Aston Villa are expected to get busy in the January transfer window.
Villa need to sign players this month if they are to have any hope of staying in the Premier League, but Robbie Savage has told BBC Radio 5 Live that there is no point in the Midlands side bringing in anyone considering the club are all-but relegated.
Savage said: “You know what, in the January transfer window, I do not think there is any point Aston Villa buying anybody. I went to Derby in the January. I went there and was offered a lucrative contract, and I knew they were going down. If you sign players now on big wages to try and keep you up, you’re in the worst position when you go down to the Championship. So I would suggest there is no point buying anybody.”
Savage signed for Derby County in January 2008, when it appeared as if the club were already relegated from the top flight.
He has admitted that he was offered a lucrative contract to sign, due to their plight in the Premier League, and Savage was just one of a number of big name players signed on large contracts in a last-gasp attempt to secure survival.
However, they were relegated, and due to the large fees they had spent, the Rams found themselves in a poor financial situation over the following years, which prevented any chances of a immediate return to the Premier League.
Villa are in the same situation as Derby were in 2008, and Savage has claimed that not signing any players would be the wisest idea for Remi Garde.
This is a bold suggestion, and one that many fans would see as Villa accepting their relegation, but refusing to sign anyone in January could be the best decision for the long-term future of the Midlands side.