|Jean Makoun when he played for Lille|
Aston Villa have signed Jean Makoun from Olympique Lyonnais for about 6 million Pounsa. The Cameroon midfielder joins Villa in 19th position, and he should be able to bring some solidity to the midfield. Makoun is a dynamic defensive midfielder, he's seen in front of the defence spreading passes around and offering an extra layer of protection in front of goal.
It's a great signing for Aston Villa. The 27 year-old is a very talented and hardworking player. Makoun won't be diving into two-footed tackles with his studs up, in fact in 17 appearances for Lyon this season, he's only received one yellow card. Villa fans might still be scratching their head, wondering who Makoun exactly is, a special goal of his might help remember him. This was in the Champions League last season, and Lyon were against Real Madrid in the round of 16. Makoun provided a solid defensive performance, and produced this gem of a goal.
While Makoun won't be playing for Aston Villa tomorrow away against Birmingham City, I do believe that the player will have a positive impact once his work permit is sorted out. Aston Villa have only gotten four points out of their last fifteen possible, and this has a lot to do with the large amount of goals the team concedes. Makoun should be able to provide cover for the back four, while also distributing the ball and creating a few chances for him and his teammates.
It's certainly a great signing for Aston Villa, but it could last just until the summer. If Makoun has a great second half of the season with Aston Villa, I could see "bigger" clubs calling his name. Manchester United could use a player like Makoun in their midfield, and Makoun would also be useful to Arsenal. But for now he's an Aston Villa player, and I expect great things from Jean Makoun in the English Premier League.