Choose your own explanation.
Aaron wrote a fantastic post a couple days ago about finding it hard to watch James Milner as a squad player for Manchester City, which got many thinking about just how weak Aston Villa's central midfield was last season. Having Jean Makoun has, and will, certainly help, and I've of the opinion that Barry Bannan is magical, of course. But it's clear that, at this point, Villa have nothing approaching Milner's box-to-box style.
But worry not, Aston Villa fans: Villa are closing in on the signing of Spurs midfielder Alan Hutton! Now, I'm not sure if Hutton could truly be a commanding central midfielder, but if we're making up positions, might as well put him in there. Or perhaps we could shift him across the field to left-winger, since OH GOD IF N'ZOGS GETS HURT WE'RE ($)@.
Plus, god knows we have enough bald-headed large men on our squad. Move along, McL, and stick with that sell-to-buy policy. This is one toy we don't need.