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Chinese businessman Tony Xia has promised a lot since taking control at Aston Villa.

He was instantly tasked with the very tough job of redirecting a relegated Premier League team back to the big-time in a Championship that has never looked so competitive.

The first season that Villa had in England’s second-tier was utterly forgettable, but proved to be a vital springboard for the club’s current success.

Roberto Di Matteo did not last long before he was sacked and replaced by the experienced Steve Bruce, who managed to halt a slide down the table to rescue a mid-table finish.

Bruce has built upon that this term and now has the West Midlands giants fighting at the top end of the table.

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To get them there, Xia has had to pump money into the club and although he has hit a brick wall over the last 12 months due to Financial Fair Play, it appears to have really got the best out of the recruitment chiefs at Villa Park.

Xia has overseen some dreadful signings at Aston Villa in his first year and a half at the helm.

Here, Football Insider picks out the five worst investments that Xia has funded since arriving in the West Midlands.

 

Click below to find out who sits fifth in our list of Xia’s first worst investments…