Why Aston Villa should make a move for Bryan Ruiz in January

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Aston Villa should attempt to sign Fulham's Bryan Ruiz in the upcoming transfer window.

With Aston Villa sitting 11th in the Premier League there seems to a disparity between their position in the table and the amount of frustration currently being felt at the club. 

Attendances at Villa Park are dwindling, with supporters becoming fed-up with the dull football on display at the stadium. 

Although the Claret and Blue's spot in the league looks a respectable one, Villa are proving that results are not everything and Paul Lambert's tactics have come under criticism. 

The Scottish manager regularly sets Villa up to get men behind the ball and look to counter on opposition sides. 

It is a tactic which has brought its success, at times, but the lack of entertainment on offer has seen supporters vote with their feet towards his managerial regime. 

There is a lack of flair and craft in this current Villa team, with the side relying on the pace of Gabriel Agbonlahor or the power of Christian Benteke to create goalscoring opportunities for them. 

The lack of innovation on display in Lambert's rigid structure is sucking the enjoyment out of the game for many and in January the biggest task for the club's current boss may be to try and add some guile to his team to bring people back to Villa Park. 

He could do this by bringing in Fulham's Byran Ruiz who, despite playing at Championship level, remains one of the most technically gifted attacking midfielders in England.

Ruiz may be lightweight, but his artistry in possession is very evident and he could be the sort of player to add the poise that has been missing from Villa's attack for too long. 

Graceful in possession and with an eye for a pass, he would likely be able to thrive with the space that Villa's pacey players would be able to provide for him.

Ruiz did look to be heading towards the exit door at Fulham in the summer and, although no move materialised then, it would be a surprise to see him stay at Championship level for much longer given his quality. 

The Costan Rican international shone at the World Cup, where he guided his nation to the quarter finals of the competition and he also showed his ability to fit in with a system designed to play on the back foot. 

Ruiz was criticised for failing to help out defensively when playing in the Premier League with the Cottagers, but he was disciplined in Brazil against some of the best players on the planet. That is something which should cast aside any doubts Lambert may have about his potential to adapt to Villa's preferred style. 

The Midlands outfit haven't been blessed with great funds in recent transfer windows, but the owners will know that they cannot afford to see too many more supporters turn their backs on coming to Villa Park.

As a result, the signing of Ruiz could be one which pays for itself in time, as it promises to bring back the entertainment factor that has been so desperately lacking at Villa for too long. 

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