Roberto Di Matteo needs to strengthen his midfield options if Aston Villa are to be successful this season.
Idrissa Gueye left Aston Villa for Everton
Everton completed the £7.1 million signing of Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye on Tuesday, and it is now vitally important that Roberto Di Matteo moves swiftly to bolster his midfield options.
The Villa boss was powerless to prevent Gueye from leaving, due to a release clause inserted in his contract with the club.
While far from a like for like replacement, an ideal signing for the Villans could be Everton's Darron Gibson.
Everton's Darron Gibson in action with Young Boys' Leonardo Bertone
Although he would not fulfil the same role as Gueye, he does have a lot of qualities that the Midlands outfit are desperately short of.
The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international is an accomplished midfielder, and has played at the very highest level with both Manchester United and current club Everton.
He has wonderful vision, and is comfortable in possession - two attributes which are vitally important in the Championship. His style of play suits Di Matteo's intricate passing philosophy, and he would improve the Villa midfield greatly.
He can also mix things up with the ability to play accurate long passes, which could be very useful, should Villa go down the route of having a target man lone striker in the mould of Rudy Gestede.
Everton's Darron Gibson in action
Gibson made only seven league appearances for the Blues last term, and his first-team opportunities are likely to be limited even further following the arrival of Gueye.
A move to the Midlands club would give Gibson the chance to re-establish himself as a first-team regular, and he would surely be a massive boost to Villa's hopes of achieving promotion back to the Premier League.
Roberto Di Matteo's squad is a fairly young group, containing a severe shortage of Championship experience and know-how.
Gibson played for Wolves during the 2007/08 campaign while they were in England's second tier, and his gritty, tenacious attitude is exactly what Villa will require to extradite themselves from the Championship.
Even though he would be dropping down a division, the likelihood of regular first-team football could turn out to be a big deciding factor for Gibson, should Villa make a move for the Everton midfielder.
Everton's Darron Gibson