Aston Villa have been told that a permanent move for Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe could be a “brilliant move” amid fresh speculation the defender is open to staying at the club.
Tuanzebe signed a season-long loan deal in the summer as part of Villa’s impressive recruitment drive in what is his third loan spell at the club.
And this week fresh reports claimed that the centre-back would be open to making the move permanent as he looks to gain regular first-team football.
The defender has made four appearances so far for Villa this season and former Villa boss Alex McLeish told Football Insider that his versatility makes him a valuable asset.
“He came as a full-back because the centre backs are entrenched in there,” said McLeish.
“I know they have the full-back position sorted as well but he seems to be a very versatile player as well.
“The fact he can be in a squad as strong as that is a reason to be proud and it should give him the mental strength to challenge for a permanent position.
“Sometimes that versatility can be a problem for a player, therefore you are seen as a man of many positions.
“It blights the consistency of your career. He’s a good athlete and he is part of a really good squad. It could be a brilliant move.”
United legend Gary Pallister believes the defender is at a crossroads in his career having failed to force his way into the United first team on a regular basis.
And he feels that Tuanzebe will struggle to figure under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer purely because of the quality that he has at his disposal.
“The quality is so good at Manchester United that it’s difficult and it’ll be down to him whether he thinks he can get near the first team.
“There’s Lindelof and Bailly in the background, Phil Jones is still there, so he may feel as if he needs to go elsewhere.
“It’s difficult because he needs a run of games to prove he’s good enough for the first team and at this minute in time he’ll struggle to get the opportunity.
“In terms of his quality, I don’t think that would be an issue for him.”