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Dean Smith: Our transfer business has been very good - but there's still more to be done

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Dean Smith: Our transfer business has been very good - but there's still more to be done

Dean Smith says he is thrilled with Aston Villa's transfer business so far, but insists there's plenty more to be done ahead of our first Premier League game.

The club have made seven signings in seven weeks since winning promotion at Wembley in May, with Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley, Kortney Hause, Matt Targett, Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa all boosting our ranks.

January signing Frederic Guilbert has also linked up with the team in Minnesota.

The gaffer has worked tirelessly alongside Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch and CEO Christian Purslow in the off-season to ensure those incomings, and credits the hierarchy for the swift nature in which we've moved.

He said: "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 [Jesus Garcia Pitarch] 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.

"We spoke when I came in about the profile of players we wanted in certain positions. Me and Suso have evolved along the way, in terms of what we look for and expect in players. Luckily we're similar in our approach to the transfer market."

Smith has also whet the appetite of supporters further – confirming there will be more names through the door before the transfer deadline in just over three weeks' time.

He added: "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."

The full, extended interview with our Head Coach can be watched at the head of the article.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 16th July 2019