Video evidence: Roberto Canella (Aston Villa)

A report in the Daily Mirror this morning claims that Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill is tracking Sporting de Gijon left back, 20-year-old Roberto Canella.

Having come through the youth system at Gijon, Canella is known for his pace and his attacking instincts down the left hand side. And having secured his place in the side following his debut back in 2006, Canella has since also gone on to develop his game on the international stage, having represented Spain at both Under-19 and Under-21 level.

The 5.9ft left-sided defender, who can also play in midfield, however is far from the finished product. Nicknamed “El pipiolo” or “the rookie,” Canella may have started his journey to a blossoming career, but he needs to gain more experience and improve his physical condition. But with that being said, scouts in Spain claim that he has a brilliant future ahead of him.

From Villa’s point of view, interest in Canella has grown at a time when rumours suggest that Nicky Shorey is set leave Villa Park. Reports have also claimed that the Midlands’ club have already had their scouts view the 20-year-old’s development, and a bid may soon be in the offing.

Video evidence of Roberto Canella can be seen here.