On deadline day, Aston Villa swooped to bring in Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings on loan until the end of the season.
It was a necessary reinforcement at the back for Aston Villa, whose defensive record was threatening to derail a promotion bid.
Mings can play at centre-back or at left-back, offering Dean Smith versatility with his defensive options.
The 25-year-old was immediately needed to slot in at centre-half with James Chester out injured.
And alongside Tommy Elphick, Mings helped Aston Villa keep a rare clean sheet, which will be a major confidence boost.
Before Mings’ arrival, the Villans had shipped a staggering 46 goals in 29 Championship matches.
This was the third worst defensive record in the division with 21st-place Rotherham United and bottom club Ipswich Town conceding more goals.
It was therefore obvious for Smith that a new defender was a priority in the January transfer window and Mings was the perfect candidate.
The ex-Ipswich defender has already added solidity to help shore up the defence and this could be vital in a late promotion push.
With 16 games left to play, Aston Villa sit in 10th place, four points shy of the top six.
Mings can add defensive stability and with Tammy Abraham scoring for fun at the other end, this could be the foundation Smith needs to reach the play-offs.