Aston Villa Football Club and manager Dean Smith don’t necessarily *need* any additions. But what should the club look for when the January transfer window opens in under three weeks?
Dean Smith admitted recently in an in-depth interview that his plans for the January transfer window will be “minor surgery.”
Given the talent levels across most areas of the pitch, a very large squad, and FFP concerns, this is the correct analysis of the current Aston Villa team. Still, what, if any, plans should be pursued when the right opportunity presents itself?
The defense, once a disaster just a few months ago, has looked better since the coaching change. The introduction of Axel Tuanzebe to centre-back and a resurgent Neil Taylor at left-back fueled Villa to a current unbeaten run of six matches. But, as most would admit, it must get better both in terms of consistency and depth.
And that is where most of this list will take place.
Defense, defense, defense, but Villa should not pass-up value wherever it may be. If that means claiming an attacking player on an expiring contract, go for it. With five current loan players under control, Villa could work out a permanent deal or two if Dean Smith sees a player as a long-term fixture at the club.