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Aston Villa: Gregg Evans drops summer transfer claim

Aston Villa have shown throughout recent transfer windows that they are very capable of diving into the market and signing players that they need for their squad.

It was reported in March that Steven Gerrard will be looking to complete a significant transfer overhaul this summer, with multiple players possibly moving in and out of the club.

With that in mind, it seems as though a big clue has emerged regarding one part of Villa’s summer plans in the transfer market.

What’s the news?

In a recent report for The Athletic, Villa journalist Gregg Evans shared some insight regarding the club’s aims for the upcoming summer transfer window and their recruitment.

He claimed that “Villa would like a third striker on board”, in addition to signing some defensive reinforcements.

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Villa currently have Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings in their squad as their two main senior strikers. The duo have a combined total of 18 goals between them in the Premier League this season, making them Villa’s top two scorers in the league.

However, the Villans currently have an expected goals rate of just 43.7, which is lower than the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton and Leeds United.

Do Villa need to sign a new striker this summer?

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Yes

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Villa fans will be buzzing

With that in mind and with Gerrard reportedly looking for another striker to join Villa’s ranks, this suggests that he either isn’t convinced by his current strike duo or just wants to add some extra depth to that area of the squad.

Either way, if Villa are able to sign a top striker this summer who can potentially overtake Watkins or Ings in the pecking order and find the net on a more regular basis, this will surely have lots of the club’s fans buzzing.

On the flip side, the Midlanders have the likes of Keinan Davis and Cameron Archer set to return to Villa Park after recent loan deals.

Should Villa end up buying a new striker during the off-season, this could well impact any chance that Archer and Davis may have at becoming regular first-team figures for Gerrard’s side next term.

Moving forward, it certainly feels as though the possibility of Villa signing a new centre-forward this summer could well have a big impact on a number of different players at the club.

In other news: Gerrard already heading for big summer disaster at AVFC over £13.5m-rated “magician”

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