Enjoying revitalised form under the guidance of Steve Bruce, Aston Villa sit just six points behind the play-offs and could find themselves on the brink of a position in the top-six come the New Year, if the final two matches of 2016 go their way.
Last year’s relegated Premier League outfit have the talent within their ranks to compete for an immediate return to the top-flight and that will remain as Villa’s objective for the remainder of the campaign.
However, as they’re part of a competitive chasing pack, they may need January signings to set themselves apart.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of options for Bruce to assess before the window opens in just a few weeks time and we’ve identified two players here who should definitely be on the shopping list of the former Hull City boss.
Should they secure these two signings next month, you’d certainly back Villa amongst the favourites to achieve promotion.