Aston Villa had a very good transfer window last summer as they brought in an abundance of Premier League quality and experience. Dean Smith has been speaking about the business his side did during the summer ahead of their game against Manchester United and seems to be very pleased with his squad.
Dean Smith’s latest comments
Speaking via Birmingham Live, Smith said: “We knew coming into the Premier League we had to change the whole squad pretty much.
We kept a core of players with Jack Grealish, John McGinn, Tyrone Mings, but we bought in 13 players and it was always going to be tough.
But the players have become accustomed to it. At the end of last season, having retained our status, we then could be a bit choosier in terms of who we picked.
We picked more quality and that’s paying dividends at the moment. We’re still progressing as a team even though our average age of the squad is the lowest in the Premier League which bodes well for the future.”
Villa are overachieving this season
With the club only surviving on the final day last season, not many fans would have expected them to be fifth in the division at the end of 2020 (SofaScore).
The club deserves a lot of praise for how they managed their business in the summer, and signings like Emiliano Martinez and Ollie Watkins have been key to their great campaign so far.
Dean Smith’s latest comments emphasise how good the planning is around the club and both the owners and he should be appreciated for not going crazy in the summer window.
They picked carefully, added quality and it has worked perfectly. The club has a real good project now and they could build something and be very successful if they play their cards right.
In other news: Gregg Evans backed Villa to land this star instead of Josh King, find out more here.
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