Aston Villa is stuck in a rut that cannot afford to become much more than a sticky string of bad results.
Dean Smith’s side lost four rebound games following the 4-1 loss to West Ham United after also being beaten by Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.
They signed five new players this summer and saw Jack Grealish depart for Manchester City on a £ 100million deal, a record UK transfer fee.
However, that is not going to be expected for Villa with Smith’s men just three points out of the relegation zone after ten games.
The Villa Smith head coach has struggled to start his squad this season with injuries, with new signings adjusting to life in B6 and the departure of Grealish all playing a part.
Villa could therefore look to add to their squad in January to give themselves a few different options.
Here are three players that Villa could sign for the New Year …
McKennie appears destined for a Juventus exit in January and the US international was a transfer target for Villa this summer.
The 23-year-old could be available at a slashed price as Juve seek to get rid of the former Schalke man.
A central midfielder by trade, McKennie could improve Villa’s options in this position with John McGinn and Douglas Luiz the current starting pair.
However, if Smith is looking to return to three central midfielders, McKennie could compete with Jacob Ramsey, Sanson and Marvelous Nakamba, with the midfielder being a major talking point in Sunday’s game.
Alvarez is another player that Villa has been credited with an interest in over the summer.
However, his profile has grown significantly since then with 11 goals and six assists in 14 games for River Plate.
He has scored nine times in River’s last seven games and has registered six in that streak.
Under contract until December next year, Villa would be crazy not to move for the fit 21-year-old who will likely generate considerable interest next summer.
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Villa has loved Hickey for some time and while Young can back Matt Targett at left-back, a long-term solution will be preferable.
Hickey is reportedly a ‘draft’ left-back with the former Celtic man linked with a move to Villa Park since trading Glasgow for Bologna in Italy.
He scored twice in nine appearances for Bologna in the Italian top flight and has been hailed as the “next Andy Robertson” in some quarters.
Another player with a high ceiling, Hickey could thrive at Villa in an attacking role.
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