We are now a couple of weeks into Dean Smith’s first transfer window at Villa Park and he is starting to leave his stamp on things.
The ex-Brentford boss has had a mixed bag of results since his arrival, but the transfer window represents an opportunity for him to get his own players to the club.
Many say that it takes two or three transfer windows for a manager to have the players he desires for his system, and this month is Smith’s first chance to stamp his style on the club.
As well as signing players, however, Villa will probably look to let go some of their fringe players, to shift some off the wage bill, which is surely quite high.
As the club look to gain a spot in the play-offs, they will get rid of some of the players who don’t often make the squad, to avoid disturbances in terms of team morale.
Here, we look at THREE players we think could realistically leave the club by the end of the January transfer window, due to a lack of game time and also to raise money.
Do you agree, or can you see any other players being axed in the month of January? Let us know in the comments below if so.
When the Tammy Abraham saga was ongoing, striker Scott Hogan may have been quietly hoping the division’s top scorer left the club to seek Premier League football, which would have opened a door for Hogan to get more games.
It wasn’t to be, with Abraham choosing to stay at Villa, so Hogan may leave the club this window, in search of more regular game time.
Henri Lansbury has been one of the biggest flops of recent history at Villa. The 28-year-old midfielder at Nottingham Forest joined the club after excelling for the Reds for a number of seasons, and many expected him to play a huge part in the squad.
It wasn’t to be for Lansbury, and despite fighting back from multiple injury setbacks, his days at Villa Park look to be numbered and we could see him axed this month.
With the arrival of new goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic this month, Mark Bunn has fallen further down the pecking order, and he is likely to seek first team football elsewhere.
Jed Steer will likely fall to the sub-keeper position, with Bunn probably looking to drop down a league in order to find regular action.