One month since transfer deadline, where do Aston Villa still need to strengthen?

Aston Villa spent heavily over the summer, bringing in a host of new signings.

Aston Villa may have lost the likes of Ron Vlaar, Fabian Delph, Tom Cleverley and Christian Benteke over the summer, but manager Tim Sherwood opened up the chequebook to replace them.

In a busy summer at Villa Park, Sherwood brought in the likes of Mark Bunn, Jose Crespo, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Jordan Amavi, Tiago Ilori, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Adama Traore, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede.

So far, results haven't quite gone Sherwood's way, with just four points to Aston Villa's name in seven games this season - with only one Premier League win, which came on the opening day of the campaign against Bournemouth.

Fans believe that more new signings are needed in January, but one month on from the transfer deadline, where do Villa still need to strengthen?


Questions remain over Brad Guzan's ability to be Villa's long-term solution in goal. The Mirror report that Villa are lining up Mainz star Loris Karius as a potential replacement, and whilst any potential deal for the German would have to wait until the New Year, it suggests that Sherwood may be looking to replace United States international Guzan in the near future.

Right back

Leandro Bacuna has been solid so far, but Sherwood may look to add another, more natural right back in January. Alan Hutton isn't the answer either, and with Micah Richards playing in the centre of defence, Villa are expected to be in the market for another right back in January. Hull's Ahmed Elmohamady is a target according to The Mirror, and the Egyptian would offer pace, crossing ability and Premier League experience to a youthful Villa side.


Even after landing Ayew and Gestede, Villa still look short in attack. Villa still lack a proven Premier League striker, and whilst fans may want Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers, the 26-year-old won't come cheap - even with his contract expiring next summer. Instead, a move for ex-Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor looks more likely, given that the veteran hitman will be available for free in January, and has a fruitful relationship with Tim Sherwood at Spurs.

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