Aston Villa’s summer spending has been a large talking point this summer, getting to the point where Christian Purslow has gone on Sky Sports to defend the club’s decision making.
The Aston Villa chief executive spoke of different aspects surrounding the club’s transfer activity, with one of the biggest things being his correction of Villa’s reported expenditure figures:
Christian Purslow: “On the 12 signings, we actually spent £127m of fixed fees. The difference of £127m and £144m (reported figure) I suspect is your estimates of the so-called add-ons or bonuses.” [sky sports news] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) August 12, 2019
Aston Villa were brave in their transfer strategy, with only three of their 12 signings having ever played Premier League football before.
There have been comparisons between their summer window and that of Fulham last season, as reported by The Birmingham Mail, though the club have refuted this, with Purslow stating it was no “trolley dash”.
Many Villa fans have taken encouragement from the club’s transfer window, but this interview from the chief executive seems to have brought some supporters even more hope for the future under the current leadership.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the interview, including enthused Aston Villa fans, can be seen below:
Had the privilege af listening to this guy a few times now, and this interview on sky is him all over, our club with NSWE, DS and CP is in the best hands it has ever been in and without any doubt at all they are building something special, our darkest period has gone. UTV
— Stuart Cole (@StuartCole6) August 13, 2019
I love hearing Puslow talk, he is possibly the best signing by NSWE, he gets the club, he respects the club, what it stands for & most importantly he respects us, the fans. #UTV #VTID #AVFC #partofthepride
— SouthLondonVillan (@cljd73) August 12, 2019
Days of hero worshipping owners is over, but these guys haven’t put a foot wrong so far. Very impreesive, joined up and long term thinking.
— RicardoAV (@RichieLionel81) August 12, 2019
Really well spoken love his interviews, a class act and glad the club is in the right hands
— Adam Williams (@adam_williams85) August 12, 2019
Love it #AVFC
— Shaune Lewis (@LewisShaune) August 12, 2019
Purslow is a class act.
— Jay (@JayJayVillan) August 13, 2019
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— Colin Jackson (@colinjackson191) August 12, 2019