Aston Villa's spending spree is continuing.
The surprise moves follows deals for Ezra Konsa and Tyrone Mings, both completed within the past week.
Promoted teams spending big is not always a recipe for success. Fulham found that out last year.
The timing of Aston Villa's transfers gives them an advantage.
If the transfer window ended today, Villa could be happy with their business.
There is unlikely to be a late flurry.
Villa are getting their deals done early, before the majority of their pre-season games get underway.
The team are signing the players they want, rather than settling for opportunist buys at the end of the transfer window, for players teams cannot otherwise shift.
There are no panic moves, instead, Villa are carefully snapping up players who are at a good age, and have great potential to improve.
Manager Dean Smith now has plenty of time to work with his new recruits before the season starts, to ensure he can mould them into a team and get the season off to a bright start.
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