Luke Hatfield believes that Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will "consider" adding a left-back to his squad in January.
Gerrard has made the perfect start to his tenure at Villa Park, collecting six points from his first two games.
Left-back Matt Targett got the ball rolling at Crystal Palace last weekend, but Hatfield reckons that Villa need someone to provide competition for the ex-Fulham defender.
What are Villa's current options at left-back?
Villa have two in their squad right now, although one of which is a 36-year-old Ashley Young.
Targett, whose opener at Selhurst Park ended his two-year wait for a Premier League goal, is the clear and obvious first-choice right now, starting all but one league game this season.
Both players actually started against Palace, with Young playing ahead of Targett in a more advanced left-sided role, which only strengthened the latter's position as number one.
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Villa do have other options, with Tyrone Mings having previously played at full-back during his career, although he's best centrally.
With Villa unlikely to allow themselves to get into a position where Mings will be forced into moving out to left-back, Hatfield thinks that bringing in another body in January is something Gerrard will be open to.
What did Hatfield say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: "You can understand why you would want some competition there and there will be plenty of options that they'll consider."
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Who could Villa sign in January?
According to The Sun, Gerrard has ordered the Villa hierarchy to deliver him a new left-back in January, with it reportedly being seen as a 'top priority' for the former Rangers manager.
Furthermore, German outfit BILD believe that Villa are targeting a move for Stuttgart's Borna Sosa, who's been impressive in the Bundesliga for some time.
In complete contrast, Targett has laid on just five assists in 83 Villa appearances, with his game focused heavily on being solid defensively, whilst Sosa is clearly a more modern day, forward-thinking full-back.
Therefore, it wouldn't be a surprise to see someone like Sosa arrive in January and battle it out for the number one left-back spot rather than providing cover for Targett, whose attacking numbers clearly aren't high enough for Gerrard.News Now - Sport News