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18th Dec, 2016 | 1:58pm

This 30-year-old needs to be sold in January: Three things we learned from Aston Villa win at QPR

By Amir Mir

Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Aston Villa beat QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon.

Ross McCormack needs to be sold

The 30-year-old senior player has not looked like a fraction of the fee Villa paid to buy him in the summer. A £12 million purchase from Fulham, the striker has only scored two goals for the club and has failed to find the back of the net since September. It is high time Steve Bruce decided to get rid of the former Scotland international as he is now becoming a hindrance on the team. Villa could do with another attacking addition in his replacement as he is not providing any quality to the team.

Creative midfielder required in January

When the transfer window opens next month it will end up being the most crucial period of Steve Bruce’s promotion push this season. Who he buys will determine how hard Villa challenge for a top six finish and buying a creative midfielder during that window is a must. The work the likes of Mile Jedinak and Gary Gardner do in the middle of the park is helpful, but they require that creative spark in front of them to complement what they are doing. Therefore, when the transfer window opens, buying a playmaker is a must for Bruce.

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The players need to push themselves more

One thing is for sure Villa need to stamp their authorities on a game a lot more, else they can wave goodbye to a top six finish. They are too safe, too languid during the first period of a game, which results in them doing too much during the second period. The quality in which they have amongst their ranks must be utilised a lot more, especially considering the price tags some of these players have on their heads. Bruce needs to push his side to be more attacking away from home because nullifying the opposition is simply not enough.

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