Opinion: 5 players from the Premier League Aston Villa should sign
Last season was an absolute disaster for Villa, but relegation felt inevitable after the way the club has been drifting in the last year.
The arrival of Xia Jiantong – who likes to be called Tony – should provide investment for the new manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has experience of the Championship that will be very useful.
Villa need a massive squad overhaul if they are to compete for promotion, so here are five Premier League players the club should look to sign this summer.
A 20-goal a striker is a must for teams with genuine ambitions of doing well in the Championship, with Dwight Gayle perhaps an ideal forward to consider for Villa.
Gayle is on the fringe of the Crystal Palace squad and would likely be available for the right fee, with his goals record for the London club standing around the one-in-four mark despite being in and out of the team.
The 26-year-old has pace and could be the ideal foil for Rudy Gestede, who is proven in the Championship already.
Likely fee: £6 million
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