Aston Villa currently have 13 players out on loan until the end of this season. And Dean Smith will be running the rule over them ahead of next term.
Here are three loanees who could make their mark in the first-team squad next season.
With first-team opportunities limited at Aston Villa, Bree made the move to the Championship’s bottom club, Ipswich Town.
Despite Ipswich’s inevitable relegation, the 21-year-old has been a bright spark, picking up 10 league appearances and improving their options.
The former Barnsley right-back is gaining valuable experience and could return an improved player.
Aston Villa signed Guilbert in January and then loaned him back to SM Caen.
The French defender has played just shy of 100 games in Ligue 1 during his time at Bordeaux and Caen which should stand him in good stead for a move to England.
And the 24-year-old might go straight into the first-team because central defensive trio Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe are only on loan.
Aston Villa starlet O’Hare is a very exciting talent to watch for the future and this loan spell is improving his game.
The 20-year-old is on loan at League Two side Carlisle United and he has scored two goals and provided two assists in 11 games.
With first-team experience now under his belt, Aston Villa might reward the England under-20 attacking midfielder with a first-team promotion.