By Amir Mir

Ex-Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has urged the club’s midfielders to raise their games ahead of the new Championship season as he described Ross McCormack a “very solid” signing.

The club announced on their website on Thursday morning that the Londoners’ 21-goal forward had joined for £12million from Fulham and penned a four-year deal at Villa Park.

Collymore is known for his outspoken views on his former club as they enter unknown territory this season and he urged the new-look team to provide the assistance needed for the Scotland international.

“Ross Mc. Very solid signing, creates as well as finishes,” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account. “Time our MF stepped up with some service. Let’s give the kid the ammo. #UTV.”

Collymore, a former Nottingham Forrest striker wowed the City Ground supporters as he notched up 50 goals in 78 games in the top-tier for the club during a three-year spell that was the most prolific of his career, but he never reached such heights at Villa.

But the ex-Liverpool man has backed McCormack who has scored 116 goals in 306 Championship games to be a hit at Villa Park.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has signed youngster Aaron Tshibola from Reading, who at this moment in time is an unknown prospect.

But with only six goals between the likes of Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez, Jordan Veretout, Jack Grealish, Scott Sinclair, the now departed Idrissa Gueye and Leandro Bacuna last season, there is no surprise the Midlands outfit suffered relegation.

However, Villa may line-up with a new midfield with the possibility of academy graduate Gary Gardner, new signing Tshibola playing in the middle of the park, with Grealish and teenager Andre Green as wide players.

Their first test is against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon at Hillsborough.

In other Aston Villa team news, manager Roberto Di Matteo pin-points the qualities of the club’s new £12 million signing.