Aston Villa landed John Terry, Robert Snodgrass and co in the summer and hope to be at it again in January.
Financial Fair Play restrictions might have limited Aston Villa’s spending in the summer transfer window but that did not mean that the Championship challengers were unable to lure players of proven quality to the Midlands.
Landing John Terry on a free from Chelsea was a brilliant piece of business. And loaning Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone from West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United have also proved to be excellent decisions.
And while owner Tony Xia insisted that Villa may not have much money to spend in the New Year, manager Steve Bruce believes this does not mean he will be forced to look for rejects and forgotten men in January.
According to the Birmingham Mail, the 56-year-old is confident that he can lure another big-name player to Villa Park – though this is likely to be via a temporary, rather than permanent, deal.
“It’s like playing for a Premier League club here because of the size of the club, the facilities and the crowd and the atmosphere we create every week at Villa Park,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail.
Villa’s status and reputation surely played a part as they convinced the likes of Terry, Snodgrass and co to step down from the Premier League and take a plunge in the Championship.
But with Villa fifth in the table and in an excellent position to fight for promotion, they appear to be a side going places under Bruce and may not be a second tier side for much longer.