Express & Star: Dean Smith believes maintaining the “heartbeat” of Villa’s dressing room has given their summer rebuild the best chance of success. The club make their Premier League return at Tottenham tomorrow evening off the back of a frenetic summer which saw several old faces depart and 12 new ones arrive, at a cost of more than £130m. It is a spend which has drawn unfavourable - and unfair - comparisons with Fulham’s ill-fated trolley dash of 12 months ago. The truth is Villa, faced with just 10 weeks to completely rebuild their squad, went about executing the task about as efficiently as any club could.
Four Four Two: Dean Smith has eased fears over Aston Villa’s £130million spending spree. Villa have signed 12 players – including £22million club-record buy Wesley from Club Brugge – to prepare for the Premier League. Marvelous Nakamba, Tom Heaton, Matt Targett, Douglas Luiz, Jota, Ezri Konsa, Bjorn Engels and Trezeguet have also joined while Kortney Hause, Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings made their loans permanent. Comparisons have been made to Fulham’s outlay of around £100million last summer before the Cottagers were relegated but Smith dismissed concerns Villa will suffer the same fate.
Sky Sports: Dean Smith has played down comparisons with Fulham after Aston Villa signed 12 players in the summer transfer window. Smith says that Villa were able to complete their "Plan A" for summer transfers after securing Premier League promotion by winning the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. He was also coy on comparisons with Fulham, who were relegated last season after spending over £100m on players, following promotion in the previous campaign.
Daily Mail: When he was 16, Dean Smith used to cycle past Villa Park on his way to work at a paint factory. During the 6am early shift, he would mull over his chances of ever playing for his favourite football club.'It was a full-time job but I only ever saw it as temporary,' he said. 'I just wanted to be a footballer and to play for Aston Villa.' They were big dreams, too big as it happened. Smith never did pull on the claret and blue. But last season he achieved the next best thing. He became manager of a club whose famous colours run like a river through his family and on Saturday he will stand on the touchline as Villa face Tottenham as a Premier League side once again.
Express & Star: Dean Smith is convinced Villa have enough firepower for the Premier League after deadline day passed without them adding another striker. Newly-promoted Villa made 12 signings at a cost of more than £130m over the course of the summer but saw efforts to further bolster their forward ranks in the window’s final days come to nothing. That leaves just Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis as back-up to record £22million buy Wesley up front. Yet Smith believes scoring goals will not be a problem and expects them to be spread around the team.
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