Aston Villa are in desperate need of an upturn in their fortunes otherwise, a return to the Championship seems on the cards.
January could be a crucial month for boss Dean Smith. He will bid to add players to his ranks capable of keeping the club in the top-flight.
Danny Drinkwater and Pepe Reina have been added to the ranks already and more are likely to follow.
Villa are currently inside the bottom three and go into this weekend’s game at Brighton on the back of a 6-1 thrashing to Manchester City.
Drinkwater has checked in from Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season and it might prove a decent signing.
The key will be in whether Smith can get his career back on track or not.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Villa boss has given a player the chance to resurrect a stall in form.
This time last year Tyrone Mings was kicking his heels on the Bournemouth sidelines.
Since Smith signed him, he has helped Villa to promotion via the Championship play-offs, become a regular in the Premier League and also earned himself international recognition with England.
If Mings’ story doesn’t inspire Drinkwater, there really is no hope for the former Leicester man.
The centre-back is now a £26.5 million player following his summer move from the Cherries (The Guardian). Several outsiders doubted that valuation but Mings has taken it in his stride.
Drinkwater, 29, has badly lost his way in recent years. After winning the title with Leicester City his career took a nosedive.
He moved to Chelsea for £35 million (The Guardian) and has struggled ever since.
The central midfielder played just 23 times for the Blues in just under three years and was sent to Burnley at the start of this season.
Sean Dyche couldn’t do anything with him either. Just two appearances in the first half of the campaign saw him return to Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater is now at a crossroads in his career and taking a leaf out of Mings’ book could help the midfielder rediscover his very best form.