Express & Star reporter Luke Hatfield feels Aston Villa’s new signings could make the Midlands club even harder to stop despite the departure of Jack Grealish.
Grealish was so key for Villa last season, providing the most Premier League assists in Dean Smith’s side, and they have already lost their first match without him, a 3-2 defeat to Watford.
However, new signings Danny Ings and Leon Bailey were able to make an immediate impact, with the former managing to score from the penalty spot and the latter able to register an assist.
Ultimately, while Villa’s post-Grealish era has not got off to a good start, Hatfield is backing the club’s recent recruits to come good and is confident the team can evolve without their former captain.
“They’ve got these exciting signings, not to mention the likes of Ollie Watkins, who’s already there, Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi. He’s another one who’s scored goals for them,” the Aston Villa journalist told FFC.
“If they can get them all balanced and producing some really good football, then it may actually be harder to stop Villa without Grealish.
“It might take some time for them to adapt to life without Grealish, but they could be more balanced for it”
In terms of scoring goals, with the likes of Ings and Bailey, Villa do look like they could be hard to stop. Defensively, though, they obviously need to avoid repeating what happened at Vicarage Road.