Following a terrible start to the season, Aston Villa sacked Steve Bruce and brought in Brentford’s talented manager, Dean Smith.
Despite taking the club to the Championship Play-off Final, Bruce could not pull Villa out of a terrible rut which saw them drop to 17th in the table while conceding a terrible 23 goals.
With Smith now at the helm, it would seem Villa have not only one of the best managers in the league but one that should be with the side for the long-term and hopefully take them back into the Premier League.
Smith hasn’t been in the job for long but according to Football Insider, he will battle his former club, Brentford, for Southend prodigy, Charlie Kelman.
The Southend striker is regarded as one of the best talents in the country following his incredible goalscoring record which saw him net 61 goals last season for the youth set-up. This year he’s already scored eight and has been called up to the U.S. Under-18s side in the summer while also scoring on his debut for Southend’s Under-23 side.
As it stands, Smith has used Tammy Abraham as the main striker up front. Aside from the Chelsea youngster, Smith has Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan up front while also having youngsters Keinan Davis and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.
That may suggest that he has plenty of options up front but with most of the strikers out of form, Smith needs a prodigious youngster up front to take the club into a new era.
Villa fans, thoughts?