Ex-Premier League footballer Mark Schwarzer has raised doubts over Aston Villa’s potential spending in January.
The Lowdown: Villa could be set for a quiet transfer window
After picking up a very impressive three points away from home at the weekend, Aston Villa fans will surely be praying for a big transfer window to help them kick on under Unai Emery.
A flurry of activity this month could ensure Villa avoid a relegation fight on their hands during the second half of the season, which isn’t totally out of the question given the wealth their owners possess.
However, things might not go exactly to plan for the club if Schwarzer is correct in his verdict about how January is perhaps not the ideal time for the Midlands side to go big in the transfer window.
The latest: Schwarzer unconvinced by Villa’s expected transfer business
“Maybe not necessarily in January because obviously we know how difficult January can be.
“But certainly moving forward, I think, for so many reasons – first and foremost, the football; the way that Villa have started under Unai Emery, but also the fact moving forward, the type of players that want to play under him.”
The verdict: Villa must back Emery
It would be a very dangerous game for the Villa owners to play if they were to not back their new manager as they are still only seven points above the relegation zone.
When Emery took the job, you would imagine he would have asked to be backed financially to ensure he could put his own stamp on the club, or leaving Villarreal for the Midlands side would seem a questionable decision.
While the Villa owners will want to carefully spend their money after splashing it out so lavishly under Steven Gerrard, the fact they have a European giant of a manager in the dugout, they have to act sensibly.