Aston Villa: Ashley Preece assesses potential summer transfer plans

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Aston Villa journalist Ashley Preece has been sharing his thoughts on the upcoming summer transfer window and what potential business the Villans could look to do in it. 

This comes after Preece made an appearance on a recent episode of the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast where he spoke about a range of topics concerning the club.

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On the subject of the summer transfer window and Villa’s potential plans for it, Preece had this to say on the matter.

He said: “They’ve gone big in the last two summers. £200 million combined, I think was at £88 million last summer on five players, buying quality over quantity.

“I think it’d be the same mantra again, to be honest, I think 2, 3, 4 new players, perhaps. I think it’ll mirror last summer, to be honest, just upgrades in key positions.

“I think Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, they mean business – everyone can see that, so I think they’ll go big again and they’ll be working on the transfer list priorities now.”

So far in this current Premier League campaign, Dean Smith’s side have won 12 out of the 28 games they’ve played so far, drawing five and losing 11 (per BBC Sport).

TIF Thoughts on Ashley Preece’s comments on Villa’s potential summer transfer plans…

Taking into account how Villa brought in players such as Ollie Watkins, Matty Cash, Emiliano Martinez and Bertrand Traore on permanent deals, as well as signing Ross Barkley on a season-long loan deal during the previous summer transfer window, this shows that the owners at Villa have not been shy in splashing the cash to boost the squad and progress the team forward, with just over £74m spent last summer alone.

Given their record this season, it is clearly a strategy that has paid off, with the Villans well clear of the relegation scramble.

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Looking ahead to the upcoming transfer window it will be intriguing to see whether or not Villa manage to bring in as many players as they did last summer as well as whether they will spend more money or not.

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