By Amir Mir

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has aimed a dig at his predecessors by stating that the club is “preparing by actions not words”.

Chinese businessman Xia purchased the Midlands club in June, taking ownership from the much-criticised Randy Lerner.

The American witnessed Villa suffer relegation from the Premier League last season, with supporters protesting on numerous occasions at the running of the club.

Chief Executive Tom Fox was one of those under fire throughout the humiliating campaign, which saw the Villa Park outfit record just three wins in the league.

Now, owner Xia has aimed an apparent dig at his predecessors on his personal Twitter account.

During the summer of 2015, Villa spent over £50 million on transfers, mainly inexperienced players from abroad, but that model did not work out as it led to their first relegation in nearly three decades.

Additionally, last January, Villa failed to purchase a single player during the transfer window, despite sitting rock-bottom of the Premier League table at that time.

Since Xia’s arrival in the summer, Villa have broken the Championship transfer record on two occasions, signing strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia, respectively.

They are currently six points off the final play-off spot, with promotion expert Steve Bruce at the helm.

But Xia has promised the former Premier League manager that they will invest in players when the transfer window opens next month.

They have been heavily linked with the likes of Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson and Manchester United academy goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

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