Aston Villa’s switch enterprise has been rightly praised to excessive heaven over the previous few years, however among the best offers they’ve accomplished might be tying centre-back Ezri Konsa all the way down to a brand new contract.
The 23-year-old, whose earlier deal had simply two years left to run, has been one of many Premier League’s prime defenders this season, and the truth that Villa boast the third-best defensive report within the division will be largely attributed to Konsa’s kind.
Liverpool and Tottenham have been being attentive to Konsa’s kind in latest months, and together with his deal slowly winding down, their curiosity would undoubtedly have scared Villa’s prime brass. However the membership have now accomplished away with the rumours by confirming on their official web site that Konsa is now underneath contract till 2026.
For Villa, it means they’ve preserved his huge worth, which deserves to be greater than it at present is. As soon as he picks up his long-deserved first England cap, Villa can add one other zero to the value tag.
So far as English centre-backs go, Konsa has been among the many finest in England this season. There is not any denying that Manchester duo John Stones and Harry Maguire deserve their spots in Gareth Southgate’s setup, however behind them, it looks as if a straight shootout.
Throughout this worldwide break, it was Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings who received the nod alongside Wolves’ Conor Coady. Utility man Eric Dier was additionally there, however that is certainly as a result of he is snug in midfield too and never as a result of Southgate really believes he is among the best English defenders round.
It is the inclusion of Mings which raised a number of eyebrows, not as a result of the towering defender is not worthy of a spot, however quite as a result of it means Southgate has been watching Villa carefully and has one way or the other determined that Konsa is not prepared.
Konsa presents one thing completely different to loads of England’s present crop of defenders. He is composed and prefers to bide his time on the again, permitting him to choose his spots and win tackles at a fee greater than every other English centre-back round.
Working with Chelsea hero John Terry has clearly labored wonders for Konsa, who’s on a fast trajectory in direction of changing into among the best English centre-backs round, and there is an argument to recommend he is already there.
Importantly for Dean Smith, Konsa will develop into that star at Villa Park. There aren’t any worries about his future anymore, and even when the large boys do come calling, the truth that he is tied down for an additional 5 years means they will extract each penny out of a possible suitor.
Having fought off curiosity in talisman Jack Grealish final summer time, Villa are sending a robust sign to the remainder of the Premier League. No extra they are going to be seen as minnows who can develop stars for different groups.
They imply enterprise as of late, and so they’re solely going to get stronger.
For extra from Tom Gott, comply with him on Twitter!