Sky Sports journalist reacts as Aston Villa twist emerges as Tottenham are about to sign Manor Solomon
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Soon-to-be Tottenham signing Manor Solomon would have been low on Aston Villa’s list of winger targets this summer, according to Dan Bardell.
After a good loan spell at Fulham last season from Shakhtar Donetsk which saw him earn four Premier League goals, Tottenham look set to seal the 23-year-old [Fabrizio Romano] despite reports of the Israeli international joining Villa [Sport 5].
Solomon enjoyed his first season in the Premier League, but was not able to secure consistent first-team football under Marco Silva, but showed enough potential and skill for Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou to sign him up.
Bardell, however, claims that Solomon would have been unlikely to make the transfer to Villa Park as he is not consistent or proven enough yet for Emery’s side.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bardell said: “Just because a club holds an interest in a player, it could mean absolutely nothing. Solomon could have been on a list of fifteen wingers. I don’t think there was ever any concrete interest in him.
“On Villa’s list of attacking players, he would be quite a long way down. I don’t think he will go to Spurs and play, he wasn’t really first-choice at Fulham. He made an impact in certain games and scored a couple of nice goals, but he didn’t show it on a consistent basis in a good Fulham team.
“He didn’t show that he was a Premier League-ready player that’s consistent enough to play every week. Villa have already got those inconsistent wide players.
“If Villa are going to sign someone in that position, and they will, you want it to be a step up from what they’ve already got. I don’t think he would have been enough of a step up. Is he offering any more than Leon Bailey or Bertrand Traoré? I’d say probably not.
“Villa will want someone who’s a bit more of a sure thing than Solomon. He may have been on a list but I don’t think there would have ever been a real interest or a bid from Villa. I’d be interested to see where he fits in at Tottenham because I can’t see it.”