Much has been made of Aston Villa’s struggles this season and a lot of it can be pinned down to the issue at centre-back.
Villa have played far too many games this season with a makeshift defence, due to injuries and poor recruitment.
The club need to make amends in the summer and strengthen the options available to Dean Smith at the back.
Here are five centre-backs Villa could go and target in the next transfer window…
Mings is currently only on loan to Villa and the club could look to extend his deal or make it permanent in the summer.
The experienced Championship campaigner has not started a league game for Norwich since the start of September and appears out of favour at Carrow Road.
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The Dutchman has impressed for Swansea at the back and Villa could look to test their resolve with an offer.
Capable of playing in holding midfield or at centre-back, Ampadu may be available to sign on loan in the summer.
Appears to have fallen down the pecking order at Southampton, but has Premier League experience and is still young for a defender – at 25.