Last season was a very disappointing one for Aston Villa.
A torrid season in the Premier League saw the side fall into the Championship, with many fans fearing the worst for the future.
With a host of players expected to leave the club in the coming weeks, The Villains are in desperate need of reinforcements as they seek to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Villa’s relegation likely means that funds are limited, so like many Championship sides; they may be forced to rely on loan moves to stay afloat; and the Premier League is full to the brim with young starlets that could do a real job on loan at Aston Villa.
With that, here are FIVE Premier League starlet’s Aston Villa should snap up on loan…
Patrick Bamford is a man in-demand; and Aston Villa will have to fight with a host of clubs to land the Chelsea man’s signature.
Celtic appeared to be the front runners, but numerous reports including this one have linked Aston Villa with a move for the talented striker.
The deal does make sense; Bamford was the Championship Player of the Year a few years ago, and despite a few poor seasons – you don’t lose that sort of talent overnight.
He could fire the club straight back into the Premier League.
Another forward that could interest Aston Villa is Manchester United striker James Wilson.
Wilson is the first in a trio of United stars that could be well versed in moving to Villa; as Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to thin his squad down.
A player that has impressed during his limited game time in the Premier League, like Bamford – Wilson would no doubt be prolific in the Championship.
This is a move that could work out for both parties.
Another United star that could do well on loan at Aston Villa is left back Cameron Borthwick Jackson.
This deal makes particular sense, given that Villa’s current left back Jordan Amavi looks set for the exit door this summer.
Borthwick-Jackson is behind Luke Shaw in the United pecking order, and so it seems unlikely that he will get any game time next season under Mourinho. When called upon, Jackson was impressive in the Premier League; and so a year on loan playing week in-week out could do the youngster wonders.
Paddy McNair has been at Manchester United since 2011, but this summer it seems as if he must look elsewhere to find first team football.
Like Jackson and Wilson, McNair has reportedly been made available on loan at United this summer; and Aston Villa would be wise to take a glance his way as they look to bolster up their defence.
He could definitely sure up a defence that was easily broken last season; with the young defender looking impressive in the rare opportunities that he received at United.
Serge Gnbary has all the talent in the world, and his quality probably suits a league better than The Championship – but last season was a disaster for the young German.
He was loaned to Aston Villa, where he made just one league appearance – despite Arsenal having huge hopes for his future.
He cannot afford another season like that, and so it is essential that he finds a side that will play him week in week out.
Clearly a year in the top flight was too much, and so the logical step is to look one step below. With Villa likely to be title contenders this year; a loan to the side could be great for all parties involved.