Aston Villa should sign this Premier League player in January to solve their midfield problems
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Aston Villa have scored 22 goals in 20 league games this term, despite having a plethora of attacking options.
One problem in which Steve Bruce needs to solve when the transfer window opens next month is the lack of creativity in midfield.
Gary Gardner, Mile Jedinak, Ashley Westwood and Aaron Tshibola have been tasked to be the creative men in the middle of the park, but after 20 games those tactics have not worked out.
Between them they have only mustered a below standard two assists, a tally simply not good enough for the second-tier, in particular a side chasing for promotion.
Therefore, Bruce should target Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon during the January transfer window as he would be an ideal fit to play in behind the striker.
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Academy graduate Jack Grealish has been used in that role, but Villa cannot be too reliant on the 21-year-old and they need a fresh face to combine with the toughness the likes of Jedinak bring to the team.
Puncheon has played 16 games in all competitions this term for a struggling Palace side, supplying four assists.
Despite only playing 21 games in the Championship during his early years, the 30-year-old is still experienced enough to help Villa gain promotion.
His ability to pick out a pass, use set-pieces to the best of the team’s advantage and control the tempo of the game, is what the Midlands side desperately require.
In other Aston Villa news, this summer signing has outshone Jonathan Kodjia this term.