Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is looking to the long-term future at Aston Villa, as evidenced by his latest transfer target.
According to The Mirror, Aston Villa want to sign Chelsea starlet Charlie Colkett on an initial loan with the option to make that deal permanent.
Looking ahead to next season and beyond, this is a sensible solution for Aston Villa, who need a radical shake-up of personnel in midfield.
Colkett is a gifted young player with plenty of technical ability on the ball. Operating as a ball-playing central midfielder, he has impressed during loan spells away from Stamford Bridge.
Although the left-footed playmaker has never played for Chelsea, he has accumulated just shy of 50 senior appearances during his career.
At Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Vitesse Arnhem, Colkett has impressed with his composure and ability on the ball.
This season, he has had a frustrating season at Shrewsbury Town, playing a bit-part role and only managing six appearances.
But the England under-20 international still has plenty of potential and a move to Aston Villa could kick-start his career.
With little hope of making the cut at Chelsea, the 22-year-old could inject some fresh talent into the Villans midfield.
And Colkett’s arrival could help Smith to oust a number of ageing midfielders, such as Glenn Whelan, Mile Jedinak and Henri Lansbury.