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Aston Villa journalist believes Dean Smith will unleash attacking quartet at some point

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Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield believes fans could see Danny Ings, Leon Bailey, Ollie Watkins and Emi Buendia play at the same time when the team are losing.

The trio of Ings, Bailey and Buendia all put pen-to-paper on deals with Villa this summer, whilst Watkins played for the club last season and impressed with 16 goals in all competitions and five assists.

Can this quartet all play in the same team?

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Whilst all players are attacking minded and Dean Smith may have to tinker with his formation to fit them all into the same team, Hatfield believes there will be times when supporters do get to see all four play together.

“I think there is a situation where you could see it, but I think you’re more likely to see it if Villa are chasing a game, for example, say they are a goal down to one of the teams they’re playing in the future and they’re pushing to find a leveller or to maybe turn the game, then you might see a pretty drastic response,” Hatfield told This is Futbol.

The quartet bring different experiences to Villa Park with them. Ings, Buendia and Watkins all have previous Premier experience, whilst Leon Bailey has experience of playing in the Champions and UEFA Europa League, with Ings also having played in the Champions when at Liverpool.

After the sale of star man Jack Grealish to Manchester for a British record £100m, Smith made five new signings this summer, spending £93m per Sky Sports, which was the fifth highest spend from a Premier club in the transfer window.

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