For the first time in this transfer window, Aston Villa have delved into the market and brought a midfielder, Morgan Sanson from Marseille, joining after weeks of speculation
So far this season the Frenchman has made 12 appearances, scoring 2 and assisting three. Formally of Montpellier, Sanson is competent at both central midfield and attacking midfield, which will provide excellent depth to Dean Smith's squad.
Sanson is a steady performer with his goals and assists being very similar for many years. Last season he was involved in nine goals in 27 games which is a good return for a player in his position. In his best season he assisted 14 goals and scored four which is one of the main reasons Marseille brought him to the Stade Velodrome.
He is exactly the sort of player that is going to improve Villa in the long term, at 26 years old he is approaching his peak years and as a result will be ideal competition for other midfielders in the Villa squad including John McGinn, Ross Barkley and Douglas Luiz.
He is very versatile, with the ability to play in the middle of the park, push forward or drop deeper and with the loss of Conor Hourihane on loan to Swansea City, he fits the profile of player the Villa hierarchy would have been looking to recruit.
In a deal that will cost around £14 million, he is a cut price compared to what many would expect. In comparison, in 2019, Wolves had a verbal offer accepted by Marseille of £36 million showing just how much of a bargain deal this could prove to be by Johan Lange and Smith.
An injection of energy, goals and assists from midfield is what he will want to provide and all Villa fans are confident that he will be able to deliver in claret and blue.