A battle royale over Tottenham enforcer Etienne Capoue is well underway in the Premier League’s lower echelons, with Leicester the latest club to skip the rope and enter the ring.
West Brom and Crystal Palace are already scrapping for the Frenchman’s services, though Aston Villa, whose desperately poor showing at Arsenal last time out epitomised their need for some rigidity in midfield, lead the betting to be the Spurs outcasts’ employers from tomorrow onwards.
The Villans, who are looking for a loan move, are 2/1 to sign him before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Capoue has found himself on the fringes of the Lilywhites first-team since joining the club from Toulouse, where he established himself as a solid box-to-box runner.
His final campaign in Ligue 1 saw him bag seven goals and assist three, but the 26-year-old has been unable to provide a single one of either in one-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League.
Capoue’s attacking input throughout his final term in Toulouse was complimented by stellar defensive statistics too, with an average tackles per game of 2.4 recorded and maintained throughout his career.
Villa’s midfield boasts one of the finest English all-action midfield exponents in Fabian Delph, but his prolonged spells on the sidelines have left the west Midlanders lacking energy in this department, which has been a key factor in their recent plight.
Adding the Frenchman would help negate this problem and this is why Paul Lambert’s men must beat Leicester and the rest in the Capoue skirmish for the sake of their survival hopes.