Aston Villa will take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup this evening looking for a welcome distraction from their league campaign.
Dean Smith’s men are fourth from bottom in the Premier League and face a real fight to avoid an instant return to the Championship.
Having signed 12 new players in the summer, the Villa boss has surprisingly found himself short of numbers following a crippling injury crisis.
John McGinn, Tyrone Mings, Tom Heaton and Wesley are all sidelined for the Villans.
Smith could, therefore, enter the transfer market once again but the January window is never easy to do business in.
The task of replacing Wesley’s goals up front could be really thankless. Adding sufficient goals to the squad will be massive for Villa if they hope to stay in the division.
Glenn Murray, Ryan Babel and Christian Benteke have all been linked with moves to Villa Park, according to the Birmingham Mail.
It’s fair to say, however, that none of the names touted with a switch to Villa Park have caused major excitement among supporters.
As a result, Villa supporters will look on with envy at Neal Maupay.
Dean Smith was in the hunt to land the player he signed for Brentford for £16 million (BBC) during the summer.
With Villa scratching around for a new talisman, Maupay is in his element at new club Brighton.
The 23-year-old has scored seven goals during his maiden Premier League campaign and is already drawing interest from elsewhere.
Napoli are considering moving for the Frenchman who is now valued at £40 million by Brighton (Telegraph).
It seems unlikely that Brighton will sell him just yet but his value rocketing highlights what a huge mistake Villa made.
Wesley may well prove to be a hit but he won’t play again this season. Of course, Villa didn’t foresee the serious injury but he will have to prove himself all over again when he is fit.
Maupay is taking to life in the Premier League with aplomb and it looks like Villa missed a real trick in not making a summer swoop.