Aston Villa head into the new year facing a defining month in their season.
The January transfer window will offer Dean Smith the opportunity to inject fresh legs into his squad and the decisions he and the board make could well determine their fate.
After spending so heavily in the summer window it would represent a disaster for the club to drop straight back down into the Championship, but that’s a very realistic possibility at this moment in time.
With John McGinn sidelined with a fractured ankle, Villa could be tempted to dip into the market for a new central midfielder this month and, according to Sky Sports, they’ve already identified a potential target.
The report claims that Burnley loanee Danny Drinkwater has emerged as a target for the club as his current deal with the Clarets looks set to come to an end.
The 29-year-old has faded into obscurity at Turf Moor but that has not prevented a handful of fans from advocating a mid-season move.
Yes. Better than Lansbury.. got prem experience. Can get a goal and can pass! Villa fans saying no 😂
— Aston Villa Updates (@AstonVilla_info) December 30, 2019
It’s a yes from me. The guy has won the Premier League and played for England. Form is temporary, class in permanent.
— Paul Gordon (@paul_gordonh) December 30, 2019
Would bring a touch of class to our team …make it happen
— jay (@jaydee0099) December 30, 2019
Would be a good move, he played a key role when Leicester won the league playing the kind of football Dean Smith likes. No surprises he’s not playing at Burnley, different style completely. He’s only 29, not exactly over the hill.
— Tom (@tomavery25) December 30, 2019
It seems that his Premier League experience and title victory with the Foxes in 2016 have convinced supporters that he would be a wise addition, while one fan suggested the style at Burnley could explain his lack of involvement this season.
Drinkwater has played just 59 minutes of league football so far and that may well have contributed to the negative reaction from a handful of fans.
One member of the Villans faithful went as far to suggest that a deal for Drinkwater would merely represent a repeat of the incredibly underwhelming loan deal for Yannick Bolasie.
— Captain Jack. (@CJ7891234) December 30, 2019
Just another Bolasie scenario. Getting player on loan whose nowhere near match fit. Waste of time if you ask me.
— Simon Yeomans 🦁 (@BigSi846) December 30, 2019
— Jamie Curtis (@jamiecurtis94) December 30, 2019
— Bad Transfers R US (@KingCalledMings) December 30, 2019
Finally, this fan suggested it would be a good signing on the condition Marvelous Nakamba can form a partnership akin to that which Drinkwater enjoyed with N’Golo Kante in the 2015/16 season.
If that was indeed possible Villa would have a great chance of staying up…
All good as long as Marvelous turns into Kante
— paul d (@PDuckhouse) December 30, 2019
In other Villa news, Darren Bent has suggested a £15m target would be tempted by a move to Villa Park…