Tony Xia shares the three attributes any new Aston Villa signing must have

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

The Villa owner is keen to bolster the squad this month.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceDr Tony Xia

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has revealed the three main attributes which any potential new signing must demonstrate, via a post on his official Twitter account.

The Villans have been active in the transfer market this summer, with Tommy Elphick, Ross McCormack, Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola joining the squad, and Xia has shared the three qualities that matter most in the hunt for new recruits:

This summer promised to be one of upheaval at Villa Park - following last season’s disastrous showing - and it has been exactly that, with 12 heading out the door and four arriving to date.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conferenceRoberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo is tasked with steering the ailing club back on course and back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

New owner Xia is a man of ambition, and his desire to return Villa to the glory days of yesteryear is frequently voiced via his Twitter account.

Aston Villa's Ross McCormack in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Tom LeesAston Villa's Ross McCormack in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees

The Chinese businessman has pledged funds to rebuild Villa’s squad and the £12 million capture of McCormack – fee quoted by BBC Sport – is a sign that he will put his money where his mouth is.

Despite the four signings, Villa fans demand more and their unease over the state of the squad has been amplified following their disappointing opening day loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

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