Douglas Luiz: The In-demand Midfielder

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Douglas Luiz came through the youth ranks of Vasco Da Gama and has emerged as a potential transfer target as teams are looking to rejuvenate their midfield. Tyrone Mings for 20m, Ollie Watkins for 30m
Since 2019, Aston Villa has demonstrated on multiple occasions that they’re no strangers when it comes to spending money.
One transfer that slightly went unnoticed is of Douglas Luiz from Man CIty for just 15m. The Olympic gold medalist was linked with a move away from the Premier League.
The move didn’t happen and fell off in the initial stages as per reports. However, for Douglas Luiz, it seems like the odds are stacked against him. With 1.1 shots p/g which is an improvement from 0.8 last season has led him to win 1.3 aerial duels.
From a subsequent increase in pass % every season to reaching an impressive 86.3%.

Douglas Luiz has been struggling for game time under Gerrard with just 20 starts in all competitions.
The lack of game time doesn’t indicate the quality of the player.
Back in 2019 Market value of Douglas Luiz was just 9m and by December 2021 Luiz was worth 31.5m player.
The tremendous growth of the player is visible and with more game time things could’ve been different.
As Gerrard is aiming for a major squad overhaul, selling Luiz will fetch him a good profit.
Looking at the potential of the player and he’s just 23 it’s better to retain him in the squad.

Admirers of Douglas Luiz

His time at Villa Park- has drawn him closer to his admirers who’re closely monitoring the situation.
It just might be a little late for Villa as Jose Mourinho wants Douglas Luiz in Roma for next season.
Mourinho needs to reinforce his midfield which hasn’t lived up to expectations.

Mourinho in the chase is joined by Arteta who’s looking for midfield reinforcement to beat out the inconsistency.
Arteta is looking for an all-around partner for Thomas Partey.
Last summer Arteta signed Lokonga and gave Xhaka a new contract to strengthen the midfield.
The inconsistency and Xhaka again being linked with Roma are the main reason why Arteta will be looking for a midfielder this summer.

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