Aston Villa have had a turbulent summer, but they will be active on deadline day. They managed to get their first win of the season on Monday with a dominant performance against Hull City and they will have ambitions of winning promotion.
To achieve that, they need a squad that is strong enough to compete at the top of the division. Jack Grealish was expected to leave Aston Villa during this window, but the Guardian report that he is now unlikely to leave.
It remains to be seen how Grealish reacts to that development, but it is a major boost for Aston Villa and their promotion hopes. They must now improve the squad on the final day.
Below we discuss one player Aston Villa should sign and one they should sell on deadline day.
Sign Rico Henry
It looked set that Joe Bryan would become an Aston Villa player before the deadline. Sky Sports reported that he had undergone a medical with the club. However, they were beaten to the left-back by a late move from Fulham, according to Bristol Live.
This leaves Aston Villa with little time to find a replacement left-back target. Rico Henry hasn’t featured a lot for Brentford due to injury problems, but he could be a great option for Steve Bruce.
Henry has great energy and offers good support to the attack thanks to his work rate. His technical ability allows him to stand out as a great prospect and his maturity at a young age is impressive. It would be a gamble for Aston Villa, but the potential rewards are massive.
Sell Ross McCormack
Aston Villa will have many regrets about their recruitment under the ownership of Dr Tony Xia, but Ross McCormack stands out as the worst deal of the lot.
The Scottish international arrived with much fanfare after scoring 66 goals in three Championship seasons. However, he never settled at Villa Park and emerged as a disruptive influence in the dressing room. Steve Bruce had a public falling out with the striker.
It is unlikely that he has anything to offer on the pitch and Villa would benefit from moving him out of the club, even on a temporary basis.