Aston Villa chief Tony Xia reacts to gambler criticism
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has hit back at fans who have criticised the club’s heavy spending this season.
Since Xia took ownership of the club in June, Aston Villa have spent heavily on reinforcements to help them regain promotion back to the Premier League.
However, the club are currently 13th in the Championship after 22 games, and with several of the club’s summer signings failing to impress and some fans have criticised the club’s strategy.
One Villa fan questioned Xia on Twitter on Friday, asking if the club were “gambling” on promotion or if it was a genuine ambition for the season.
But the outspoken Xia hit back quickly on his personal Twitter account, insisting that he was not a gambling man, and urged the fans to be patient.
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@Dr_TonyXia Do you know what you’re doing? We’re 13th + spent £60m and plan to spend more in Jan. Are you gambling on us going up first try?
— AVFC SUPER FAN (@VillianRoar) December 22, 2016
We’re going up and we’ll be there, sooner or later,sooner will be better. It takes time. I Don’t like any gambling, personally. https://t.co/dqPpMqpCwQ
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) December 23, 2016
According to vitalfootball.co.uk, Aston Villa spent over £60 million on new recruits this summer, even more than relegated counterparts, Newcastle.
The club spent £12 million on Ross McCormack, but the former Leeds striker has scored just twice from 17 games in all competitions.
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, another summer signing, has also come under criticism by Villa fans. Each of the club’s acquisitions were brought in by former boss Roberto Di Matteo, who was dismissed in October.
Under Steve Bruce, Villa have lost just two of their last 10 league games, and he will be considering putting his own stamp on the squad next month.
In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce is expected to make two changes to his side to face Burton on Boxing Day.