Former Aston Villa manager Frank Avennie believes Calvin Bassey is not good enough to play in the Premier League, reports Completesports.com.
Bassey has been linked with a move to Aston Villa following a superlative campaign for Scottish Premiership outfit Glasgow Rangers.
Rangers are also looking to sell the versatile defender for around £25m.
Aside Aston Villa, there are also a number of Premier League clubs interested in Bassey.
McAvennie however insists that the 22-year-old is not ready to play in the English top-flight and will get ripped apart by attackers.
“Can he go in and play in the Premier League right now? No,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
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“I don’t think he (Bassey) is good enough for the Premier League. If Gerrard is buying him, it’s because he has done a job in Scotland.
“England is a whole different game. He’s muscle-bound but if he comes up against someone like Jack Grealish he will get ripped apart.
“I’m sorry to say Bassey but that’s the truth. Another year up with Rangers and maybe he might be ready.
“At this moment in time, the brutal truth is he’s good enough.”
Bassey has impressed since joining the Gers on a free transfer from Leicester City in June 2020.
The Nigerian international made 50 appearances in all competitions for Rangers during the 2021-22 season. He provided six assists with no goal to his name.
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