What type of striker do Aston Villa need in January? A highly-rated youngster with a point to prove in senior football, a la Swansea City’s Under-23 hotshot Oli McBurnie?
Or an experienced Championship goalscorer who has a track record in the second tier? Well, it appears that Steve Bruce is edging towards the latter.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the Aston Villa boss is eying a January move for Bournemouth’s Lewis Grabban, who has 11 goals in 17 games on loan at Sunderland this season. Meanwhile, Burnley’s injury-hit forgotten man Nahki Wells and Leicester City outcast Leonardo Ulloa are also on the manager’s shortlist.
And, of the three, it appears that Ulloa would be the most popular addition among the Aston Villa fanbase. The powerful Argentine targetman has barely featured for Leicester in 2017 and has played just one minute of Premier League football all season.
After failing to secure an escape from the King Power in the last two transfer windows, Ulloa is surely likely to try and force an exit once again in the New Year.
And while an Aston Villa side restricted by Financial Fair Play couldn’t afford to sign the 31-year-old permanently, a short-term loan deal could be an inspired move.
Ulloa scored 23 goals in 50 Championship games across two seasons at Brighton. And in the injury-enforced absence of Jonathan Kodjia, could he score the goals to fire Villa back to the Premier League?
The supporters seem to think so.
So true, really dont need more than CF and LB. I would go for Ulloa and Rico Henry. Shipping out seems alot more important......and difficult.— Boycey (@Boycey1259) December 12, 2017
Got no problem with Onomah leaving. Grealish and O'hare deserves that spot. And Ulloa has to be the one we are looking at. ings would be as poor a fit as Hogan is. #avfc— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) December 12, 2017
Ulloa from Leicester would be a better choice. We need a centre forward who can head the ball not a failed Norwich striker— Man from the south (@crowngreenexile) December 12, 2017
Solanke won't sign for Villa he's clearly part of Klopp's plans. Ings is Injury prone also can't understand why fans keep suggesting both. Ulloa maybe #avfc— Mickey #UTV (@av1_villa) December 10, 2017
For me Wells or prob first choice is Ulloa. He always looks a pain in the arse when I watch him. Even his cameo last night he was solid— Andy Fitz (@Fitz_avfc) December 10, 2017