Why Villa should move for out of contract Junior Hoilett

Junior Hoilett is available on a free transfer following his release from Queens Park Rangers.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conferenceAston Villa Roberto Di Matteo has his work cut out if he is to lead his club to promotion

Aston Villa's disastrous 2015/16 campaign ended in relegation to the Championship.

There is a renewed sense of optimism surrounding Villa Park, however, following the appointment of Champions League winning coach Roberto Di Matteo.

On paper, the Villans have a large squad packed full of talented players, but their performances last season proved that many of them are not up to the task.

The lack of British players with Championship know-how could be hugely detrimental to Villa's chances of gaining promotion back to the top flight at their first attempt.

Queens Park Rangers Junior Hoilett (R) in action with Burton Albion's Marcus Harness Junior Hoilett is available on a free transfer

A fantastic addition to their squad would be former Blackburn Rovers and QPR star Junior Hoilett. The 26-year-old is available on a free transfer and would be ideal for the Midlands club.

His exciting displays during his early years at Blackburn saw him linked to some of England's biggest clubs, but following his switch to QPR in 2012 his career stalled and he failed to live up to his early potential.

He showed glimpses of what he can do last season, however, and managed six goals and two assists in 29 Championship appearances for QPR.

Junior Hoilett celebrates after scoring the first goal for QPRHoilett could be exactly what Villa need

Hoilett is highly proficient at playing anywhere across the front-line and would bring Championship experience to a Villa side that is desperately short in that department.

He would provide a real goal threat for Villa, but more importantly, he possesses a penetrating and incredibly dangerous delivery that Villa striker Rudy Gestede could thrive off.

He is at an age where he will fit in with the youth culture being pushed at the club, but with his time in the game defying his tender years he would be a terrific signing, should Villa decide to make a move.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceWould Roberto Di Matteo consider a move for Hoilett?

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