Aston Villa are far from where they want to be at this stage in the season as they sit in 10th position, five points off the play-off places.
It hasn’t been the start to life Dean Smith would have dreamt of but the good thing with the Championship, in this case, is the amount of games still left to play.
Villa have 20 games to make up for their recent woes, bringing the best out of everyone to ensure they finally return to the Premier League.
Not only improving their current options but utilising new ones would be a good decision for Aston Villa to make.
A midfielder who could add great quality to Villa’s team is Everton’s James McCarthy – a player valued at £6.3 million on Transfermarkt.
The 28-year-old has recently completed his official comeback from injury, with his double leg fracture keeping him out for almost a whole year.
With all that time on the sideline, James McCarthy has drastically fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park, as the likes of Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies have all gone ahead in Marco Silva’s mind.
That seems to be leaving James McCarthy with little choice – his best move this window will seemingly be to go out on-loan.
If the Ireland international could race back to full fitness and get some regular game-time under his belt with a team like Aston Villa, not only could he benefit largely from that loan spell but Villa could be better promotion candidates with him in the side.
As a keen defensive midfielder, James McCarthy would guarantee hard-work, tough tackling and a good box-to-box option for Villa, making him someone very appealing for the club surely.
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