Can Wolves midfielder solve Villa's goal scoring problems?

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Under-fire Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is eyeing Wolves winger Bakary Sako in a bid to solve his side's scoring crisis, but is the Mali international the ideal solution?

According to reports, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is eyeing Wolves winger Bakary Sako in a bid to solve his side's scoring crisis.

The Villans fell to their fifth successive Premier League defeat on Monday evening, going down 2-0 at QPR, and have failed to score a goal since September 13th.

Here lies the main factor behind the Villains poor form - the club simply aren't finding the back of the net regularly enough. Their tally of just four goals for the season makes them the lowest scorers in the Football League.

Gabriel Agbonlahor (2) and Andreas Weimann (2) are the only Villa players to have registered a goal this season, and while Lambert anticipates the return to full fitness of star man Christian Benteke, even the Belgian could struggle to sustain his side's top flight status this time round. 

The club's average possession of 42% is the joint-lowest in the league, while they have created less chances than any other top-flight side - just 52 opportunities in total.

Against QPR, the midfield trio of Tom Cleverley, Carlos Sanchez, and Ashley Westwood created a mere two chances between them, while Benteke and Darren Bent played one key pass each.

Weimann emerged as the club's most innovative player - he fashioned scoring opportunities for his teammates - nonetheless, their opposition remained comfortable defensively for the most-part of the match. 

  TeamPosmins per GoalTotal Shots per gameShot Accuracy (%)Shot Conversion (%)Chances Created per gamemins per AssistAppsMins
Bakary Sako Wolves MF 152.29 3.23 47.62 16.67 1.31 1,066.00 13 1,066

With seven Championship goals to his name - having made just 13 appearances - Sako has established himself as a formidable force for Wolves during his time with the club. 

Already this season, the Mali international has netted on more occasions than the entirety of Paul Lambert's squad combined.

While he is unlikely to benefit the Villains in a creative capacity, his goal scoring prowess would certainly provide a significant boost.

Wolves - currently sitting third in the Championship table - would be devastated to lose the Malian, but his £25,000-a-week contract expires at the end of the season.

Consequently, reports have suggested that the Premier League side will look to make a cut-price £2 million move for the player when the transfer window opens in January. 

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