By Amir Mir

Danny Murphy has lambasted Aston Villa’s summer spending spree by stating they have spent money on average players.

The Championship club spent over £50million on nine players during the recently concluded summer transfer window under ex-boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Villa broke the Championship transfer record on two occasions with the purchase of £12million striker Ross McCormack and £15million forward Jonathan Kodjia.

Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy was critical of the recruitment process of the Midlands club by slamming the amounts of money spent.

“They’ve so overspent on players,” said Murphy as quoted by the Daily Star. “Some of the money they have spent on average players is ridiculous, absolutely ludicrous.”

Villa purchased Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola, Ross McCormack, James Chester, Ritchie De Laet, Mile Jedinak, Jonathan Kodjia and Albert Adomah during the summer window.

However, results on the pitch did not materialise with the claret & blue club picking up one win in 11 league games, which saw manager Di Matteo being axed after just 124 days in charge.

Villa host Midlands rivals Wolves on October 15, with Steve Clarke in interim charge of the club, as Steve Bruce remains the bookies favourite to take over the Villa Park post.

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