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.
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.
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.