Aston Villa were beaten 4-2 by Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend as they fell to a third loss in succession after defeats to Manchester City and Leicester.

However, there were positives to take from the match in spite of the disappointing result and end to the match, and one was the performance of centre-forward Ollie Watkins.

The England international scored a terrific goal, squaring up William Saliba before rocketing a shot past Aaron Ramsdale, and has now found the net in each of his last four appearances.

Prior to the break for the World Cup, the striker had scored twice in 14 Premier League outings and was struggling for form in front of goal. Since the return of club action at Christmas, Watkins has plundered five goals in eight outings, which shows that Unai Emery has been able to get the best out of the marksman.

This has been a trend throughout the Spaniard’s managerial career, as he has worked with a number of elite goalscorers over the years, including the likes of Edinson Cavani, David Villa, Gerard Moreno and Neymar, who all scored more than once every other game for the 51-year-old.

90min recently reported that Villa are considering a swoop to sign Lille striker Jonathan David, and Johan Lange could land the Villans’ head coach his next version of former PSG star Cavani by securing a deal for the Canadian marksman.

The Uruguay international was a prolific scorer for Emery during their time together in Paris, as the dynamo plundered an outstanding 89 goals in 98 appearances under the current Villa boss.

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Lange could now unearth the manager’s next lethal goalscorer from Ligue 1 by signing the Canada international, whose form in France this season suggests that he has the potential to be an excellent signing.

The 23-year-old has scored 15 goals in 23 appearances in the French top flight, after managing 15 in 38 outings last term, and he has hit double figures for goals in each of his last four campaigns for Lille and Gent.

David, who was once dubbed a “phenomenon” by his former coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck, has only scored 86 career goals but has found the net more than 20 times with his left and right foot respectively, which shows that he is adept at finishing with either foot.

Meanwhile, Cavani has scored more than 50 goals with both feet – out of his 367 club career goals – and this suggests that both players are excellent, two-footed finishers.

The Lille forward, who has scored 22 goals in 37 caps for Canada, may not be at the level where he is scoring 89 goals in 98 games like the Uruguayan, but his impressive goalscoring ability at the age of 23 indicates that he has the potential to grow into being a prolific scorer for Emery.

Therefore, the Villa boss could develop and unearth his next Cavani – in the Premier League instead of Ligue 1 – if Lange can strike a deal for the youngster this summer.


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