Aston Villa are yet to have a quiet transfer window since their promotion to the Premier League over 18 months ago, so why would this January be any different?
But instead of further incomings, perhaps it would be wise for the Midlands outfit to consider some outgoings, especially those still left behind from the disastrous Jesus Garcia Pitarch era.
Bjorn Engels arrived at Villa Park with plenty of promising potential – the long-term partner of Tyrone Mings was a fair assumption, though a combination of poor performances and injuries have caused his AVFC career to curtail.
Indeed, the 26-year-old has made just four matchday squads this term with both Ezri Konsa and even Kortney Hause ahead of him in the pecking order.
Engels cost £9m last year and as their eighth signing that summer, he took their spending close to the £100m number in Suso’s brash spending spree.
According to Spotrac, the former Brugge and Olympiacos man is earning around £55k-per-week in B6, which puts him among their highest earners.
It’s rather damning that the likes of Douglas Luiz (£32k-per-week), John McGinn (£25k-per-week) and Konsa (£8k-per-week) are all on worse money yet have had a bigger impact than Engels.
Overall, this transfer has blown a £13m hole in the pockets of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, and he continues to rob them blind by not making an impact on the first team.
As a result, he ought to be sold this January in order to raise some funds to bolster other areas.
He was linked with an exit throughout the summer, so it would be a wise decision to make as clearly, nothing has changed.
AND in other news, £75k-p/w lightweight who lost 86% of his duels was anonymous in Burnley draw…