After their impressive 3-0 away win at promotion rivals Middlesbrough last week, Aston Villa will be looking to make it five wins in six games against West Bromwich Albion on Friday night.
It’s now five wins in eight games for Dean Smith as Villa manager, and the West Midlands side look a revitalised unit under the former Brentford boss, and promotion is well in their sights once again.
One major problem that Villa still have is their defensive issues – they may have kept a clean sheet against Boro, but they have conceded seven goals in their last two home games, and have now shipped 30 goals in the league this term, only five teams have conceded more.
Smith has tried to address this issue before the January transfer window, after reportedly agreeing a deal to sign former West Ham United defender James Collins.
This signing may be short-term, but what about the long-term? Here, we take a look at three defensive options Aston Villa must look at in January…