
It’s another important signing for Villa and Gerrard, as Digne is a player that will suit his style of play and the identity that he is trying to implement on his side, with the Frenchman undoubtedly set to add more quality to our attacking play in particular given how influential he was for Everton in that department.
Naturally, he’ll also have to solidify his spot by being defensively sound too, with Matt Targett now facing stiff competition for his place in the Villa XI, as question marks will naturally be raised over his future moving forward with Gerrard bringing in his own signing to address that area of the pitch.
Time will tell who emerges as the starting left-back over an extended period of time, but given the quality, experience and pedigree that Digne brings to the table, it’s an excellent signing from Villa to cap off what has been a busy yet productive week in the transfer market following Coutinho’s arrival.
Both Digne and Coutinho will likely be expected to link up down Villa’s left flank moving forward, with the pair now hopeful of making their debuts at the weekend when we host Man Utd at Villa Park on Saturday evening.
Given Digne’s involvement for Everton in recent weeks, it would be no surprise if he is given an immediate start, while in contrast, Coutinho has lacked playing time in that same period and so he may well have to settle for a place on the bench as both new signings continue to adapt and settle in at Bodymoor Heath this week alongside their new team-mates.
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