Former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has told The Mirror that he felt signing Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon could have saved the club.
Villa are enduring a torrid campaign, as they currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just one win so far this term, and that came back on the opening day of the season against Bournemouth.
With only eight points from 20 games, Villa could even break Derby's record for the lowest points total in Premier League history, which stands at 11 points.
Villa currently find themselves in a difficult situation in the transfer window, as they can either splash the cash on new signings in a bid to stay up, or accept relegation and start to plan for life in the Championship.
Manager Remi Garde has an unenviable task ahead of him, with the Frenchman still searching for his first victory since replacing Tim Sherwood back in November.
Now, former Villa boss Alex McLeish has told The Mirror that he thinks the club's recruitment hasn't been good enough, and highlighted missing out on Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this season that Sherwood wanted both Adebayor and Lennon - two players he worked at Tottenham with - to join Villa, but the club didn't sanction the deals, and instead moved for players with no Premier League experience.
McLeish has admitted that he felt landing Adebayor and Lennon would've 'definitely kept Villa up', but thinks wages scuppered both deals.
"When Tim Sherwood was talking about players like Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon last summer then I thought that is the type of guys who will definitely keep them in the Premier League," said McLeish. "He never took any of them and I guess wages would be still a factor in that. Villa then brought an awful lot of players in at one time that would have to adapt very quickly," he added.
Would Adebayor and Lennon have saved Villa?