Aston Villa have completed two loans deals that is sure to give their small squad a boost in the arm and increase intra-squad competition.
The first is Ryan Bertrand. The 24 year old Chelsea left back has only featured in one Premier League match and that only lasted 64 minutes. Bertrand's lack of minutes would be not be surprising if regular left back Ashley Cole had been playing ahead of him; however as it has panned out, he has not and disappointingly Mourinho favoured right back Cesar Azpilicueta to deputise Cole.
Nonetheless, in the past Bertrand has proved himself a capable Premier League left back and with Antonia Luna struggling at left back, Bertrand has every chance to make that position his own.
The other loanee is Grant Holt. This is a surprising move as Holt has only scored twice in 16 Championship games for Wigan this season. Furthermore, his bad form stretches back to last season where he scored only 8 goals. It was this barren run of form that forced Norwich boss Chris Hughton to sell him to Wigan.
However, with Aston Villa struggling up front, Villa boss Paul Lambert is banking on Holt to return to the form Holt showed in his debut year Premier League when he scored 15 goals.
It is unlikely he will take over Benteke immediately, but Holt could force a switch to 4-4-2 as Villa search for goals.