Aston Villa have a number of players out on loan this season that have the possibility of being recalled at some point in January.
With a couple of problem areas that Dean Smith is likely to address in his first transfer window since being appointed as manager, it remains to be seen if he will look at some of those currently plying their trade elsewhere.
According to a report by the Birmingham Mail, Jed Steer, Tommy Elphick and Aaron Tshibola all have options to end their temporary deals at their respective clubs early and return to Villa Park, whilst Gary Gardner does not.
And, it appears that Tshibola is hopeful that the change of management could see his time with the Villans change for the better.
The midfielder, who is currently on loan at Kilmarnock, stated that he had hoped his performances were being watched and admitted he knew the clause existed.
“I feel I’m playing well. The new manager is in and hopefully the club are watching my games,” as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“I know I’ve got a clause in January if they want me to come back.”
Tshibola has struggled to get going at Aston Villa and has been sent out on a number of loan moves since arriving from Reading in a deal thought to be worth around £5.31million in 2016, per Transfermarkt.
The 23-year-old has started to find his feet at Kilmarnock though, having put in some solid performances and has a goal and assist to his name in his nine Scottish Premiership appearances for the club.
However, it remains to be seen if Smith will recall the DR Congo international, as the midfield options at Villa Park still remain pretty strong and the manager will have other priorities on his mind in January.
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