Three Chelsea players Roberto di Matteo could potentially sign for Aston Villa

Could Roberto di Matteo look to his former club Chelsea upon joining Aston Villa?

Roberto di Matteo has emerged as the firm favourite to land the vacant Aston Villa manager's job, with SkySports reporting he has already held initial talks over the vacancy.

Di Matteo's biggest achievement in management is his Champions League win with Chelsea in 2012, and it would not be a surprise to see him cast an eye back to his former club to see if there are any players he could bring aboard.

Here are three players he should look to sign for the Championship side next season...

Michael Hector

Chelsea signed centre-back Michael Hector from Reading last summer only to immediately loan him back to the club, and Villa could try to secure him for the season by offering one more year to learn in the Championship. After handing John Terry a one year contract extension, Chelsea will be unlikely to be able to offer Hector regular football. The 23-year-old could be a wise addition to the first team squad, already familiar with the second tier.

Patrick Bamford

The Championship player of the year in 2014/15 on loan at Middlesbrough, promising striker Bamford's career took a downwards curve last season after disappointing loan spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich City. A year to get back on track in the Championship would be wise, and promotion contenders Villa would be a club he could benefit from joining.

Dominic Solanke

If Bamford and Chelsea decide Premier League football is best for his development, Villa and Di Matteo would be wise to look at Dominic Solanke instead. The striker scored more than 30 goals in all competitions at youth level in 2014/15, and was handed a Champions League debut by Jose Mourinho. He has spent the last year playing on loan getting competitive football at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, and a move to play regularly in England is the logical next step in his development.

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