Following a disappointing mid-table finish last semester, Aston Villa look prepared to challenge for a place in the top-six this season, with Steve Bruce’s men prime candidates to appear in the end of season playoffs.
The former Hull City boss strengthened well in the summer on a limited budget, bringing in a plethora of experienced players to bolster a squad littered with youthful prodigies, and it appears Bruce has found the right balance in the West Midlands this term.
Injuries have rocked the side in recent weeks however, and the loss of influential striker Jonathan Kodjia to ankle surgery will have come as a big blow to the club.
Lewis Grabban has been linked as a potential replacement, but with Bournemouth sure to demand a sizeable fee for the Sunderland loanee, Bruce may have to look elsewhere for his new man.
With that in mind, this pair could be targeted instead…