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Watkins, Rashica & Grealish: How Aston Villa’s XI may look after summer transfers

Aston Villa enjoyed a flurry of signings last summer as they made their long-awaited return to the Premier League, but will this year be any different?

Dean Smith’s side were still embroiled in a gruelling relegation battle which only saw them survive on the final day of the season and that was despite no fewer than ten new additions across the board.

Where will Villa finish this season?

Top four

Top four

Europa League

Europa League

Midtable

Midtable

Relegation fight

Relegation fight

The Midlands outfit have been linked to many names over the past few months, so here’s what the XI could look like come the end of the transfer window…

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There could be as many as three new signings by the time the window closes in early October.

With Pepe Reina departed, Tom Heaton should be back between the sticks following injury, but he’ll come back to a different back four than he’s used to.

It could be Ezri Konsa next to Tyrone Mings instead of Bjorn Engels whilst new signing Matty Cash takes up the reigns at right-back. He’s able to leave Nottingham Forest if a team matches their £15m valuation.

In a slight tweak to the formation, Smith’s new three-man midfield is full of players who are already at the club, including skipper Jack Grealish, which may come as a surprise. Behind him is likely to be John McGinn and Douglas Luiz.

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Meanwhile, upfront, the Villa boss finally gets his man with the club opting to splash £25m on Brentford talisman Ollie Watkins.

Trezeguet keeps his place at right-wing over Anwar El Ghazi and Jota whilst on the other flank is another fresh addition in the form of Bremen star Milot Raschica.

It’s expected that he departs the Bundesliga club this summer with Villa leading the charge. He too is going to cost around €25m (£22.5m).

Therefore, there’s no place for the likes of Wesley, Frederic Guilbert or Engels.

AND in other news, Villains keen to take Utd duo for Grealish

Article title: Watkins, Rashica & Grealish: How Aston Villa’s XI may look after summer transfers

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