Joe Bennett impressed by new Aston Villa signings

Fulham's Stanislav Manolev in action with Aston Villa's Joe Bennett (L)

Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola have all joined Aston Villa this summer.

Fulham's Stanislav Manolev in action with Aston Villa's Joe Bennett (L)Fulham's Stanislav Manolev in action with Aston Villa's Joe Bennett (L)

Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett has told the club’s official website that the club’s new signings have looked strong in pre-season.

New manager Roberto di Matteo has made three additions to his squad so far this summer, with more likely to arrive.

Defender Tommy Elphick was the first to join and was soon followed by Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola in making the move to Villa Park.

Bournemouth's Tommy ElphickBournemouth's Tommy Elphick

All three players have featured in all of the club’s pre-season fixtures on home soil so far.

And Bennett has been impressed by what he has seen, saying their strong starts bode well for the season ahead.

“They’ve all done really well and look really strong,” he told avfc.co.uk.

“Importantly they’ve all gelled with the group too. They played really well last night – and they have started pre-season strongly, which bodes well for then the new season starts.”

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a headerEverton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a header

It now remains to be seen whether those three signings are the only new arrivals at Villa Park this summer.

The current squad was heavily criticised last season as they crashed out of the Premier League following a season of disastrous performances.

It was felt that a major overhaul was needed as a result and with three new faces already, it will be interesting to see if Roberto di Matteo believes more are needed.

Juventus' Simone Zaza scores the team's third goal past Hellas Verona's goalkeeper Pierluigi GolliniJuventus' Simone Zaza scores the team's third goal past Hellas Verona's goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini

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