No one said it would be easy in the Championship this season and if any side has learnt the hard way, it’s been Aston Villa.
One of the relegated sides from the Premier League last season, Villa have invested extremely heavily as they look to bounce straight back into the top flight but it’s not all gone their way so far.
Whilst they comfortably dispatched a pretty poor Rotherham side in their first home game of the season, Villa have failed to win otherwise, drawing twice and losing on three occasions.
Their latest defeat came against an ambitious Bristol City side, who, with their ground development now completed, look capable of upsetting even the biggest in the division.
Villa’s second-half capitulation and their inability to dispatch their chances are beginning to show some lingering signs of last season’s failures and Di Matteo really needs to iron out the flaws as soon as possible.
After the game at Ashton Gate, some Villa fans have called on Di Matteo to push the boat out even further and bring in some big names as the transfer window nears its end.
But who should they sign? FootballLeagueWorld writer Hayden Atkins takes us through THREE potential targets Villa should bring in before tomorrow’s 11:30pm deadline…