David Marshall would be the perfect January signing for Aston Villa

Villa Nextgen

Aston Villa should look at Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall in January.

Aston Villa are enduring a season of despair this term, winning just one game to leave them bottom of the Premier League table.

They sacked manager Tim Sherwood at the weekend, and are currently searching for a new boss to lead the side away from the relegation places.

Whoever is named manager will have to deal with the players he inherits, at least until the January transfer window, when it would come as no surprise to see Villa raid the transfer market looking to strengthen.

And there is one position that could do with a new signing - goalkeeper.

Brad Guzan has struggled this season, and back-up option Mark Bunn is far from the required quality for a Premier League side, meaning that a new stopper should be a necessity.

Finding a top class goalie can be hard, but there is one player Villa should look at signing from the Championship, Cardiff City’s David Marshall.

Marshall impressed with Cardiff in the Premier League, but somehow remains with the Welsh side despite his obvious talents and their placing in the second tier.

He is far too good for that division, having conceded just four goals in nine games this term, and although Cardiff could rue letting him go, Villa should go all out to sign the 30-year-old in the summer.

He can organise a defence and command his area, things Guzan has been struggling with this season, and Marshall would not only be a top class shot stopper, but would also bring a calming presence to an extremely frantic Villa side.

Marshall is a key player for Cardiff, and prising him away from Wales could be a real task, but Villa should really look to pay the asking price on his head if they intend to keep their place in the Premier League at the end of the season.

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