Aston Villa sign Bulgaria winger


Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Aleksandar Tonev from Lech Poznan, after the winger completed a medical and agreed terms at Villa’s Broadmoor Heath training ground, Sky Sports reports.

The winger’s career began at CSKA Sofia, where came up through the youth

ranks and made 42 appearances for the senior side, as well as scoring on four occasions.

During his time at Sofia, he was loaned to fellow Bulgarian side, Silven, and made 24 appearances before being recalled to his parent club.

He would move on to Lech Poznan in Poland and make 54 appearances, scoring seven times.

And thus, he now finds himself in Birmingham with Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old had played alongside Stiliyan Petrov for Bulgaria, prior to Petrov being diagnosed with leukaemia and his subsequent retirement, and has made 11 appearances for his national side – finding the back of the net on three occasions.

Although his goalscoring statistics may not seem the best, he does have a fine strike on him with either foot and looks equally as comfortable on both sides. He is capable of using his pace to get in behind defences and is also good enough on the ball to cause defenders problems with his dribbling.

The signing of Tonev is certainly a big signing for Villa – having beat Celtic and Werder Bremen to his signature – and it looks like the Villains will be able to improve on their 15th-place Premier League finish with his acquisition, as well as the possibility of others coming in.

Villa have been linked to Jermain Defoe, Younes Belhanda and Tonev’s fellow Bulgarian, Ivelin Popov, as potential signings to get them back into the top half.


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