Remi Garde has reportedly asked for a large transfer budget during the January window to try and bring the Aston Villa squad up to scratch.
Garde hasn’t won a game as Villa boss, but he has been managing Tim Sherwood’s team and could use this as an excuse for his poor record.
Therefore, it’s understandable that he wants to be given the money to bring in his type of player, but this would be a poor move for the club.
Investing heavily in playing staff when they look all-but guaranteed to head into the Championship is a mistake and would lumber the Villans with a huge wage bill that would be difficult to pay in the second-tier.
The French boss should instead look towards short-term deals that would allow the club to cast off these signings should the side go down.
A few loan signings could boost the quality in the team and bringing in players who were on the fringes of their parent club’s first team would ensure they were eager to impress for Villa.
Premier League rules state that sides can only bring in four loanees over the course of a campaign and the Villans currently have none, so the opportunity is there to really add to the squad.
Patrick Bamford looks like he could once again be available and will be eager to show his top-flight worth after a disastrous spell at Crystal Palace.
Another possibility is bringing in players who are out of contract and there are some quality footballers with bags of international experience who could bring something to the Villa squad.
The Brazilian trio of Leandro Damiao, Robinho and Ronaldinho are all unattached and have a combined 215 caps between them.
Other available players include Emmanuel Adebayor, who has scored 96 Premier League goals in his career, the former AC Milan defender Kevin Constant and the captain of Algeria Carl Medjani.
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