Aston Villa journalist Gregg Evans thinks that the club will be looking at signing a left-back in the upcoming January transfer window.
Left-back is a position that the club don’t really have a lot of depth in this season, with Matt Targett and Ashley Young as the only naturals when it comes to that role.
Speaking on the latest edition of the 1874 podcast, when asked by host Holly Percival whether the club would be looking to bring in someone to compete with Targett, who has suffered a dip in form this season according to WhoScored, with his Premier League match rating going from 6.90 to 6.39, Evans had the following to say:
“Villa are looking at left-backs. The fact that they’ve only really got Matt Targett as the senior left back – Ashley Young is 36 years old, so he’s not the future – Villa are definitely looking at left-backs now; somebody who can come in in the future and compete with Matt Targett.
“I think he had a great season last season, I think this season’s been not as good so far, but absolutely no reason to get rid of him yet or ditch him, I think he’s a big part of this Villa team. I’d stick with him.”
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The drop in form from Targett, as attested both by Evans and WhoScored, certainly is something that needs to be looked at for Villa.
And whilst they have made a reasonable start to the season, currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table, if someone like Targett is seen to be holding them back, then it is worth them exploring another option.
Whether it just be to add some depth to allow him to rest on occasion and be at his best for a longer spell of time, or to bring in some competition and try to give him a little bit of a boost, there is certainly room for them to add another body, so it should be interesting to see whether or not they go through with it in January.