Danny Mills wouldn’t rule out Arsenal attacker Eddie Nketiah being able to succeed at Aston Villa if he joins Dean Smith’s side.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United defender admitted that it didn’t work out for Nketiah on loan at Elland Road this season for one reason or another.
Mills suggested that Dean Smith would have to earn his money when it comes to Nketiah as he will need to instil confidence back int the attacker.
However, the ex-defender admitted that every other manager looking to buy players in January would likely have a similar job on their hands with whomever they sign.
When asked about Aston Villa’s pursuit of Nketiah, Mills told Football Insider: “Well he’s clearly a talent and everybody can see that.
“But for some reason, it didn’t happen for him at Leeds and Bielsa decided he wasn’t showing enough in games, he wasn’t showing enough in training and that’s all it is.
“If every single manager likes the same type of player or the same type of character, then it’ll be a very boring game.
“It’ll be very dull and everyone would play the same, results would be predictable week in week out.
“The game is all about opinions, and this is where a manager earns his money, by perhaps taking a player it hasn’t worked out for and giving them confidence and turning their career around.
“And in January, that’s what all managers are looking to do.”
Nketiah returned to Arsenal recently after struggling to nail down a first-team spot in Marcelo Bielsa’s side while on loan with Leeds in the Championship.
The 20-year-old managed to score five goals and register one assist while with Leeds despite never completely ousting Patrick Bamford from their starting line-up.
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