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Villa circle sixth signing with Smith eyeing powerhouse

Last Updated on by James King

It has been an incredibly busy summer for Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, while for fans, the word ‘bittersweet’ might be an apt descriptor.

Following the £100 million sale of captain and talisman Jack Grealish to Manchester City, the club acted quickly.

Villa circle sixth signing with Smith eyeing powerhouse

While they had already brought in Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City, the West Midlands outfit have since snapped up speed sensation Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen, Danny Ings from Southampton, Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United and former player Ashley Young.

However, it is understood that they are not done there. Smith is reportedly eyeing a swoop for Fulham’s central midfielder Andre-Frank Zambou Anguissa.

The 25-year-old arrived at the west London club following Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League in 2019 and has since endured relegation to England’s second tier. There is no doubt that Zambo Anguissa is one of the club’s biggest talents and can be a key acquisition for Villa.

A tough-tackling defensive midfielder by trade, he can also operate in the box-to-box role as well, such is his strong running ability.

 

A new-look Villa?

Despite the loss of Grealish, which has caused a substantial amount of controversy, it has to be said that Villa have recruited well this summer. Although he will be a big miss, the players that Smith has identified and brought in so far can ensure that the club can push on in the Premier League next season.

Should they manage to snap up Fulham star Zambo Anguissa, it could well mean a new-look midfield for Villa. Already in deeper, defensive central roles, Smith has a number of players to choose from, including John McGinn, Conor Hourihane, Douglas Luiz and Morgan Sanson to name just a few. Adding Zambo Anguissa, if this comes to fruition, will only complement a strong mix of variety.

With Buendia and Bailey likely to be in contention for starting roles on either wing, plus Ings offering another option in the central striker role, we could see an altogether different Villa team lining up next season, albeit even more dynamic.

 

More players needed?

Whether the club has fully replaced Grealish remains to be seen. Both Buendia and Bailey have a creative edge, with the latter understood to be one of the fastest players in Europe, while the ex-Canaries star is more than capable of unlocking defences.

It also remains to be seen how much the club have left in their budget, even if a move for Zambo Anguissa isn’t successful. Smith will undoubtedly have a list of targets in mind and areas of the squad where he would like to strengthen.

Whatever happens in the remaining weeks of the transfer window, Villa are certainly worth keeping an eye on.