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For better or for worse, Aston Villa’s transfer window was a hectic turn of events.
It was perhaps ironic, therefore, that they did nothing on transfer deadline day.
Whilst other clubs were busy throwing their weight around in the final hours, Dean Smith sat there happy with what they had achieved, stating that no further business was to be done.
Considering the number of deals they had concluded, it wasn’t a great surprise.
However, that didn’t stop certain supporters within the Villa fan base from having concerns. Those lied within their inability to bring in another striker, something that was first addressed after it was revealed Said Benrahma wouldn’t sign.
However, there was further acknowledgements from elsewhere that they perhaps needed a further body.
Would have liked to see another striker & benharma come in but other than that ace
— Robillustrate (@fellrunningover) August 8, 2019
Really happy. Could have done with another striker but nevertheless got some quality in and no loans which is good to see
— Matthew Dearn (@matt_dearn) August 8, 2019
Great on the whole. Only doubt for me is the strikers, needed one more.
— Will Davies (@wilsterdavies1) August 8, 2019
great but a winger and ST short
— Dale Wootton (@BOOMBEEF) August 8, 2019
On one hand, they are right. The Villans head into the new season with Wesley, untested at Premier League level, whilst Jonathan Kodjia will sit as back up following Scott Hogan’s departure to Stoke on loan.
If you glance at the other hand, though, there should be no concerns. Villa fans need to trust Smith, especially after his latest comments regarding the Ivorian.
On deadline day, he told Express & Star: “I feel Jonathan Kodjia’s game is more suited to the Premier League than it was the Championship. I think he can be a big player for us this season.”
And with that alone, there should be confidence pouring from Villa supporters. If Smith is content with what he has, then so should the fandom that engulfs Villa Park on a match day.
After all, this is a squad who has goals in abundance from all over the pitch.
Jack Grealish and John McGinn contributed to double figures in terms of goal contributions last season whilst the threat they’ll have from wide positions is huge.
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It’s important to consider that was in the league below, but the fact Villa can bag goals from all over the pitch should certainly help club-record signing Wesley.
Another centre forward would have been ideal, but it isn’t disastrous, particularly if you consider the aforementioned factors.
For Villa, it’ll be somewhat of a shock if they end up struggling for goals in 2019/20.