Aston Villa should be targeting 18-year-old Rico Henry, regardless of Jordan Amavi injury

The Walsall defender would be an excellent addition to the club.

Aston Villa have been dealt a blow during the international break with the news that summer signing Jordan Amavi is out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury picked up on duty with the France under-21s.

The defender, signed from Nice this summer, has been one of their better performing summer arrivals and his absence will be keenly felt in the Aston Villa first-team.

The club are not blessed in the left-back position. Kieran Richardson, Alan Hutton and Joleon Lescott are potential options. They could also recall either Joe Bennett or Aly Cissokho from their respective loan deals.

Or they could look into the transfer market in December for a replacement.

One player that should be considered is local lad Rico Henry.

The Birmingham born England Under-19 international has come to the fore at Walsall in the past year and is now considered one of the hottest talents in the Football League.

The 18-year-old may seem too young and inexperienced at this level to make a starting Premier League player - but just look at the form of Dele Alli at Tottenham.

He would also be a signing for the future, regardless of Amavi's current injury, he is a player the club should be looking at considering his talent and proximity.

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