Wigan ended their winless run against Aston Villa to seriously dent the Midlands club’s flagging promotion hopes.
The Latics dominated proceedings and deserved their lead when Gary Roberts netted before the interval. Late goals from Michael Jacob and Joe Garner secured the points for Wigan, piling the pressure on Dean Smith. The result means Villa have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions and deals a massive blow to their chances of returning to the Premier League.
Villa slip to 12th in the Championship table, five points behind Derby County in the promotion places. The Villans were given a boost with Tammy Abraham choosing to stay at the club amid interest from Wolves. However, Smith must strengthen his squad in the January transfer window in order to boost their hopes of promotion.
One man they should target is AZ Alkmaar – Oussama Idrissi. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the winger joined his current employers in a cut-price deal from Groningen in January last year and made an instant impact at the club. Idrissi ended the season with three goals and six assists in just six months.
The 22-year-old has been in fine form yet again in the current campaign, finding the back of the net 12 times in all competitions as well as registering six assists for his team-mates. Idrissi can play on either wing, making him a useful option for Smith to have at his disposal. The youngster possesses blistering pace and expert dribbling ability which would make him a nightmare for Championship defenders. Always a threat when on the ball, his arrival could mean even more goals for Abraham in the Villans front line.
Landing Idrissi in January could provide Villa with the boost they need to secure their long-awaited return to England’s top division.
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