Aston Villa picked up a vital win in the Premier League against Burnley on New Year’s Day, but it came at a serious cost.
Season-ending injuries to striker Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton have completely changed Villa’s transfer plans for January because now they will need to replace those players they have lost.
Now, that can come from within the squad, i.e. players such as Jonathan Kodjia and Orjan Nyland stepping up, or more than likely, Dean Smith will be keen to use the winter market to boost his squad.
French outlet Foot Mercato have claimed that Villa are keen on signing Chelsea hitman Batshuayi on-loan, with a view of making that move permanent.
Batshuayi would be a seriously good addition for Villa and a player the club should have been looking at even before Wesley entered the treatment room.
But there is a certain Chelsea legend in John Terry walking around Bodymoor Heath, and if he can use his powers in the right way then Villa might just land their man.
Terry is good friends with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris, and whilst that in itself doesn’t mean that Batshuayi will be heading to Villa Park, the club surely have to use his contacts to try and persuade the Belgian to join.
Ironically enough, what could help Villa sign Batshuayi this month is the man who helped the get to the Premier League in Tammy Abraham.
After he ran riot for Villa in the Championship, he is now producing the goods for the Champions League chasers, and with it, keeping Batshuayi out of the starting XI.
Once again, that doesn’t guarantee that the Belgium international will move, but it all can play its part in these coming weeks.
Either way, a big month lies ahead at Villa Park and it could be argued that what happens off the pitch will be more important than what happens on the field of play.