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Dean Smith must make signing new left-back Aston Villa's priority

Dean Smith the manager

Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor has struggled throughout this season.

Dean Smith the manager

Dean Smith has just seen clear evidence that signing a left-back at Aston Villa should be his next priority.

Smith has made no secret of his desire to upgrade Villa’s defence, and the need for additions was very obvious this weekend.


The claret and blues sunk to a 3-0 defeat against Wigan Athletic at the weekend, and Neil Taylor’s display for Villa was awful.

There have been doubts about Taylor’s performances at Villa Park for a long time now.

And the Welsh international looks almost certain to need upgrading if Villa are to earn promotion.

Neil Taylor of Aston Villa passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on October 26, 2018 in London, England.

Taylor was at fault for at least one of the goals which Villa conceded against Wigan, and he has looked shaky under both Steve Bruce and Smith now.

Villa are still thought to have money to spend, and Smith’s priority should now be to bring in a full-back to help side improve.

Neil Taylor of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 1, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

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