After the catastrophic showing against Luton Town last night, it is no surprise that Roberto Di Matteo wants to shore up the defence, and he has identified a couple of Premier League players to fill up these spaces.
According to the Sun, in addition to the proposed move for James Chester, Aston Villa are also interested in Leicester City's Ritchie de Laet and Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak.
Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that defensive reinforcements are needed, and at right full back and defensive midfield respectively, de Laet and Jedinak sure fit the bill. Along with Chester, these three would all slot straight into an Aston Villa first team that haven't managed to win a competitive game since February.
Ritchie de Laet played but a small part in Leicester City's title winning triumph, actually spending the second half of last season out on loan at Middlesbrough. Still, he was part of a team that gained promotion, so it was still a pretty successful season all things considered. Primarily a right full back, de Laet can play across the back line, and valued at £2.5m, he is essentially a better version of Jose Crespo (remember that guy?). He isn't an amazing player, but he sure is better than what Villa currently have in his position.
32 year old Mile Jedinak is not going to be a long term player for Aston Villa, fellow new signing Aaron Tshibola however, is. But for this season, Mile Jedinak would be far more important to the first team. An experienced player with over 150 appearances in the Championship and the Premier League, Jedinak would be the defensive midfield hard man that Carlos Sanchez was once hoped to be. Looking at how frail Gary Gardner has looked in that position, Jedinak, or any other player in his vein is possibly the most important signing that Aston Villa could make right now.
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