Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has backed the Villains to pursue another winger to provide Jota with the competition for a starting spot. The west Midlands outfit have made quality business since their return to the Premier League and they have already signed the likes of Kortney Hause, Jota, Bjorn Engels, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley Horaes in addition to Jota.

Speaking to Football Insider, Bent acknowledged that the Villains have the first-choice options for the wings covered with Jota and El Ghazi in the ranks. However, he added that the club may want more depth within the department as they seek to avoid relegation from the Premier League next term, he said:“I’m sure Aston Villa will strengthen in that area and for now he’s got the jersey. I’ve tried to tell people before, you cannot underestimate the importance of a manager, if he buys you and you’re his player, there’s nothing better than that.”

Jota made 41 appearances for Birmingham City during the previous campaign and he managed to contribute three goals in the process. Prior to the Blues’ stint, he was able to experience his career high with Brentford, who were managed by current Villains boss Dean Smith and it remains to be seen whether a reunion can help the winger to produce his best form.

Meanwhile, the west Midlands outfit have been fancied to pursue Tammy Abraham from Chelsea after the striker scored 26 Championship goals with the club last term . Smith’s side are reported to be planning another loan proposal, but the same could be declined by the Blues, given they are under a transfer ban for the next 12 months.

Abraham has been a regular feature for the Blues during the opening stages of pre-season and new boss Frank Lampard has recently hinted that the marksmanwould get the opportunity to compete for the centre-forward role next term.