Ten days have passed in the January transfer window and the rumour mill is currently in overdrive, as you would expect. I am going to discuss some of those rumours and explain why some intrigue me more than others.

Romain Sawyers

Sawyers linked with a transferI will start with Brentford’s versatile midfielder Romaine Sawyers. He has been linked with us on and off since the appointment of Dean Smith. This week, however, he was linked with Middlesbrough by BT Sports and later they denied any interest. So this would leave just Villa in the race but would he be a good acquisition?

Players are always linked with their former managers so having worked with Smith at both Walsall and Brentford, it was always inevitable. A transfer would give us a little more choice in midfield and could help fill the gap for an injured Jack Grealish but I am not convinced

I personally don’t think we actually need him. We have Callum O’Hare and I believe we need to focus on nurturing the young instead of wasting more money.

Yoann Barbet

I have discussed Yoann Barbet on this website in the past. It is now being reported that he is a big transfer target for Villa. This is a deal I would be happy with.

The 25-year-old joined Brentford in 2015, signing a four-year deal. He has gone on to become a regular in the Brentford side having made 93 appearances in all competitions during that time (to date). His versatility to play both left-back and centre half is a big bonus.

The former Chamois Niortais player is out of contract in the summer so Brentford may opt to get a fee for him now instead of losing him for free.

Defensive Midfield

The next two players linked are of a similar ilk. They are both defensive midfielders. Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden and Everton’s James McCarthy.

Chelmsford born Hayden reportedly wants to move closer to his family. The 23-year-old has only made 4 appearances for Newcastle this year so Rafa Benitez may be prepared to let him leave. Despite his lack of appearances this season, I feel he would prove a good signing. He was an influential player during Newcastle’s promotion season and knows the rigours of this division.

Can McCarthy be the same player after his leg break?With regards to McCarthy, he has also struggled for game time, especially under Marco Silva. Another good player but is he the player he once was following his leg-break?

The midfield enforcer is a position that we could possibly do with reinforcing but with the FFP looming over us, I would rather us focus our resources on defenders first. Again, we could also nurture some youth as we have recalled Jordan Lyden from Oldham. This would give us an injection of fresh legs in midfield.

Only time will tell what happens in January but I just hope we get our defence sorted and more solid, it desperately needs it


  1. Barbet a no brainer won’t cost a lot he’s out of contract this summer, good solid defensive player we should go get him signed up ASAP.


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