A number of Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to comment on reports from the Daily Mirror suggesting that Dean Smith wants Ryan Woods should the Villans fail to land Kalvin Phillips this summer.
Phillips has been linked with a switch to Villa Park for much of the window after an outstanding campaign in the Championship in which he shone in the holding role in Leeds' midfield.
The Daily Mirror reports that Villa are prepared to offer Phillips a £60,000-a-week contract as they continue their preparations for their return to the Premier League, but the Whites want £30 million for the 23-year-old.
And it appears that they are considering alternative targets, with the Mirror reporting that Smith is also interested in Woods, who Brentford sold to Stoke for £6.5 million when the Villa boss was in charge at Griffin Park.
It has been a difficult time for Woods with the Potters, and he seemed to fall almost completely out of favour following Nathan Jones' appointment during the campaign. And that is perhaps why plenty of Villa supporters are not interested in seeing Woods arrive this summer.
Some believe that the classy midfielder could be a good signing - especially as he was superb at Brentford while working with Smith - but most appear to be unconvinced that he would be able to raise his game for the highest level, and hope that Phillips is the man that Villa manage to get.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to the reports...
He was excellent at VP for Stoke last season. Knows Smith’s system, probably an upgrade on Hourihane too in terms of all around play and knowing the DM position.— Harry (@HarryWR19) July 11, 2019
Rather Phillips.— Sean Langley (@seanlangley94) July 11, 2019
Hmmm if we didn’t go up— AVFC (@Mxginn) July 11, 2019
No thank you— • (@KyleBillingham_) July 11, 2019
oh please no— Irish Zidane (@BigBoyWesley2) July 11, 2019
Woods is good but Phillips is another level.— Paul Brookes (@Brookesy1986) July 11, 2019
Not good enough sorry— David Mortimer (@Megsy1971) July 11, 2019
Saw him take us apart for Brentford at VP a few seasons back. Struck me as a good championship midfielder, not PL— Mark Walker (@markwalker1985) July 11, 2019
Wouldn’t even make our bench— I’m Hard 4 Aston Villa (@Hard4AstonVilla) July 11, 2019
I really like Ryan woods, but is he premier league?— Luke Perry (@LukePer28229545) July 11, 2019
Smith could probably get him back to his best. was good at brentford— JC (@John654i5) July 11, 2019
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