With Aston Villa continuing their pre-season preparations for the coming 2019/20 Premier League campaign out in Minnesota on our mini US tour and training camp, everyone knows it’s been an incredibly busy summer so far on a transfer front.
With numerous arrivals already and speculation suggesting that three more could soon be with us in the shape of Bjorn Engels, Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba, Smith held a recent interview with the Official Site where he admitted it had been vital that we got the bulk of our work done early so they could all settle in during the trip to the US, but we certainly aren’t finished yet.
“I believe our business has been very good. We’ve got a number of our targets in early. That was important to me. I wanted as many as we got get travelling over here to America with us on the tour. That’s because the players learn so much more about each other being in close proximity. The business we’ve done has been very good. A lot of credit must go to Suso for that. Suso has worked tirelessly since that final whistle has blown at Wembley, alongside Christian Purslow. We’ve all worked hard under the guidance of the owners.”
Smith went on to repeat his earlier comments about the profile of players we were looking for now to suit our plan and he admitted that he and Suso were very similar in their approach to the market so that had certainly helped.
As for further business.
“There’s still more business to be done. There’s been reports out there that we’re signing everyone and anyone. Which isn’t the case. A lot of the players we’ve been linked with, we’ve not even spoken about them. That’s the nature of the beast. It’s a small window for us, having finished on 27th May and going through until deadline day on 8th August. In that short amount of time we’ve got some really good work done. But we need to do a bit more.”
With so many incoming given the number of players we lost at the end of their contracts this summer, you do think given how close we are to the 25 man limit that we’ll soon see a couple move on as we further balance books, but our business so far has certainly helped the optimism ahead of the new campaign.