By Peter Lynch

1st Nov, 2023 | 4:10pm

Diego Carlos exit at Aston Villa on the cards, Unai Emery does not need him at Villa Park

Aston Villa are flying high under talented manager Unai Emery, with the boss completely transforming the Midlands club.

They currently occupy fifth position in the Premier League standings, with seven victories from their 10 matches so far.

The man in the dugout has assembled a very talented squad, but there are a number of players who the Spaniard didn’t bring to Villa Park.

One such player is central defender Diego Carlos, who arrived last summer under then-manager Steven Gerrard. As per Sky Sports (2 June 2022), Villa paid £26million to bring the centre-back to England from Sevilla.

A very unfortunate Achilles tendon injury cut his debut campaign short, with the Brazilian making just three appearances last time out.

He has, however, since recovered, and is now back on the pitch, with 10 appearances to his name in all competitions this season.

But not many minutes have arrived in the Premier League, with Carlos preferred in the Europa Conference League. And while he represents a great option in that competition, the player may not want to hold such a reserve role for much longer.

Carlos has been handed 90 minutes just twice in the Premier League this season, most recently in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last month.

In that game, he didn’t win any of his three duels, was dribbled past twice, and lost possession of the ball six times, as per Sofascore.

In contrast, fellow centre-backs Ezri Konsa and Pau Torres impressed in that match, with the former making three clearances and one key pass, while the latter also made a key pass, won his only aerial duel, and even scored his club’s only goal [Sofascore].

Emery really should cut his losses and move Carlos on in January, with Konsa, Torres, Tyrone Mings and even Calum Chambers still available to the boss if the Brazilian does exit Villa Park.

In other Aston Villa news, the Villa players have been rated out of 10 for their performances from the 3-1 win against Luton Town on Sunday (29 October).