By Warren Haughton
Last Updated: 6th August 2019
It’s always fascinating to watch a promoted side recruit before the new Premier League season.
Aston Villa have wasted no time on their return to the top flight signing eight players already.
Fulham were in a similar position last term conducting what was seen as good business, but it went horribly wrong for the Cottagers.
But Villa boss Dean Smith looks to be keeping faith with most of the players who got them promoted.
Tyrone Mings returns on a permanent deal from Bournemouth after a successful loan stint in the Championship.
Landing the Cherries stopper was vital as fellow loanee Axel Tuanzebe returned to Manchester United where he is expected to feature this season.
Winger Anwar El Ghazi is another loan star making the move to the West Midlands long term from Lille.
Where will the Villans’ goals be coming from?
Villa will have to do without last season’s top scorer Tammy Abraham who is back at Chelsea, so who will score the goals to aid their relegation battle?
Step forward Wesley, the second city side have shelled out £22m to sign Club Brugge hitman who scored 13 goals and laid on seven assists in the Jupiler League last term.
Villa are 4/11 in the Premier League to stay up betting and Smith knows he may sometime have to outscore sides to have any chance of staying up.
Smith has been linked with a move for Daniel Sturridge who is a free agent after six years at Anfield.
Convincing Sturridge to return to his native Birmingham to spearhead their attack will be seen as a real statement of intent.
According to reports, Villa are close to bolstering their attacking options by landing Kasimpasa wide man Trezeguet.
The Egyptian is set to cost around £13m and will be a straight replacement for the released Albert Adomah.
All quiet on the Grealish front
And for once there is no talks of Jack Grealish quitting Villa Park.
Handing the boyhood Villa fan the skipper’s armband and leading the team in the Premier League helps, alongside a bumper new contract penned last year until 2023.
Grealish is super talented – ask Mauricio Pochettino what he thinks of the former England Under-21 star, Tottenham had a series of bids rejected.