Aston Villa will be looking for a fourth victory under Dean Smith on Sunday when they face Birmingham City in the first Second City derby of the Championship season.
Smith has arrived at Villa Park and had an immediate impact, with Villa’s style of play drastically improving.
That’s brought nine points from a possible 15, with Villa looking up the table.
Of course, when any new manager comes in, it takes time for him to find his favoured XI, with Smith still taking a close look at his squad.
It does seem that Smith will use the bulk of the players Steve Bruce favoured, with the same faces still on the fringe at Villa Park.
With that in mind, we identify THREE players who would benefit from a loan move away from the club when the January transfer window comes around…