It’s not since the good old days of the mid-to-late 90s, that Aston Villa FC were regular European competitors and a force in the Premier League. That is where Aston Villa currently find themselves again. Sitting sixth in the table with a game in hand, and only three points from third place, they find themselves in a most enjoyable position a solid Aston Villa 2021 year.
What Would a Solid Aston Villa 2021 Transfer Window Look Like?
Still, the club are looking suspect in certain areas. Three days into the current transfer window, there are areas that Dean Smith will need to strengthen to maintain their current top-10 position and make a push at Europe.
Some Aston Villa FC fans will remember the days of Steve Staunton, Alan Wright and most recently fan-favourite Wilfred Bouma. Unfortunately, it’s going back to these days since Villa last had a regular, reliable left back to shut down the flanks. Matt Targett has improved drastically coinciding with the attacking play for which Aston Villa has been impressing, but he has looked suspect in the key area of defence. With the main back-up being Neil Taylor whose best days are behind him, this is an area that is for a certain room for improving.
The club need to go out there and defend, shut down the opposition attack. With a depth of talent at the top end of the field, leave those guys to do what they do best. Matty Cash has been a revelation since signing from Nottingham Forest in the summer and has quickly emerged as a fan favourite. While he is happy to link with the attack he has been focused on shutting down the plays and preserving the ever-important clean sheet.
Aston Villa fans may remember a young Enda Stevens, where he made just 7 appearances between 2012 and 2015. Since then, after several loan moves, he made Sheffield United his home. He is a completely better player for it. Comfortable on the ball, a tireless worker off the ball, Stevens has what Aston Villa are currently lacking. With Sheffield United favourites for relegation this season, a January move for the left back would possibly be a good move for both clubs. Aston Villa would get the left back they need. Sheffield get the money they may well be in need of to bounce back from the Championship.
This position is currently a very weak spot for Aston Villa. Outside of the impressive Ollie Watkins, their only current squad member as a striker who is fully fit is Keinen Davis. Wesley has returned from a leg injury that has sidelined him for over a year– even then, what player will Wesley be when he had only just started to find his feet before being cruel sidelined. And with such an injury, how much impact will it have on his confidence. Ollie Watkins needs support. His hold-up play has been immense but too much reliance has been put on the midfielders to get the goals.
The Kosovo winger from Werder Bremen would be the perfect partner for Watkins. He has been linked since the summer and seems set for the exit door. The opportunity of playing in the Premier League and possibly in Europe next season could be the deciding factor for Milot Rashica. As said, Watkins’ hold-up and link-up play, is prime suited for a player like Rashica to shine. He has just returned from a one-month injury layoff but is said to be ready to play by the end of January. If Aston Villa can get Rashica for a good deal, then this is a match made in heaven.
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