The January transfer window is edging closer and Dean Smith will surely be looking to add his own touches to the Aston Villa squad as his side crave promotion to the Premier League.
Sky Sports reported on Friday that Villa want to sign Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers in January as Smith is keen to reunite with the 25-cap international.
If Sawyers does put pen-to-paper then that would surely mean that the end is near for Villa's experienced duo Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak.
Former Republic of Ireland international Whelan has struggled to prove his worth as a deep-lying playmaker under Smith's tactics as Villa have had to contend with injuries in the middle of the park.
Added with that, Jedinak, who was wrongly played at centre-back by Steve Bruce at the start of the season, has not played a single minute under Smith since his arrival in October.
There is no doubt that Smith wants to bring in his own quality of players to the club, but with those arrivals, Villa supporters will surely witness some departures.
It won't surprise many if the 34-year-old duo of Whelan and Jedinak top that list as Villa would be looking to balance the books ahead of a third promotion push.
Thinking more medium to long-term would be a sensible idea by Villa because recent short-term tactics have helped nobody.
Smith needs players who can provide more mobility and a more long-term future in those midfield roles, and unfortunately, Whelan and Jedinak don't fit any of those demands.
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