It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Aston Villa fans are finally enjoying football again. Not only their team is back in Premier League following a gap of three years, but they are also blowing away the transfer market. As things stand, the Midlands club are the biggest spenders in the ongoing Premier League transfer window.
However, spending money in the market doesn’t always guarantees safety from relegation. Ask Fulham. The Cottagers spent a lot of money on exciting names like Andre Schurrle and Jean Michel Seri, but they were relegated at the end of the season. Many have excused Villa of doing the same this summer.
However, only time will tell whether Aston Villa whether they are the Fulham of this season or the new Wolves.
A look at Villa’s activity in the market
Before analysing Villa’s transfer window, one must take a brief look at the Villa side that clinched promotion via playoffs last season. Villa were hugely helped by loan signings such as Tammy Abraham, Yannick Bolasie, Anwar El Ghazi, Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrone Mings in their cause.
Hence, it makes sense that the Villains have spent a significant amount of their kitty in signing Mings and El Ghazi on permanent deals. These deals are relatively safer as both players have already proved themselves at the club.
However, Villa couldn’t prevent Abraham and Tuanzebe from going back to their parent clubs. Abraham could prove to be a big miss for Dean Smith’s side. The English youngster scored 25 goals in the Championship last season. Understandably, Villa have spent their biggest chunk of transfer kitty in replacing Abraham’s goals. Brazilian striker Wesley, who has joined in a £22m deal from Club Brugge, is going to handle goalscoring duties for Villa. The 22-year-old is a talented player, but his stats pale in comparison with Abraham. He managed only ten goals in an inferior Belgian league last season, and it would be a challenge for him to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.
Besides Mings, Smith has signed three more centre backs in the window to strengthen his defence. Ezri Konsa has arrived in a £12m deal from Brentford. Smith had originally signed him for the Bees from Charlton Athletic last summer. Bjorn Engels has arrived from Ligue 1 side Reims and Kortney Hause has joined from fellow Premier League side Wolves. Left-back Matt Targett has also joined from Southampton in a £15 deal.
Smith has also attempted to add goals to wide areas by signing Trezeguet and Jota. The former has arrived in an £8.75 million deal from Turkish side Kasimpasa. The Egyptian winger scored nine goals in the Turkish league last season. Jota has spent the last five seasons in English football, and he will bring valuable experience to Smith’s side.
The Villains didn’t need much strengthening to their central midfield as the trio of Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Conor Hourihane formed the spine of the side last season. Hence, their only midfield signing has come in the form of Brazilian youngster Douglas Luiz, who has joined in a £15 deal from Manchester City.