Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie has told Sky Sports News HQ of his disappointment at seeing his old club fail to land Jermain Defoe in the winter transfer window.
Defoe, 32, returned to the Premier League last month after just one season in MLS with Toronto FC, joining Sunderland in a swap deal for fellow front man Jozy Altidore.
The likes of Crystal Palace, Hull City Leicester City, Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers were also interested in the England striker, per the Daily Star, and Hendrie believes he could well end up being the best signing of the window.
“I think it’s a fantastic signing,” he said on Wednesday morning. “I’d loved to have seen him down at Villa because I think him working off Christian Benteke would have been a great pairing.
“He’s always scored goals in the Premier League. He’s quick, and he gets goals in and outside the box. It’s a fantastic signing.”
After the weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Arsenal, Villa have now gone eight league games without a win, six top-flight matches without a goal and remain just three points above the relegation zone.
Manager Paul Lambert made a £5 million bid for Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert before the transfer deadline in an attempt to solve their goalscoring problems, according to Guardian, but the Reds forward turned down a move to Villa Park.
With a Premier League strike-rate of 125 goals in 381 total appearances, Defoe would have been an attractive addition, although it should be noted that he scored just once in 14 league appearances for Tottenham Hotspur prior to moving to Toronto last winter.
Furthermore, the ex-Spurs forward also saw injuries disrupt his time in MLS, with a nagging groin issue seeing him go goalless over the final few months of the campaign, following an impressive start of 11 in 13.
Nevertheless, having grabbed his first Sunderland goal at the weekend, and Villa on course to be the Premier League’s lowest-ever scorers with just 11 strikes from 23 fixtures, it's hard to imagine he couldn't have helped Lambert's side over the second half of the season.