Aston Villa were left empty-handed as an injury-time goal from Kemar Roofe secured a thrilling win for Leeds United at the weekend.
The Villans got off to a dream start against the Whites with Tammy Abraham opening the scoring after just five minutes before Conor Hourihane doubled their advantage before the 20-minute mark. However, Leeds were level only five minutes after the interval with goals from Jack Clarke and Pontus Jansson. Deep into injury time, top scorer Roofe found the back of the net to secure all three points for the visitors.
The result means Villa have now conceded 22 goals in just 12 home game this season – the worst home defensive record in the Championship. Luckily for Dean Smith, the January transfer window is just around the corner. Reports suggest the former Brentford man will aim to bolster his defensive options when business opens.
An ideal addition to the squad would be Everton youngster – Mason Holgate. Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old made his breakthrough into the first-team under Sam Allardyce, making 15 Premier League appearances last season. However, new boss Marco Silva strengthened heavily during the summer, signing the likes of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, which pushed the Englishman down the pecking order. Holgate has started just four games in the league, and a loan move could be best for his long-term development.
Holgate impressed when called upon last season and would add some much-needed stability in the Villa back four. The youngster is strong in the tackle and reads the game expertly as well as being an aerial threat. The England U21 international is also excellent on the ball and loves to start attacks from the back with his long range of passing. Holgate can also play at right-back making him a convenient option to have.
A loan move makes perfect sense for both parties in January.
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