Aston Villa are still very much in the race for a play-off place at this moment in time, with their January transfer window signings set to play a big part from here on in.
The Villains are unbeaten in their last three Championship fixtures but they failed to secure all three points against Reading last time out, so there’s still room for improvement.
Indeed, there’s still a large amount of games to go in the current campaign, with February looking like a big challenge for the Villains as they’re set to face a couple of sides who’re challenging for automatic promotion.
So, with results possibly going against Dean Smith’s side and January signings needing to prove themselves, here is the nightmare February for Aston Villa…
TOM CARROLL FAILS TO IMPRESS
Aston Villa managed to sign Tom Carroll on loan from Swansea City on transfer Deadline Day.
The central midfielder struggled to enjoy regular minutes at the Liberty Stadium, which opened the door for a loan switch to Villa Park last month.
However, the Villains already have the likes of John McGinn and Conor Hourihane operating in the middle of midfield, but they could definitely do with quality support.
So, it would come as a huge blow if the 26-year-old fails to deliver in the Midlands as Smith will need all the firepower at his disposal to secure a strong February, with their play-off hopes depending on it.
PLAY-OFF DREAMS OVER
Aston Villa will face up against the likes of Sheffield United, Brentford, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City this month. Both the Blades and the Baggies are chasing down automatic promotion, while the Potters and the Bees have produced some dominant performances in recent times, so Dean Smith will be right up against it.
It’s safe to say that the Villains haven’t always been able to ensure defensive solidity in the current campaign, so they’ll be put to the test against four attacking sides.
Unfortunately, it would take something special for Villa to secure maximum points in all four games, with a couple of defeats possibly ending their play-off hopes.
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