Given said: “They are being realistic now, as they are probably too far gone. They would be crazy to go and sign more Premier League players in January to try and stay in the division because they are going to have big contracts and big transfer fees. They probably have to prepare for the Championship, and bring in some Championship players to build up for next season.”
Given agrees that Villa should be looking to sign players for the second tier, believing that the Midlands club are already too far off the race to potentially stay in the Premier League.
The Birmingham Mail reported on Villa’s transfer strategy for this January window, claiming that they have scouts searching the lower divisions in preparation for relegation to the Championship.
They are not going to risk their financial future by spending heavily on players to try and keep them in the top flight, knowing that such a task will likely end in failure, and the Villa management are taking the wiser approach.
The Midlands club might get criticised for such a policy, as it shows they are admitting defeat at this stage of the season, but Given is sure Villa are taking the correct steps.
It is the best approach for the long-term future of the club, and correctly identifying the right players and signing them now will ensure the best chance of winning promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.
Aston Villa’s season has been one with almost no positives, but following this policy should ensure that the side can enjoy a fruitful campaign next time around.