COMMENT by Amir Mir

Hull striker Abel Hernandez has been frequently linked with a transfer to Aston Villa, but it seems the Championship outfit are targeting the wrong Hull player.

Steve Bruce’s side are in desperate need of a player that can play in behind the plethora of strikers they currently have at the club.

Robert Snodgrass is the player that the Midlands side need and should target the most when the January transfer window opens next month.

At this moment in time Mike Phelan’s team are struggling in the bottom three of the Premier League and a return to the second-tier is beckoning.

Therefore, come next month there is no doubt that a number of clubs will target the highly-rated 29-year-old.

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Regardless of how low the percentage of landing Snodgrass in January would be, Villa and Bruce should try to capture the Scotsman as it could change the fortune of a team.

Promotion expert Bruce signed the former Leeds man during the summer of 2014 for Hull, but a serious knee injury kept him out of action for 15-month period.

Since his return to action this season, the Scotland international has shown the qualities he is capable of producing.

Snodgrass has notched up six goals and one assist in all competitions for a struggling Tigers side this term.

His ability to turn a game on its head from any moment, pick out a pass or score a match-winning free-kick, is qualities many teams would want to have within their starting XI.

Bruce’s side are currently six points adrift of a play-off spot and they require some much-needed spark at Villa Park, if they are to gain instant promotion during this campaign.

Snodgrass’ quality in the Championship, which has seen him score 23 goals and supply 29 assists in 104 games, is the ideal recipe the Midlands club require.

However, a drop down from the top-flight and re-uniting with Bruce does seem highly unlikely for Snodgrass, but in modern day football, money does do most of the talking.

In other Aston Villa news, this senior duo have been dropped in Steve Bruce’s best possible XI to face Wigan.