Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie would like his old club to sign Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window.
On Sky Sports, Hendrie feels that a new centre forward – or two – would ease the burden on Jack Grealish in the survival fight in the Premier League.
He said: “Lots of clubs do panic buy (in January), they try to bring players in that are going to be suitable and fit the bill for the Premier League and the club. Aston Villa have been linked with so many players so it’s so crucial they bring in the right personnel.
“There’s also talk of Giroud and Sturridge, personally I’d go out and get the two of them if possible. I suppose that’s just down to what funds are available and obviously we can’t state the goalkeeper enough. Two centre forwards would be ideal because that is the area that they’ve struggled and they’ve had to rely on the likes of Jack Grealish, who is the top scorer at the club.”
Giroud cannot be signed because Villa cannot loan another player from Chelsea after landing Danny Drinkwater but Sturridge remains a live possibility.
TBR’s View – Sturridge’s quality is not in doubt but fitness is always the issue
Sturridge has 77 Premier League goals in his career (Transfermarkt) and he would have many more were it not for the injury problems which have plagued his career.
He has played just nine league games out in Turkey, showing that his fitness demons are not quite behind him.
If he could play every week, Villa would be getting a player with more quality than any of their striking options. But he represents an expensive gamble. That might be why Hendrie recommends getting another hitman in too.