£75k-a-week star could replace Kamara at Villa Park

Aston Villa’s decision to sign Leander Dendocker from Wolverhampton Wanderers has “proven to be a smart deal”, according to the BirminghamLive reporter. Ashley Preece.

Also signed in the summer, Boubacar Kamara could be on the sidelines for a while through injury, meaning the 27-year-old could have an opportunity to impress in the coming weeks.

What is the latest news regarding Villa?

Villa confirmed that Kamara, who arrived on a free transfer from Marseille in May, last time out injured her knee ligaments in the 1-0 win against Southampton.

Subsequent reports have claimed that the France international is set to be on the treatment table for two months, which will rule him out of the upcoming World Cup.

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The 22-year-old has started in all seven of Villa’s Premier League games so far and has settled into his new surroundings in an impressive manner and manager Steven Gerrard faces a difficult task replacing his contribution.

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However, he may already have a ready-made replacement in his ranks, having nabbed Dendoncker for around £13million on transfer deadline day.

The Belgium international had entered the final year of his £75,000-a-week contract at Molineux and was desperate for new pastures after slipping down the pecking order under Bruno Lage.

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What did Preece say about Dendoncker?

Preece has informed GiveMeSport that he thinks the loss of Kamara via Diego Carlos is a huge blow to Villa but Dendoncker is an equal replacement.

He said: “To Losing him as early as they did with Diego Carlos is quite a slap in the face. So you need people who can move up and that’s what they addressed in the summer on deadline.

“Dendoncker is a like-for-like, I think, so that’s a pretty smart deal. It has proven to be smart business if Kamara were to be out for a long period of time.”

When could Dendoncker make his debut?

Villa travel to West Yorkshire on Sunday 2 October to face Leeds United after the current international break has ended.

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The trip to Elland Road could prove difficult for Gerrard’s charges, however, as the hosts are unbeaten in their four home games in all competitions this season.

Still, Leeds lost 5-2 at Brentford last time out and haven’t won in three games, potentially giving Villa an opportunity for a positive result.

Dendoncker will certainly be hoping to play a role against Leeds after making his Villa debut as a substitute against Southampton.

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