Aston Villa’s defence will be the talking point of the Championship this season. When they were able to attract Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie, why were they not able to bring in a centre back? Any centre back?
Why let Tommy Elphick go, or even Gary Gardner who can play there? Why leave a Championship promotion push hanging on Mile Jedinak at the back, a great holding midfielder but a clumsy, unorthodox defender?
These are the questions likely to be asked in the Holte End, as well as the Villa boardroom, especially if the promotion challenge doesn’t materialise.
Recently, though, Gary Cahill has been linked with a sensational return to his former club. He left for Bolton in 2008, but finding himself on the fringes of the Chelsea side, he’s now thought to be seeking a move away.
Where would the 61-cap England man fit in at Villa? Here’s our new-look Villa defence with Cahill in place.