On Thursday, Aston Villa announced the signing of 21-year-old Brentford centre-back Ezri Konsa. The former Charlton defender and England youth international has a whopping 133 professional appearances to date.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was able to acquire his coveted fourth centre-back just a few days after the long-awaited return of Tyrone Mings. Brentford’s Ezri Konsa is now a member of the claret and blue after a £12 million move triggered a release clause in his contract.
Villa took to Twitter to announce the signing:
Ezri in his own words:
Despite not turning 22 until October, Ezri Konsa is already a distinguished and experienced central defender. Standing 6’0″, Konsa fills a gap at the right centre-back position after Axel Tuanzebe returned to Manchester United. As it stands, Villa have a promising quartet of central defenders in Mings, Konsa, Kortney Hause, and James Chester. But the club may not be done wheeling and dealing, however, as reports emerge that the club is in talks to acquire Reims’ Björn Engels.
But more on Konsa…
His 133 appearances for Brentford and Charlton mirror the amount some professionals have in their entire careers. Moreover, this does not include accomplishments achieved on the international stage for England youth teams. Konsa was a member of the England side that won the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. He followed that up the next summer with a victorious 2018 Toulon Tournament (an Under-21/Under-23 youth tournament) where England bested Mexico in the final.
At £12 million, this signing seems a worthy move. With furthered defensive depth, Villa have options to move Konsa along slowly as the season progresses, or grant him the starting spot opposite Tyrone Mings immediately. Either way, he should see playing time, even if the club acquires the services of Engels.