QPR's Jake Bidwell should have played his way into Aston Villa's sights

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on January 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa are eyeing a new left back and want Joe Bryan from Championship rivals Bristol City - but what about Queens Park Rangers' Jake Bidwell?

Jake Bidwell of Queens Park Rangers looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

A new left-back is a big priority for Aston Villa this summer.

Neil Taylor has not exactly set the world alight since he arrived from Swansea City in January 2017 and even lost his place to the right-footed Alan Hutton of late, and with a dearth of alternative options available to Steve Bruce, it seems that Villa are looking for potential reinforcements.

As reported by The Sun, one of those is Bristol City’s Joe Bryan. Rated at £7 million, per The Mirror, Villa chief scout Tony Coton has been watching the 24-year-old closely and will surely have been impressed by his attacking, all-action performances for Lee Johnson’s side.

Joe Bryan of Bristol City scores his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at Ashton Gate on December 20, 2017 in Bristol,...

But another Championship left-back should have caught Aston Villa’s eye on Tuesday night. After all, Jake Bidwell was hugely impressive as QPR dented the feel-good factor around Villa Park with a deserved 3-1 win for Ian Holloway’s outfit.

Bidwell not only marked Robert Snodgrass out of the game and set up Ryan Manning’s goal, he also scored one of his own with a well-taken finish on the half-hour.

Jake Bidwell of Queens Park Rangers celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in Birmingham,...

It was arguably the former Everton man’s best display of the season and showed why he has been linked with a number of other clubs in the division over the last year or so.

Bidwell might be a little more inconsistent than Bryan but, when he is on form, there are few better left-backs in the second-tier. He would surely be cheaper than £7 million to so, on the basis of this display, should have worked his way onto Villa’s shortlist.

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