After a stop-start two-thirds to the season, Aston Villa appears to have finally got their promotion push underway. One of the reasons for recent success is the loan deals. Former and current managers Steve Bruce and Dean Smith deserve credit for those deals.
Villa are currently sitting 6th in the Championship, the final playoff position. They are just one point adrift of 5th placed Middlesbrough, following the 3-0 win at the weekend.
Of all the loan signings made this season, some have made an impact while others haven’t. So who should we look to keep and who should we allow to return to their former clubs without further enquiry.
Steve Bruce’s loan deals
Before Bruce was sacked in October, he made four loan signings. Yannick Bolasie (Everton), Anwar El Ghazi (Lille), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), André Moreira (Atletico Madrid) and Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United).
You don’t need me to remind you that Yannick Bolasie’s loan deal was cut short in January. The Everton winger failed to make any real impact while playing in Claret and Blue. Goalkeeper Moreira was another who returned to his parent club.
El Ghazi has had an up and down season. Villa has a reported option-to-buy clause in his contract. He is someone I would look to make permanent in the summer. Although his form can be unpredictable, he has real talent. The 23-year-old has the ability to beat an opponent in order to get a cross in the box or have a shot.
Abraham is a no brainer. The Chelsea loanee has 21 goals with 8 games left to play this campaign. It is very unlikely he will join Villa on a permanent basis as he wants to prove himself at his parent club. I am sure Smith will enquire should we get promoted though.
Another deal that is unlikely is Tuanzebe. I would love to see him become a permanent fixture at Villa Park but I can not help but think he has a future at Man United.
Dean Smith’s loan’s
Smith made three loan deal’s during the January transfer window.
Tom Carroll arrived from Swansea but has yet to make an impact due to injury. There is no doubt he has the ability to pick out a pass but fitness seems to be an issue. The jury is still too early to decide on the midfielder’s future.
Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause need to introduction. Both have shone since they have been at Villa Park. Mings, in particular, seems a real personality at the club. This is highlighted by the fact Grealish hands him the armband when he is substituted.
Hause has shown his versatility. He has been impressive at both centre back and left back. The two combined have helped Villa massively in defence. This has been highlighted by Villa only conceding 1 goal in the last 4 games.
Like El Ghazi, Hause has an option-to-buy clause and I think it would be a huge mistake to not utilize it. He has said himself he is happy here and wants to play for Villa so we need to make this one a permanent.
Mings, on the other hand, has an option-to-match clause in his contract. This means Villa must match any bid from a rival club should we want to secure his services. Mings has easily been the best defender at Villa Park in years, and I would love to watch him for years to come.
Which loan players do you think we should make permanent? Have your say in the comments section below.