Dean Smith has confirmed that Aston Villa will not be making any further signings on deadline day.
Speaking in a press conference, Smith said: “No, there won’t be [signings], we’re pretty much done. We’re happy with the signings we’ve brought in, the recruitment policy that we adopted.”
He continued: “We’ve done very well with the recruitment, very fortunate with the owners we have and the money they’ve put forward and I think between myself, Suso and Christian [Purslow] we’ve worked really hard together and I feel very happy with the squad we’ve assembled.”
Villa have completed a total of 12 signings this summer, with Jota’s arrival from Birmingham City being the first and Marvelous Nakamba being the last through the door, having signed from Club Brugge, as per the official Premier League website.
There have also been 15 players who have left Villa Park so far this summer, whether permanently or on loan, a number which doesn’t include last season’s loanees who have returned to their parent clubs.
Of those who were on loan last season, three players – Tyrone Mings, Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause – have been bought by Villa on a permanent basis this summer.
There has been a turnaround of players on a massive scale, so it is to the club’s credit that they have managed to do it with a bit of time to spare, with the likes of John O’Shea and Joleon Lescott praising the Midlands giants.
Villa have done really well this transfer window, both in the quantity and quality of players they have brought in.
There isn’t really much of a need for them to bring in new faces on deadline day, due to the fact their players cover most of the holes that departing players left the beginning of the window.
Villa’s stance means Smith and everyone at the club can now focus on their first game back in the Premier League, against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
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