Stiliyan Petrov says Aston Villa must sell to buy in January

Aston Villa surely have to strengthen in the January transfer window.

Aston Villa are fighting for their lives as a Premier League club, and the January transfer window could be the last chance they have to build a competitive squad, but Stiliyan Petrov has told talkSPORT that the club will need to sell players if they want to sign any.

When asked if Villa need to sign players in January, Petrov said: “To have money in January, Villa have already bought about 14 players [12] - and that is a lot of players. They have a big squad there, so for him to bring more players, some of them need to go.”

Villa signed 12 players in January, spending a large portion of the income received from the sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph on a number of signings.

They lost three vital players - Benteke, Delph and Ron Vlaar - and replaced them with 12 incoming signings, mostly from abroad, who have yet to adapt and performe well in the Premier League.

Of course, it takes players time to adapt to a different style of football, but with Villa languishing in last place in the Premier League table, and with a new manager set to arrive, the only choice may be to bring in new players.

However, Villa possess a large squad already, and Petrov is sure that they will not be able to sign anyone until selling players first.

The trouble with this is that there are few teams likely to be willing to sign any of their outcast players, and so soon-to-be head coach Remi Garde is going to struggle to bring in the players he wants in January.

Garde has a tough task ahead of him in the coming months, and that will only be harder if he is not able to bring in any players in January.

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