Alan Smith suggests where he feels Aston Villa are short this season

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Former Gunner Alan Smith suggested that Aston Villa are short of players who can change big games.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith told the Daily Telegraph that he feels Aston Villa are short on players who can change games this season.

Smith has stressed the importance of new arrival Jordan Ayew, who he feels will be important in terms of creating some momentum in the Aston Villa attack.

However, he doesn’t mention new signing Rudy Gestede who is also going to be important in terms of creating a new style of threat in the club’s attack for big games.

“Losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph raises grave concerns in a side now worryingly short of game-changing talent. Tim Sherwood must hope that new signing Jordan Ayew can settle in straight away to get some goals,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

Sherwood has acted quickly

What’s significant is that Tim Sherwood has acted quickly to get players in and to improve his options.

He could have waited and taken a more patient approach to bringing in more players, but that could have left the club at a further disadvantage.

Had he waited to sign more attacking talent, it would have risked someone picking up an injury which could have prompted panic in terms of signing someone to cover.

It’s also important to point out that any clubs looking to do business later into the transfer window, run the risk of being held to ransom, with the transfer deadline looking at the end of the month.

If Villa went out looking for a striker, with someone having just suffered a problem, the price would have automatically become more expensive, with a deal more difficult for the manager to achieve.

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