Aston Villa are firmly in the mix for a playoff finish, but have a long way to go before a place in the end of season shoot-out is confirmed.
Manager Steve Bruce’s side have been in solid form this term, and enjoyed a wonderful run of results through November before wins began to dry up in the past few weeks, with the former Manchester United captain keen to ensure his side return to good form in the new year.
The club have been unlucky this year with injuries, with a number of key personnel ruled out for extended spells.
Jonathan Kodjia is out for the season, and defender John Terry is recovering from a broken metatarsal, but should return in the new year.
Bruce will know that new faces are needed when the January transfer window opens for business, but will be restricted to loan moves and free transfers in order to comply with stringent Financial Fair Play rules.
With that in mind, Bruce must target this pair…