Aston Villa have endured a woeful start to the sesason, winning just one of their first 15 games and sit bottom of the Premier League on a lowly six points.
Pundits are already predicting the worst for the Villains as a result, tipping them as favorites for relegation. The Midlands outfit were a point worse off after 13 games than that of Derby County in 2008, when the Rams were relegated from the league with an all-time low of 11 points.
No club has ever maintained a top flight position after such a torrid start to their campaign, and manager Remi Garde now faces an almost impossible task of keeping his side afloat.
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Villa looked to be on the road to recovery when Garde took charge and managed to hold Manchester City to a goalless home draw. Since then, though, they've taken just one point from a possible nine, drawing with Southampton last weekend.
Garde's side are in deep trouble as a result and will be eagerly looking towards January to make some much-needed additions. Here’s a look at a few players the Villans could look to sign.
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Several reports suggest Villa are lining up a bid for the 26-year-old, who has continued his goalscoring form into the new season with Queens Park Rangers in the Championship.
Austin could prove the solution for the Villa Park side's problems in front of goal and would be the perfect replacement for Belgian brute Christian Benteke, who departed for Liverpool over the summer.
Garde’s team are currently the league’s lowest scorers and the Villa faithful would hope for that to change with the signing of Austin.
Despite several of Chelsea’s midfielders under-performing this season, Loftus-Cheek has failed to establish himself in the Blues' first team.
The 19-year-old will be hoping for a loan away from the champions in order to get more playing time under his belt - and a move to Villa could be hugely beneficial to both parties.
The talented youngster could fill the void left in midfield following Fabian Delph’s departure to Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Pritchard is yet another talented youngster who has failed to break into the first team of a top club.
The 22-year-old has made only substitute appearances for the north Londoners this season and would be eager for a temporary move elsewhere to get his career back on track.
Pritchard has enjoyed successful loan spells at Swindon Town and Brentford and could be an ideal fit for Villa. Spurs would gladly welcome a loan offer for the young Englishman as he seems surplus to requirements at present.
With Hector Bellerin the preferred right-back at Arsenal this season, Debuchy has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal.
Villa could be a suitable destination for the experienced defender with next summer's European Championships in France on the horizon.
Villa fans would have been distraught following the long-term injury to left-back Jordan Amavi, who was looking a stellar signing for the Midlands club.
However, Egyptian defender Elmohamady could be an ideal replacement for the Frenchman given his tireless work rate and inclination to join attacks.
The wing-back has previous experience in relegation dogfights with Hull City and Sunderland, and could add some much-needed composure to the club.
Following his release from Tottenham some three months ago, Togolese striker Adebayor will be desperate to get back to the field.
Villa could provide such an opportunity for the 31-year-old, though his wages might prove a sticking point. Despite having his contract terminated, Adebayor, incredibly, is still paid £100,000-per-week until he finds a new club.
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