Aston Villa already have a decent enough squad list for promotion, this is something we’ve already established on MOMS , so apart from covering a major injury like Kodjia, any additional loans would have to improve the first XI.
While football supporters are increasing desperate for new signings due to the hype of the transfer window, with Villa’s current uncertain predicament in the Championship and the need to box clever in the face of FFP, the club needs to avoid unnecessary Simon Dawkins moments.
Steve Bruce to his credit, has fared well in the loan market for Villa needs, even if he says so himself.
“If we look to go down the loan route which has been really positive for us,” said Bruce, at the pre-Forest match presser.
“Even at the start of the season with Sam. Snodgrass in particular, we’ve done very well with the loan situation.
“Josh Onomah is another one.”
Those three loans have all been decent captures with Johnstone coming of age, Snodgrass being a regular contributor and Onomah’s raw talent offering sparks, if not consistency.
Bruce said this week he is close to bringing in one or two more loans.
One mooted one is Leonardo Ulloa, which may prove a waiting game, as Leicester City see how the chips land in the rest of the transfer window. (Update: Ulloa looking destined for Crystal Palace).
The other is Axel Tuanzebe, a 20-year-old who is known as a centre-back, but can play elsewhere in defence and midfield.
What’s the Point?
While Bruce wasn’t naming any names, you have to question what is the purpose of getting in someone like Tuanzebe.
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Tuanzebe has made eight appearances for United, including three this season, but while the Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, speaks highly of the player, taking a punt on him in terms of regular first team football has been another matter for obvious reasons.
Mourinho is reported to see Tuanzebe as a right-back in the immediate future, although he’s lined-up this season in a back three.
So, the big question is, what is the point of him joining Villa on loan?
The idea of any loan from a United POV is to see their player get the regular game time he can’t get at Old Trafford.
Do Villa need another centre-back?
Well, not really, unless you consider Tuanzebe an upgrade on James Chester or John Terry. Also, due to his lack of experience, you’d also favour Tommy Elphick and Chris Samba above him, at this stage of the season.
Do Villa need another right-back?
Are you kidding?! We’ll soon be close to double figures in terms of players that can play in the position.
Tuanzebe could potentially fill in at midfield at DM.
With promotion at stake though, now is not the time for experimenting, surely Mile Jedinak and Glenn Whelan (and Birkir Bjarnason) are good enough in this division to see us through.
It’s hard to see the immediate worth of where Tuanzebe would fit in to make a loan move a positive one for himself, Villa and United.
Also, what about Villa’s own highly-rated young centre-back, Easah Suliman?
The 19-year-old England youth international is very composed on the ball and arguably could play in the same positions as Tuanzebe.
Surely he should have priority, if it’s simply a case of having a squad player around to cover injuries.
One criticism of Villa’s transfer policy has been the approach of stock-piling of players, rather than getting in players specifically with the view to form an actual team.
Tuanzebe would certainly raise a questions mark in that respect.