Aston Villa are on the hunt for new players after failing to win promotion to the Premier League. The club have since been revealed to be suffering financially and need to sell some of their big earners. However, new signings are also needed, those at bargain prices. According to the Sun On Sunday (24/06/2018; pg 60) Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has earmarked the Australian defender Trent Sainsbury as a potential target.
Aston Villa are short at centre-back. John Terry has left along with fellow veteran Christopher Samba. James Chester and Tommy Elphick are also being linked with an exit. So new defenders are needed but money is tight at Aston Villa.
Sainsbury is currently at Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. However, with the Chinese Super League club at their limit of foreign players, Sainsbury has been loaned out to Inter Milan and Grasshoppers in recent times.
Now, Aston Villa want him and based on his performances at the World Cup it is a shrewd piece of business.
Sainsbury has been excellent for Australia in Russia this summer. Sainsbury has formed a solid relationship with Mark Milligan at the heart of the Australia defence. The rugged displays of the Socceroos defence have been the mainstay of their World Cup displays. Sainsbury is however far more than just a hard-hitting Aussie. He is also a great passer of the ball and reads the game incredibly well.
This week sees Australia take on Peru in the hope of qualifying for the next round of the World Cup, with a win needed.
Aston Villa fans will not only be watching to see if Mile Jedinak can score his third goal of the tournament but whether Sainsbury is the man to improve their defensive worries.