Trézéguet represents a real talent for Aston Villa, and one that is worth the £15,000,000 asking price set by Kasımpaşa.
Words by Regan Foy | @FindFoy
With images of Egyptian winger Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan training posted on his club, Kasımpaşa’s Twitter page and reports coming out of Egypt that a deal has gone cold, we decided to look at what Aston Villa may be missing out on if they don’t meet the asking price set by his club.
Mahmoud, otherwise known by the moniker of Trézéguet, is an exceptional talent sitting outside of Europe’s top five leagues – currently playing in the Turkish Super Lig. after appearing for a number of clubs in Belgium’s Jupiler League.
Across a number of Europe’s top wing talents under the age of 25 (who also played in 20 or more games last season), including Freiburg’s Janik Haberer, Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old Moussa Diaby, Benfica’s 23-year-old Andrija Živković, Werder Bremen’s 21-year-old Johannes Eggestein and other talents including Diego Lainez, Josip Brekalo, and Jacon Bruun Larsen – Trézéguet stands out for a number of reasons statistically.
His expected goals and expected assist metrics are considerably higher than anybody mentioned above, but this is a poor marker of the player’s quality due to the level of the league that he is playing in.
What is interesting though, is that Trézéguet attempted around 10 dribbles per 90 minutes last season, and successfully pulled of half of them. Let’s compare this to Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi, who attempted just under seven and a half dribbles per game, and came up short with just under half of his dribbles being successful. This is also much higher than Liverpool’s on-loan winger Harry Wilson achieved at Derby County last season. In the entirety of Europe, Trézéguet was the third best dribbler, behinds OGC Nice’s Saint-Maximin and Lionel Messi – beating the likes of Eden Hazard and Jadon Sancho.
He’s also adept at crossing – whilst El Ghazi managed an average of five crosses per 90 minutes, Trézéguet whipped in an average of four. This is also higher than Harry Wilson, who managed an average of one.
Wilson has been touted as being destined for big things due to his British nationality, but statistically, El Ghazi and Trézéguet trump him almost every time.
Trézéguet is a strong passer and made waves with his stats for passes in the final third per 90 minutes last season, as well as his passes forward and the accuracy of said balls.
His play seems to be very much in a similar mould to that of Anwar El Ghazi, but is more confident in what he does. He took more touches in the opposition box and had more shots on goal. Defensively, however, he looks to be one of the worst of those who we compared – which is potentially an issue – as this was something that was picked up about Anwar’s game last season in the Sky Bet Championship.
If Aston Villa are looking for an exceptional winger with an eye for goal, great dribbling ability and the ability to get himself out of trouble – then they’ve already got that in Anwar El Ghazi – but Trézéguet can provide an exceptional option on the opposite flank that can truly set Villa Park alight next season.