Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Newcastle United’s Rolando Aarons in January, but the club should look at other targets instead.
Aarons is a 22-year-old winger that has progressed from the Magpies’ youth academy, having joined them from Bristol City in 2012.
He is a talented prospect that has featured in 20 league matches for the club since making his professional debut in 2014.
He is likely to leave Newcastle, potentially on loan, in January after making just two Premier League appearances this season.
Top tier sides Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town have reportedly been joined by Aston Villa as the teams most interested in Aarons at the midway point of the season.
For Villa, however, bringing in Rolando Aarons may not be the best signing for the promotion-chasers.
Steve Bruce’s side currently have Robert Snodgrass and Albert Adomah playing consistently, with the two players having a hand in 16 league goals so far.
Adomah has scored 10 goals of his own while Snodgrass has scored two and assisted a further four in the Championship – seeing the club climb to 5th in the table.
The biggest area that Aston Villa need help in, is up front.
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Gabby Agbonlahor is returning to training after missing 3 months through injury, but the Villans are still missing Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan.
A January loan move for a striker capable of scoring regularly in the Championship will be the number one target for Bruce, with the wings being an area not needing much more than what they already have.
Agbonlahor is capable of playing out wide and that is likely to be where he plays as a regular substitute moving forward, given his injury history over the past few seasons.
With Financial Fair Play tightening the club’s budget greatly, Bruce will need to put his money into moves that help him out the most.
A striker is a necessity and the club can’t afford to compete with the likes of Palace and Huddersfield for the Magpies’ young winger – making the deal one that should be avoided.
There is no doubt that Aarons has plenty of potential and could be a good addition for Aston Villa but, given the help needed in other areas of the team, now is not the time to make such a move.