O’Neill admits to deficiencies

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has admitted that he needs to add further depth to his squad to try and engineer a stronger drive for a top-four finish.

Villa have again narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot this season, with O'Neill aware that he needs to add to his options this summer.

He told the Express & Star:"If you take a leaf out of somebody like Manchester United's book with those great players they've had over the years, they've won championship after championship and take great delight in winning them.

"They then put them aside when the season starts and go again the next year. That has to be the attitude.

"For us to compete we have to try to get stronger. It's easier said than done but that's what we need.

"I think the next question would be the squad size. Those teams contesting the Champions League year in, year out round about this stage of the season – this year apart – have deserved those squads because they're playing big, big games.

"The more quality you can get the better. That's not taking anything away from the effort of the team this year.

"I'm immensely proud of them and some players have come through in a manner which has just been enlightening."

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