With buildup continuing for this weekend’s clash between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park, head coach Dean Smith has obviously held his pre-game press conference now and one topic up for debate the other day was the upcoming January transfer window.
With every fan having their own ideas on where we need to strengthen and the kind of players they would like to see walk through the door next month, and no doubt those players they’d like said door to hit on the way out and I guess common consensus would centre around left-back, centre-half and goalkeeper over and above anywhere else on the pitch.
Whilst Smith didn’t give much away in his interview with the Official Site I think he said enough that we can confidently read into his plans for ‘certain areas’ in our first team.
“We are definitely looking to be active. I think most clubs who want to be competing are going to be active. We will ourselves. But, for me, it will be minor surgery because I think the performances have shown there’s not a lot wrong with this football club and the playing squad. I just think we need to improve in certain areas.”
We certainly don’t need wholesale changes with how Smith now has us performing but the gaps in the group are obvious to all, but I’d still expect him to make signings that will be more curious for fans as opposed to the big money spending we’ve seen from former gaffers.
Smith across his career appears to have a better eye than falling for the current media favourite and there’s an intent behind his additions. Given some of the transfer flops we’ve seen across a number of years as for big money, their form falls off as we have no idea how to use their strengths in our setup, I’m hoping for a lot more from our Villa man.