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Morgan Sanson: The Forgotten Man

Morgan Sanson. A name we didn’t see on the team sheet since his unfortunate injury picked up after the 3-1 defeat of Fulham in early April.

Sanson was signed by Villa in the January transfer window from Olympique Marseille for £15 million. The 26 year old central midfielder has certainly had a history in his former respective French league. After what felt like an endless run of mid-table finishes for Montpellier Herault (former club before joining Marseille) Sanson was eventually sold to Rudi Garcia’s Marseille in the region of €12 million. Morgan helped Marseille qualify for Europa League and not long after, the club announced the signing of Patrice Evra. The well-known Patrice Evra incident with a fan happened whilst Sanson was on the pitch. As we know, Patrice didn’t see the rest of the game out. In the 19/20 season, Sanson made 30 appearances across all competitions for his side scoring 5 goals and 5 assists. Before joining in January, he managed two goals and three assists in 19 appearances.

The rest is history. Sanson had only made the occasional substitute in the later stages of games last season, and started only three times. With the unfortunate injury set-back, we hadn’t seen enough of his quality. He hadn’t started enough times to make his adjustments to the Premier League as we should remember he only joined in January and even by the end of the season there was little to nothing to see of him in training either.

What does he offer? He is a creative midfielder, who is a good distributor and someone who wins tackles, infamously seen at his time at Marseille. He is quite the similar player to Douglas Luiz. His finishing ability, long shots, interceptions and defensive contributors are something that are known strengths of his. He's also a known dribbler of the ball, he is a player that likes to take responisbility and win fouls, in my opinion, it is important to have as many players like this as possible in the squad - This then decreases the burden placed on Jack Grealish's shoulders, obviousuly, Sanson is a completely different player to the likes of Jack but a player dribbling from the centre of midfield with late bursts into the box could be of great use next season

Where does he fit in next season? That is all dependant on anymore signings that we intend on making this transfer window. If another creative midfielder was brought in, it would certainly put a toll on the midfield pecking order. A rotation of Sanson, McGinn, Luiz and Ramsey is all at Dean Smith’s disposal. The plans are unclear for Sanson as of now but we certainly should expect to see a lot more of him in the upcoming 20/21 season.

Sanson got given an extra week off for Pre-Season to help nurse his knee injury, he continued his own progression out in Crete and then France over the Summer period and I am sure fans will be excited to see him next week when Villa face Walsall.

@DougEllisStand | Edited by The AVFC Faithful

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