It’s no secret that Aston Villa need to make some serious changes this January to revive any hope of making it into the Premier League.
Dean Smith has taken over at Aston Villa following their poor start to the season under ex-boss Steve Bruce. Currently sat in the lowly position of 16th in the Championship, which is shocking considering the players Villa have at their disposal, Smith is going to have to pull out all the stops in the next transfer window to get the team back on track.
Smith is well known for his frugal transfer deals and ability to unearth hidden talents, such as Ollie Watkins, who he signed for his former club Brentford. Indeed, this approach to the market is ideal given Villa’s recent financial scare in which they found themselves drifting dangerously close to administration (see: The Telegraph).
Given their current position in the league, Smith is going to need to call upon his best negotiation skills to bring in players to turn the clubs season around. Here are two that could well do the trick…
The English centre-back has recently revealed that he’s considering bringing his Chelsea career to an end after falling down the pecking order for his position.
Cahill, 32, would be a real statement of intent if Aston Villa manage to bring him in. He would bring stability to a defensive lineup that has already leaked 22 goals in the league using invaluable experience he has gained at the highest level of English, European and international football.
John Terry’s relationship with Cahill would be key in making this move happen in January.
English full-back Matt Penney has got a few heads turning following a very decent run of performances for current club Sheffield Wednesday. Aston Villa are one of those interested parties, according to Football Insider.
At left-back, the signing of Penney would address one of the weakest positions in the team which is currently occupied by Neil Taylor.
Sheffield Wednesday, who are clearly very aware of the situation, and his talent, are currently lining up a new contract in a bid to keep him at the club.
The players’ decision will, naturally, come down to who he believes will be hitting the Premier League first. Wednesday have a history of bottling their chances in the playoffs, and they hardly look like a team who will be challenging for them this year; however, Villa aren’t fairing much better, so this could be an interesting one…