Dean Smith defends Aston Villa summer transfer activity amid Tottenham manager's warning

Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa during a press conference at Villa Park Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Villa have been criticised from some quarters, with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino saying "look what happened with Fulham".

Dean Smith the head coach

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has responded to the criticism from some quarters regarding the club's summer transfer activity, in conversation with Sky Sports News.

The Premier League new-boys, promoted via the Championship playoffs last season, are believed to have spent upwards of £140million on bolstering their ranks.

A dozen players have joined Villa this summer, with some signing permanently following loan deals (Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Anwar El Ghazi) along with completely new arrivals.

 

Given what happened last season with 2017-18 playoff victors Fulham, who brought in many new players and ended up being relegated after one season, some have warned that the same could happen to Villa.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, ahead of his side's meeting with the Villans, told reporters: “[Villa] have signed a lot of players, an amazing investment, but it is not always easy. Look what happened with Fulham last season. The most important thing is to have time to build the team. You invest a lot of money on players, but it is about making that work." (Daily Express)

There are counter-arguments, however, such as the fact Villa also saw many departures over the summer, and as reported in The Sun, club chiefs were drawing up one list of targets in preparation for the Premier League and another for a likely fourth season in the Championship as early as March and April.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

In addition, several of the new signings, including Mings, Jota, Ezri Konza and El Ghazi, have worked with Smith before, either on loan at the club last season or at Brentford.

"People can talk about a gamble but it wasn't a gamble to us - it was a necessity," Smith told Sky Sports News. "We had a squad of nine players left at the end of last season and we had to build on that.

"We know that being a Premier League team means that you've got to get some quality in. We've added quality but there's always been a bit of a connection with those players as well. It was integral that we kept the core of the team together."

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on November 01, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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