Villa’s lack of creativity

In the Championship last season, Villa finished 13th with a goal tally of just 47 strikes in their 46 second division matches.

Little blame can be attached to the strikers, with Ivory Coast international Jonathan Kodjia scoring 19 times and Scott Hogan sitting out through injury for much of his Villa career.

Creativity is key to goals, and there was little of it last season from the likes of Jack Grealish and Ross McCormack. Lawrence laid on 11 assists during 2016-17 as well as his 11 goals, and that would be key in the Midlands outfit’s promotion hunt.