With Aston Villa returning to the Premier League, the English game once again has one of it’s oldest and most successful clubs back in the top flight.
The Villans are looking to make an impression now they are back in the Premier League, and under Dean Smith, there is every chance that the Villans could indeed make a big mark now they are back among the elite in English football.
However, big spending could well be needed by the club to ensure they do perform well, with the club utilising the loan market last season as the likes of Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings made big impacts with the club.
This weekend then has seen them linked with a mega-money move for Stoke City ‘keeper Jack Butland, but here in the Tavern, we feel that Villa need to way of overspending on this one.
The Potters are reportedly seeking a sum in excess of £20m for the England stopper, but with Villa only just getting back to the top flight, we feel that fee might be something that the club needs to avoid paying.
While Butland is of course a top talent and someone who can be relied upon to deliver quality performances week in week out, there has to be a question raised over whether paying such a fee is the wisest thing for Villa to do.
We saw last season with Fulham that the tactic of splashing the cash and over spending can indeed prove to be a nightmare, and you’d assume this is something that the Villa board have taken note of.
This is not to take away from the fact that Butland would be a superb number one for the club, but in a time when making the right decisions in the market is going to be so crucial, it’s a decision the club needs to seriously take their time over.
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