The Athletic’s Gregg Evans has dropped a ten-word update on Aston Villa’s summer transfer plans.
Dean Smith’s side have enjoyed a fine Premier League campaign thus far in the grand scheme of things, but have just begun to hit a brick wall in terms of their form – after the weekend draw against relegation-battling West Brom, they’ve now won just once in their last eight games.
Now, Evans has revealed via Twitter that “#AVFC are planning to sign a new striker this summer”, amid a piece reflecting on the impact that Keinan Davis and Wesley will be hoping to make in the closing stages of the season.
Make no mistake about it, news that Villa are keen on bringing in a new centre-forward this summer to compete with Ollie Watkins, or potentially even usurp him in the starting line-up, will go down very well with Smith.
The Villa boss has surely had his fingers crossed all season that Watkins can stay injury-free and ensure that the club’s glaring lack of depth upfront would not be exposed. Luckily for him and the side, that has proven to be the case, with the former Brentford man having now managed to play every single minute in the Premier League this season.
While Davis has shown some flashes of promise in recent weeks, he has still only managed five goals in his Villa career thus far, while Wesley is only just coming back off a lengthy lay-off from a knee injury.
A striker signing in the summer will have Smith absolutely buzzing heading into the new campaign.