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Do Villa need to strengthen in January?

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BBC Sport's Simon Stone has been answering your questions on all things Premier League.

Anon asked: I believe Aston Villa need a quality striker to offer a challenge to Ollie Watkins and a solid right-back in this January window. I believe this will aid us in holding our position in the Prem. What are your thoughts?

Simon answered: The easy answer to this is yes, Unai Emery would benefit from an addition or two and it would help retain Villa’s current position. Then reality bites. Who? Even if they had a spare player or two is it realistic to think clubs at the top end of the table are going to do anything that would potentially help a rival.

Maybe clubs in the middle of the table might be willing, especially if their managers are wanting to generate some money for signings of their own – and then there is the Profit and Sustainability rules all clubs are keeping a close eye on. If you bring someone in from Spain or Italy or Germany, they have to settle. From any other country, it is a gamble that they are good enough.

My colleague Phil McNulty reported Villa’s interest Middlesbrough’s Morgan Rogers last week but at 21, there is an eye on the future there. I accept, it is a tricky situation.

Villa have an eight-point buffer to sixth, and top five could be enough for a Champions League spot. But disturbing a squad doing so well could be as big a risk as adding to it.