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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will look to the transfer window in January to strengthen his line to the front. He explains, "I am always open to additions."

The gaffer was injured again when striker Keinan Davis suffered a thigh injury to the wolves last week in the Carabao Cup.

Smith only has Jonathan Kodjia as a substitute for 22-million-pound striker Wesley. The Brazilian has started every single match of the Premier League so far.



Villa tried to get a striker through the door in the summer, but was unwilling to pay a fee of £ 20 million for Neal Maupay, who later joined Brighton.

As far as the current squad is concerned, the big jota is left with a hernia while Davis is still a few weeks before his return. Jack Grealish is fit again, while Ivorian striker Kodjia, whose deal expires in June 2020, has played just 20 minutes in the Premier League after breaking his cheekbone.

And while Smith has rejected rumors linking the mansion to Rangers' fiery striker Alfredo Morelos, the boss discussed the upcoming transfer window.

"Right now we have two players for each position," he said, looking at January 1. "It's hard enough for the players who do not play regularly, but, as I said, it's their job to make me happy, not the other way around, because they need to look for a place in the team."

Celtic message sent

Aston Villa fans had their say after John McGinn refused to rule out the possibility of playing for Celtic in the future.

The Scottish international was the subject of a transfer tug-of-war last summer, in which Aston Villa and Celtic vied for the then midfield player.

The Scottish champion had rejected a series of offers from Hibs before Steve Bruce managed to bring the deal across the line and bring him to B6.



But when McGinn talked about BT Sport on Friday night, he admitted that the ordeal had stressed him and that his heart was on Parkhead: "It was awful. The summer was extremely hard for me, especially as it was such an important time for Hibs.

"I think Celtic had some offers at that time and openly I put my heart into it. I spoke to everyone at Hibs, including Neil Lennon, who ironically is now the Celtic manager. "

Villa fans struggling with extensive reports that Manchester United are fighting for their talisman were less worried about losing McGinn to Celtic:

@ DanAVFC92: He is way too good for the #SPL. He'll probably join them when he's in his 30s to retire.

@Keenan_mk: Can not afford it and never will

@ BeckVinder31: No coincidence, sunshine, you stay with us xx

Grealish thrust

Jadon Sancho was replaced after just 35 minutes of the decisive clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, which cast doubt on his inclusion in the upcoming internationals in England.

The 19-year-old was one of the Gareth Southgate listed players to keep Jack Grealish out of the England squad.



It was widely expected that Grealish will make it through to the Euro 2020 qualifiers this month after a blistering start to the Premier League season.

But Southgate decided to drop Grealish, believing he was behind a number of wingers, including Sancho. "He's a very good player – I've been watching him closely this season," he said.

Liverpool's youngsters were beaten

Aston Villa fans will feel more secure after defeating Liverpool's U18 from West Bromwich Albion.

Dean Smith's squad will face an inexperienced Liverpool side in December's Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The European champions will be forced to use a number of their academy players, with the first team simultaneously taking part in the Club World Championships.



Jürgen Klopp will sign the U23 boss Neil Critchley in a duel against Villa, with his attention focused exclusively on Qatar.

The Merseysiders have used a number of teens on previous rounds and could be forced to use more on 17 December.

But Liverpool social media fans are not looking forward to this proposal after the Anfield Development team beat Albion 6-3 on Saturday.

Two of the players, who sat for the fourth time against Arsenal on the bench, played in the game in which the Baggies scored six goals in less than half an hour.

Liverpool fans respond to Albion's impressive win – weeks before the Villa meet

@AbbiHedleyy: We're screwed up against Villa when we play these guys

@AhmedLFC: Our kids can not even beat the kids from West Brom … we're hit by Villa

@McLovrenIt: bad shape heading into her Carabao Cup game with Villa

Ready for the wolves

Tyrone Mings has warned fans of Aston Villa that their Premier League encounter with the Wolves on Sunday will be as easy as last month's Carabao Cup meeting.

Dean Smith's side won 2-1 that day in October, and goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady secured the contest after the guests met Patrick Cutrone.

But Mings expects a much more competitive team of wolves at Molineux to pitch for a passionate derby in the West Midlands this weekend.

"Seeing her in the Carabao Cup was definitely an unfair verdict on her as a Premier League team," Mings told the AVFC website.

"But how we behaved [in that cup game]I felt very professional.

"When we go into the game, we have a plan on how we will play and a plan on how we will try to annul it.




"We are fully aware of the threat they bring with them and they had a fantastic season last year and their quality has not changed.

He continued, "It's great for the fans, it means a little more to them because they can boast all over the city."

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