Report outlines shocking opinion Paddy Riley had about Aston Villa's squad before season started

Aston Villa have won just three Premier League matches this season.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Aston Villa’s head of recruitment Paddy Riley believed he had assembled a top-12 squad at the start of the season.

Villa’s summer additions have been heavily criticised this season, as they have failed to make much of an impact at the Midlands club.

The Claret and Blues have endured a disastrous campaign, which has led to their first ever relegation from the Premier League.

Villa have won just three games all campaign, and one of the reasons for their demise has been the lack of quality they managed to recruit last summer.

Riley is a huge fan of analytics, and he opted to try and exploit the French market before the season started.

A host of players with no experience of English football arrived at Villa Park last summer, and most have been huge failures.

Riley, though, was reportedly convinced that he had managed to get a group of players capable of competing for a top half spot before the season started.

Riley’s position at Villa is now under serious scrutiny, with high profile pundit Stan Collymore a huge critic of the recruitment boss.

There appears to be no plans from the club to part ways with Riley, however, as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.

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