Tony Xia tweets message to Aston Villa fans over summer transfer activity

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

The Villa owner has advocated patience from supporters.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has tweeted a message to the supporters about the club's summer transfer activity, suggesting that fans should be patient as they await further signings.

Villa have signed three players so far in the transfer window, with Bournemouth captain and centre-back Tommy Elphick being followed by promising Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and young Reading midfield star Aaron Tshibola.

Whilst those would appear three solid additions so far, Villa are in need of a great deal of work on their squad this summer, and fans will be hoping for more additions.

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

One issue is that Xia and new Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo are keen to sell several members of the squad which suffered such ignominious relegation last season, and any further signings could hinge on first cutting the squad down.

Not only that, but some supporters have likely had one eye on the activity at fellow relegated club Newcastle, who have already spent around £30 million this summer, bringing in Premier League players such as Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.

Xia, who bought the club from Randy Lerner earlier this year, has asked for patience from the club's supporters as he looks to rebuild Villa.

He tweeted: "Quality is more important than quantity. Doing everything right is much better than doing a lots [sic]. You have to believe this..."

 Though fans will certainly be hoping for more summer activity, Villa's existing squad have done well so far in pre-season since starting their preparations with an 8-0 win over Austrian side GAK Graz a week ago.

Xia was quick to acknowledge that commitment, and also tweeted his appreciation of the players' efforts.


Villa have been linked with several other players in recent weeks, although perhaps wisely supporters were sceptical of the report which linked them with Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani this week.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference

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