By Dr Rajpal Brar

7th Aug, 2023 | 8:16pm

Aston Villa new signing Moussa Diaby fitness analysed over last three seasons by Injury Expert

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Aston Villa have made a shrewd signing by roping in Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, believes Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert has examined the 24-year-old’s availability over the last three seasons and the fact that he’s played over 30 league games in each of them is a good indicator of his fitness levels.

The France international has seldom been unavailable and he appears to be an important first-team signing for Unai Emery.

Speaking about his fitness record, Dr Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News, “Consistent games are absolutely an indicator of a player’s fitness and over the last three seasons, it’s been pretty good for him, making this a shrewd signing.

“On the other hand, it’s also a virtuous cycle – playing in games consistently builds more fitness which allows the player to play in more games.

“That’s why a run of games is always important for players when they’re coming off an absence and the adaption from the Bundesliga to the Premier League would also be something worth keeping a track on.

Diaby is a club-record signing for the Villans and has appeared to make his mark already by shining in their pre-season games.

He’s found the back of the net in both the matches he’s featured in and looks set to have a big impact for Emery in the coming weeks and months.

In his four seasons in Germany, the France international bagged 31 goals and provided 38 assists to cement his name as one of the best young wide players in Europe.

Over the last two seasons, he’s scored 14 and 17 goals and has predominantly played off the right flank so that’s where Villa fans can expect to see him once the campaign begins.

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