Stiliyan Petrov urges Aston Villa to spend in January

The former Villa skipper believes the Premier League bottom-dwellers still have a chance of survival after seeing their past two performances.

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has told talkSPORT that his old club should spend big before the end of the winter transfer window rather than cut their losses and start preparing for the Championship.

Villa currently sit 10 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League with only 12 points from 22 games, having recorded just two wins and scored a division-low 18 goals.

Last Tuesday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and Saturday's 1-1 draw with Leicester City have given them a glimmer of hope in their fight against the drop, but it still looks as though Remi Garde’s men have left it too late for a great escape.

As a result, some have argued that the club should resist the urge to splash out in the transfer market this month when relegation looks all but inevitable, but Petrov does not agree.

The 36-year-old Bulgarian has been encouraged by the club’s past two displays and believes it would be wrong to give up their survival chase given the recent signs of improvement.

“I think Villa should go and spend,” he told talkSPORT. “They should try and show there fans that they will try everything they can to survive this season.

They need to buy quality to give themselves every chance to stay up, and even if they do go down they will still need good players in order to come back up to the Premier League again.

“If they make a few signings in January and bring a few good players to the club, it will be a big boost for the team and for the fans. It would be great to see.

“Villa have started to play much better in recent games, they have started to create chances and they have started to give themselves the opportunity to win games. There’s still a few more weeks until the end of the window, so let’s use what they’re going to do.”

Petrov certainly speaks from experience when it comes to the potential impact of January signings, having been part of Gerard Houllier’s Villa side which managed to stave off relegation during the 2010-11 campaign thanks to the mid-season arrival of Darren Bent for a club record fee of £18 million.

However, given the team’s current predicament, the chances of Garde making a similar purchase over the next two weeks are slim to none.

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