The wind can blow many ways over the course of a Championship season, but right now it seems to be firmly behind Aston Villa. 

A promotion charge in full-swing, Dean Smith’s side are firmly lodged in the playoff places with five games left to play. 

The league Villa will be playing in next year remains uncertain, but one thing is for sure – new recruits will be needed in the summer. 

As Smith seeks to create a squad in his own image, we thought we’d take a look at five central midfielders who could be heading for the West Midlands when the transfer window opens.