Aston Villa endured a miserable campaign last season following their relegation from the Premier League, with manager Steve Bruce’s side limping to a mid-table finish.
The summer proved difficult for Bruce, with the club restricted by Financial Fair Play following a year of big spending the season before, but the former Hull City boss maneuvered efficiently, securing a plethora of top, experienced talent in bargain deals.
The likes of John Terry and Chris Samba were snapped up on free transfers, with Ahmed Elmohamady and Glenn Whelan two of the names to join for nominal fees.
Bruce’s work has bore fruit, with Villa flying-high in fifth position following an excellent run of results.
With a restricted budget in January, Bruce will have to wheel and deal once more if he is to bolster his squad ahead of their promotion push, and could turn to free agency to find the men to fire his side to promotion.
These two free agents could make all the difference at Villa Park in the new year, should they be given the chance to shine…