Report: Aston Villa expansion will see feeder clubs in China, USA and India

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Despite suffering Premier League relegation last season, Aston Villa's new owner is continuing to dream big in his plans to develop the club.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceNew owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is looking to expand the club by developing feeder clubs in India, China and the USA, according to the Express and Star, alongside recruiting a new technical director at the club this summer to identify new talent.

The report suggests Xia's wish to build up a network of club's affiliated to Villa will be an integral part of his global plan for Villa's brand.

Xia has previously stated an interest in extending the club's network throughout Europe, but it appears he has cast his net even wider if the latest report is to be believed.

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The businessman will surely have been inspired by the way in which Manchester City have established a global brand in a handful of years by building similar relationships with clubs based in New York and Melbourne among others.

A desire for Xia to expand the club's attraction and network by adding feeder clubs is all well and good, but it is important that Villa put as much focus as possible on returning to the Premier League at the first attempt, and that they will be in a strong position to compete in the top flight if that goal is achieved.

What would be beyond terrible for Villa would be achieving promotion only to struggle once more, becoming one of a number of big clubs to start yo-yoing between divisions. 

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceNew manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

It could be argued that Villa's recent recruitment failures were the main reason for relegation to the Championship. The last two transfer windows saw a number of arrivals, with many moving from France, but even though there was the occasional moment of promise, hardly any players can consider their move a success.

For this reason, a fresh talent spotter is vital and encouraging news for the club, though of course only hindsight will reveal if whatever appointment made is a success.

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