Aston Villa secured another season of Premier League football this Easter after an incredibly impressive campaign in the England’s top flight. Spending on much needed positions in the summer, Dean Smith’s side have managed to finish 11th in a league where there is undeniable quality.
Wanting to secure their long-term future in the league, Villa will be looking to sign players for the future to enhance their longevity – and there have been various links to a certain Celtic youngster who has shone highly this season – David Turnbull.
Turnbull signed from Motherwell for £3m just eleven months ago, and has clearly caught the eye at Celtic Park this season – winning the PFA Young Player of the Year, alongside the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at the Celtic annual awards also. His contribution of 8 assists and 10 goals has been a shining light in a largely underwhelming season at the club, with Scotland’s Steve Clarke further adding him to the Euro 2021 squad for this summers tournament.
His stock has risen, incurring the interest of Villa, who bizarrely believe that he is worth £7m. With three years left on his contract – and having won multiple individual awards along the way – that is a derisory bid for a player who has continued to excel in his career, even under the poor management of Neil Lennon. They feel that the deal would represent similar value for money as when they signed John McGinn from Hibs – although McGinn is most definitely worth in the region of £30m now; something which Turnbull would undoubtedly go on to improve.
Adding to the fuel, Danny Mills spoke to Football Insider about the topic; in which he said: “Definitely. Good managers won’t buy players off the back of a good European Championships, or they shouldn’t do.”