Villa mean Premier League business

Aston Villa
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is out to silence Frank Lampard at Wembley after already hearing his words of wisdom.

Aston Villa have shown their intent since winning promotion back to the top flight and expect more signings before the end of July.

Clearly the club’s owners have faith in the project that Dean Smith is building and are willing to back their manager with significant funds during the summer.

Villa endured a nightmare in their last Premier League campaign, back in 2015-16, when they won just 17 points under four different managers.

A storming second half to the season got the Midlands club back into the top flight, but it’s a whole different ball game trying to establish a team in the Premier League, especially as a manager with no previous experience at that level.

But Villa are willing to give Smith a major transfer kitty to see if he can establish the type of squad that can hold their own and, most importantly, become a top-flight regular.

Having secured new contracts for some of last season’s stars, including Anwar El Ghazi and Jed Steer, Smith has now turned his attentions to bringing in new faces.

His first addition was a raid on city rivals Birmingham, with the capture of the highly-rated Jota – the Spaniard worked with Smith during their time together at Brentford.

Villa have now gone a step further, bringing in a younger player with Premier League experience, after securing the signature of Matt Targett.

The left-back joins from Southampton and adds not only a defender, but someone with real quality service from wide positions and also ability from set pieces.

You can guarantee that the 23-year-old Targett will not be the last new addition at Villa Park during this summer’s transfer window.

With Tammy Abraham heading back to Chelsea after his successful loan stint with the Villans, Smith must now target a frontman, ideally with top-flight pedigree.

Tyrone Mings is another former loan star that Villa would like to sign on a permanent basis, with the player himself indicating a keenness to join the club on a permanent basis.

Two more strong additions to an already talented squad, could be the key to Villa staying above the drop zone in the 2019-20 season.