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Unai Emery could hardly have been more explicit. Asked on January 6 about his aims for the transfer window, the Aston Villa boss replied: ‘We need a winger, a specific winger. We need it and we are trying to find one.’
Emery’s top target was Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams, who rejected the move even though Villa were ready to trigger his £50million release clause.
Emery opted not to chase Arnaut Danjuma, even though the attacker had shone under him at Villarreal, and in the end Villa brought back Bertrand Traore from his loan spell in Turkey.
Yet as he watched Leicester debutant Tete dance across Villa Park in a thrilling display of old-fashioned wing play, Emery must have wondered whether the answer had been right under his nose.
It is thought Villa never pursued the Brazilian because Emery was looking for a more physically imposing player — Williams is just below 6ft while Tete is 5ft 8in — and favoured a permanent signing.
Leicester winger showed Unai Emery what he is missing with a thrilling display as Villa Park
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