Having found some stunning form since the turn of the year, Aston Villa will definitely believe that they have a definite chance of promotion this season. They are third in the Championship points table and Steve Bruce is now busy in the transfer market, trying to make sure that he has all the tools to make it happen.
This has seen them linked with some exciting stars for a move this month. They are yet to add to their squad in January but reports now claim that they are close to their first signing of the winter transfer window.
According to several reports, Villa are finally set to land long-term transfer target Lewis Grabban on loan, until the end of the season. Also wanted by the likes of Cardiff City, the 30-year old could be one of a couple of incomings that Villa might see before the deadline today, according to Colin Calderwood.
It is understood that FFP rules have damaged the club’s chances to land top transfer targets on a permanent basis this month, making this loan deal a superb acquisition for Bruce. But what will Grabban add to the squad at Villa Park?
Having played for more than 10 English clubs in the top four tiers in English football, Grabban is an experienced striker, who has over 300 league appearances in England to date. He has been in terrific form this season for Championship outfit Sunderland, where he has notched up 12 goals in 18 starts this season, before leaving the sinking ship and moving back to Bournemouth, at the turn of the year.
He is no longer a first-team option in Eddie Howe’s mind at the Vitality and will love to get back to the Championship and help the Villains to a promotion.
Steve Bruce lost Jonathan Kodjia to an injury not too long ago, which has sent the manager into the transfer market, in search of a striker. There are not many names that fit the system at Villa Park well but Grabban could walk into the first team and continue where he left off in the competition, at the Stadium of Light.
Scott Hogan has found some good form recently but Grabban and his experience are a better option for the manager for the rest of the season. Keinan Davis is the only other option for this role in this Aston Villa side, making Grabban a necessity for the Championship outfit.
He has the temperament and ability to lift Villa to the Premier League but is he the right man for them?