Aston Villa are keen on bringing in Chelsea midfielder, Danny Drinkwater, on a loan deal when the January transfer window opens next month, according to a report.
Sky Sports have claimed that Villa, who recently lost key midfielder, John McGinn, to a long-term injury see Drinkwater as a replacement for their star man.
It is said that Drinkwater, who is currently on-loan at Burnley until January 6, is highly likely to return to Stamford Bridge because Sean Dyche isn’t looking to extend his stay at the club.
There’s no doubt that Villa need Premier League experience within their squad, as the midfield has been a problematic area for the club.
The likes of McGinn, Jack Grealish, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz have been used in the middle of the park by Smith this term.
Only McGinn and Grealish have been real consistent performers, as the others are either struggling altogether or unable to produce performances worthy of them keeping their name in the starting XI.
Whilst Drinkwater, on paper, would be a good fit for Villa, it would be a worry that the Chelsea man hasn’t played much football recently.
Villa’s problem has been that they lack the energy, composure and ability to win their battles in the middle of the park. The last thing they need is a player like Drinkwater walking in and needing time to settle before he can showcase his real self.
On the other hand, if Drinkwater can find that form that he had when he was at Leicester City then he would be a superb signing on a temporary basis.
On his day, he does have the energy levels to match the opposition, he is a good reader of the game and he is a strong passer of the ball from deep.
Whilst he won’t be able to match what McGinn provides in regards to that bite and drive in the middle of the park, his experience and know-how could prove to be crucial to his less experienced teammates around him.