By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa announced the signing of Ritchie De Laet on Tuesday afternoon, and Villa fans have reacted buoyantly to the signing.
The Midlands club revealed the signing of the right-back on their official Twitter account, with the former Leicester player agreeing a three-year deal at the club.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 23, 2016
The Belgium international will now compete with a spot in the first team with Leandro Bacuna and Alan Hutton.
Fans of the Villans have reacted positively to the signing, applauding the club on its summer business, but some still have their reservations about De Laet.
Here are a selection of their views on Twitter:
I dont rate Richie De Laet what so ever but hopefully he can do a job #AVFC
— Cormac Joyce (@joyce_cormac) August 23, 2016
As a Villa fan, I've felt more joy in the past few weeks than I have for about 2 years. Ritchie De Laet! 🙌🙌 #avfc
— Isca Rose (@Isca_Rose) August 23, 2016
— Ryan (@R_Barrett44) August 23, 2016
If you aren't excited by de laet. Then think back to the days of signing yacouba sylla #avfc
— james brimson (@jimborees) August 23, 2016
If we can get Das Bost alongside De Laet & Jedinak, I'll be happy. We're building a strong squad – getting excited about this season! #AVFC
— Elliot Morgan (@El_Morg) August 23, 2016
Need to be cautious at Bristol City, 2 players to be introduced into the side. De Laet & Jedinak might take tIme to settle. On the up. #AVFC
— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) August 23, 2016
— Lambö (@LamboOneFive) August 23, 2016
De Laet, 27, made 15 appearances for Leicester in their title-winning campaign last season, which included a goal against Aston Villa.
The two-time capped Belgium international spent the second half of the season on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough, playing 10 times and helping the north east club win promotion back to the top-flight.
Roberto Di Matteo has already brought in Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola, Ross McCormack, James Chester and Mile Jedinak this summer.
The Italian boss is keen to return Villa to the Premier League at the first time of asking and outspoken chairman Tony Xia has also been vocal about adding another striker to the squad.
The Midlands club have the bonus of not playing in midweek after a shock exit to Luton in the EFL Cup first round and they will travel to Bristol City in the club’s next fixture on Saturday.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa’s Twitter-friendly chairman Tony Xia has dismissed the possibility that his side will buy Wolfsburg targetman Bas Dost.