Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson is yet to make his mark with Dean Smith’s side following his £16million (YEP) move to Villa Park in the January transfer window. But the French midfielder, who came on against Leeds on Saturday, has admitted that he was the subject of a bid from the Yorkshire side back in the summer – as Marcelo Bielsa tried to raid his old team.
Sanson, 26, joined Villa from Marseille after emerging as one of the Ligue 1 side’s best midfield talents for some years. Clocking up more than 150 league and cup appearances, he produced almost 50 goals involvements – scoring 22 and creating 25. Despite that, he has since managed just four substitute Premier League appearances with Villa.
It could have been very different for Sanson. Speaking to French TV station Canal+ over the weekend – as per the Yorkshire Evening Post – he admitted that Bielsa and Leeds tried to raid the Argentine’s old club Marseille for Sanson – but at the time, he felt as though a move would have been the wrong decision, especially with Marseille set to embark on the Champions League group stage.
Since then, he has joined Villa: “Since I was little I have always had a special affection for this championship (the Premier League). Aston Villa are a big club in England, but it could have been another club the summer before. There was Leeds who were very interested, but I felt that was not the time.“
Right now, he would be ideal. Leeds need a midfielder that can cover the injured Rodrigo in attacking midfield, and one that can offer competition to Poland international Mateusz Klich. The former Wolfsburg man is capable of goals and assists from midfield – and that is just what Sanson provides, a playmaker in the final third but hard-working in defence.
At £16million, Sanson would have been the ideal addition for Leeds last summer. However, the Whites will have to look elsewhere come the summer – with Rodrigo De Paul, Erick Pulgar, Teun Koopmeiners and plenty more supposedly on the club’s shortlists.