Aston Villa fans will be overjoyed after the Villains secured a memorable 3-0 victory away to Derby County at the weekend.
Yannick Bolasie picked out John McGinn who opened the scoring in the 74th minute before Tammy Abraham doubled their advantage just four minutes later. Conor Hourihane made sure of the victory six minutes from time with a wonderful free-kick to secure Villa’s first away win since the opening day of the season. The result leaves Villa firmly in mid-table, four points behind the Rams in the play-off places.
Villa ended Derby’s six-game unbeaten run, and their performance will undoubtedly please Dean Smith. The former Brentford boss will have his first opportunity to strengthen his squad when the transfer window reopens in January and should be on the lookout for recruits to give his side a welcome boost in the New Year.
One man who he should consider signing is Liverpool outcast – Dominic Solanke. Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, the former England international joined the Reds on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer. Solanke enjoyed a bit-part role under Jurgen Klopp but ended the season with just one Premier League goal. The 21-year-old has since slipped beneath Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the pecking order at Anfield and reports suggest Klopp could authorise a loan move in the January transfer window.
The youngster would give Smith another quality option in the attack and allow him to rotate his forwards during the hectic festive period. A tall, powerful forward, Solanke would have no issues adapting to the physicality of the Championship and will be desperate to impress and prove himself to Klopp.
This move would benefit both parties and Villa should make Solanke their priority in January.
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