Date: 10th August 2019 at 7:00am
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Deadline day for Aston Villa fans was a pretty dull affair for a change, as there were no incomings but a couple of outgoings in the shape of Birkir Bjarnason and James Bree.

Villa did manage to get John McGinn to slow down long enough to sign a new five year deal so it wasn’t a wasted day completely, but with the deadline shut we can now tally how our business compared to others in the top flight, and it’s pretty impressive when you think 12 months ago we didn’t know if we’d be able to keep the lights on.

Sky Sports have tallied up our spending as best as they can and we come second to only Manchester United with a total spend of £144.5million.

On a Net front, having not recouped a single penny with sales, our £144.5million figure sees us top the table by some margin with Arsenal second, with a Net spend of only £82.5million.

I say ‘only’, the spending is utterly ridiculous but that’s the modern game for you.

With 12 new faces coming through the door (a couple were known from their loan spells last season obviously) we were also the busiest club in the division on an incoming basis.

If fans wanted to see owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens put their money where their ambitions are, I’d say they delivered and then some.

Whatever personal hopes are for the 2019/20 campaign as we return to the top flight, all that matters is we avoid the bottom three and continue to build, and we should be nicely set to do just that.

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