Aston Villa secured a 0-0 draw with Manchester City in Remi Garde’s debut game as head coach, and whilst they defended well, there were clear issues in the final third.
For the first time since August 2014, Villa failed to have a single shot on target in the match, and they managed just three attempts in total. Garde may have been focusing upon keeping a clean sheet, but attacking flair has been a real weak point of Villa’s game this season, and strengthening the offensive ranks should be a priority in January.
Rudy Gestede is strong in the air but struggles with the ball at his feet, whilst Jordan Ayew looks a threat, but lacks consistency to lead the team every week.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is now past the required level for the Premier League, and signing a new striker should be Garde’s priority in January - with one forward the perfect fit.
Arkadiusz Milik current plays with Dutch giants Ajax, where he has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Eredivisie, despite still being just 21-years-old.
He has scored 30 goals in just 52 games for the Amsterdam club, having made the switch to Ajax permanent over the summer. He spent last season on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, where he never really was given a chance to play consistently.
However, his time with Ajax has proven his goalscoring threat, and whilst many may suggest that the Eredivisie is not a good league to judge a striker, he has netted an exceptional nine goals in 20 games for the Polish senior international side - scoring against some top class teams.
Villa need a player like Milik in their ranks, as he represents a great lone forward to feature in Garde’s 4-3-3 system. He is not as one dimensional as Gestede or Ayew, and has impressed for his creative skills - he has 17 assists in his time with Ajax - and his composure with the ball.
He is willing to take on opponents and shoot on sight, whilst never appearing too selfish if a teammate is in a better position.
And most important for a lone striker, Milik provides an excellent defensive contribution, with the youngster willing to run the entire field for his team, whilst still keeping his attacking play the priority.
Milik is sure to have a big future, and Villa should continue their transfer policy of signing young players from abroad for cheap this January by moving for the 21-year-old Pole.