Dean Smith's transfer priority at Aston Villa should already be clear

Brentford manager Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is likely to be wanting additions in the January transfer window.

Brentford manager Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Dean Smith should make signing a centre-back at Aston Villa his main priority in the January transfer window.

Steve Bruce has left a strong squad at Villa, but if there is one position of weakness, it is in defence.

Bruce was happy to use Mile Jedinak out of position at centre-back on occasion, but Smith should not settle for that.

 

Jedinak rarely looked truly comfortable in the heart of Villa’s defence, and with Smith likely to demand a more possession-based style, he needs upgrading.

Smith should, therefore, make adding a centre-back a top priority his top priority.

Brentford manager \ head coach Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Villa need to find a partner for James Chester, who they can rely on for the years ahead.

Axel Tuanzebe may show some promise, but he is only on loan and has a poor track record of staying fit.

And if Villa are to go up this season, tightening up at the back should by Smith’s first priority at Villa Park.

Dean Smith manager of Brentford applauds the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Brentford at Bet365 Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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