By Amir Mir
New Aston Villa technical director Steve Round has praised the remarkable turnaround at Aston Villa after the club secured nine summer transfers and 15 players were moved out of Villa Park.
Round was recruited on September 1 and part of his remit is an overhaul of the club’s scouting system.
Round spoke highly of the moves made this summer by manager Roberto Di Matteo, owner Tony Xia and chief executive Keith Wyness, as they aim for instant promotion back to the Premier League.
“I am confident, it was a positive summer,” said Round in the Express and Star. “The job that Keith, Tony and Roberto have done has been remarkable.
“To get so many players traded in and out, to bring a healthy squad to Aston Villa, has been very impressive.
“They now need to develop that cohesion, which isn’t going to happen overnight, to play attacking and effective football. I have full confidence we will do that.”
Villa broke the Championship record twice this summer with the transfers of striker Ross McCormack for £12million and Bristol City frontman Jonathan Kodjia for £15million.
Di Matteo also added Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola, James Chester, Mile Jedinak, Ritchie De Laet and Albert Adomah to his Championship squad.
High-profile names to leave Villa Park include Joleon Lescott, Ciaran Clark, Idrissa Ghana, Brad Guzan and Jores Okore.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s summer signing wants to take responsibility for a Premier League push.