'Quality' Clement Lenglet to bring 'proven' experience to Aston Villa but won't stay beyond loan
Clement Lenglet will be a good addition to Aston Villa, but will only come in as “short-term” cover, according to Ty Bracey.
The Frenchman was pictured with sporting director Monchi as he was unveiled as Villa’s latest addition on deadline day (1 September), with him joining from La Liga giants Barcelona on a season-long loan move with no obligation to buy.
He gained Premier League experience last season while on loan to Tottenham with 26 league appearances but struggled to make a genuine impression on the side and has since been deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, but now Unai Emery has the opportunity to utilise him.
While praising Lenglet for his wealth of experience at the top level of the game and in European competition with Barca, Bracey has tipped the 28-year-old to be just a “short-term” addition, suggesting that Lenglet will be unlikely to remain at Villa Park after his loan spell.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey said: “It’s just another short-term cover at the back, but it’s good to have that there and someone who is proven at the highest level and in Europe.
“He’s coming in with a high wage, but you have to pay for quality. I’m happy, it’s one of those things where it’s never a bad thing to have cover.
“I have seen him at Barcelona and it’s not a bad signing at all. It doesn’t always work out for players at Barcelona, but if you’re on their books you’re not going to be a bad player, are you?”
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