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In a tweet posted by Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law, he has expressed his admiration for the work done by Aston Villa in the transfer market, claiming they aren’t like the Fulham team of last season.
Keep reading Villa are this summer’s Fulham. Apart from spending money, aren’t they the complete opposite? Eg, ensuring core of promotion squad is kept together and signing young and hungry players. No guarantee it will work but strategy doesn’t look anything like Fulham’s to me.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 9, 2019
Recent reports claim they’re also in the market for Egyptian’s Ahmed Hegazi and Trezeguet too.
The Villans were of course promoted from the Championship last term and they’ve wasted no time in preparing their squad for the Premier League, even splashing out over £40m on Wesley and Tyrone Mings.
However, Telegraph journalist Law, has rubbished comparisons between how they and Fulham have operated in terms of their spending.
A segment of his tweet simply said:
“Apart from spending money, aren’t they the complete opposite?”
Before the window opened Christian Purslow admitted that the Villans wanted to build a young and exciting team that could establish themselves in the division.
Those comments are now certainly evident from what Law has hinted at, suggesting they had indeed lived up to that promise.
Despite spending large sums on two specific players, one of them was at the club last season and the other is only 22 years of age.
Last summer, Fulham spent over £100m on new players before they ended up going straight back down to the Championship.
It’s easy to see why there could be fears over the amount Villa have spent so far but they’re being pragmatic about the way they go about things.
After all, they’ve brought in three players they had on loan last season on temporary deals which goes to show they’re keen on keeping their spine together.
The Midlands outfit have also brought in Matt Targett, a player who at the age of 23 is someone they can develop further and adds a fresh dynamic to their defence. He created 1.4 chances per game last year which shows he’s exciting.
On the evidence above, Law has hit the nail on the head.
Comparisons being drawn with Fulham are perhaps wide of the mark, but we’ll have to wait until the season starts properly to assess whether they got things right.