Ben Mee is on the radar of Aston Villa, according to reports from The Mirror. The defender has been at Burnley now for a decade. He joined them from Manchester City in 2011 on loan, before making the deal permanent a year later. He has been a stalwart at Turf Moor over the years, captaining them in the Premier League under Sean Dyche. However, with the northern club’s relegation to the EFL Championship this season, he would be looking for a move elsewhere.
Aston Villa are said to be interested. The Birmingham club are making moves this summer, having already secured the signing of Sevilla’s Diego Carlos. Manager Steven Gerrard is looking to bolster his options, with Sveve Botman also on the list. Mee provides experience and aggression over the Dutchman, who seems to be more on the slower side.
The defender missed out on a crucial chunk of the campaign. He suffered a hairline fracture that kept him on the sidelines for the final two months of the season. After the sacking of long time manager Sean Dyche, Mee joined interim manager Mike Jackson’s coaching staff to provide tactical nous. But unfortunately, the Clarets bowed down on the final day and joined Watford and Norwich in the Championship.
Mee To Villa: An Awkward Combination?
Ben Mee may be a talented defender, but he may not be the most liked among the Villa Park faithful. The Englishman was involved in a rash scissor-kick tackle on Villa forward Wesley in January 2020. The Brazilian suffered serious damage to his knee, which kept him out for more than a year. It will certainly take some doing for Mee to redeem himself in Birmingham.
In all, Mee’s signing can be a shrewd one for the Villains. He isn’t a glamorous name, but can certainly be a player who has experience. Moreover, he is a perfect player for rotation, which would ensure overall team fitness.
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