Aston Villa handed 'massive' transfer boost after behind-the-scenes development - Hutton
The opening of a new training centre will hand Aston Villa a “massive” boost in the transfer market, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested prospective signings would jump at the chance to work at the new facility at Bodymoor Heath.
Villa announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art training hub on Tuesday.
Aston Villa Football Club is proud to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge today officially opened the new High Performance Centre at the Club's Bodymoor Heath Training Ground.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 4, 2021
The centre will be used by both the men and women’s senior sides as well as academy squads.
However, work is not complete with new multi-media analysis facilities, coaching and meeting areas and more set to be finished for the summer.
Hutton insisted the new development proved Villa’s ambition moving forward.
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As such, he suggested new players would be swayed into joining.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think it shows players, even players that they want to attract to the club, this is the direction we’re going in. This is what we’re improving, this is what we’re trying to do.
“That helps in the process of signing a player. When they see those sort of facilities, where they’ll be training day-to-day, it’s massive as a player.
“Obviously it depends where you’ve come from but if you’re brought into this sort of training ground with all these facilities: the swimming pool, the perfect gym, the doctor’s suites, the physio rooms, the changing rooms, you start thinking this is a top, top team that are going places.
“As a player coming in and seeing that, it just makes you feel that little bit special. It’s like: ‘This team wants me. They’re showing me all this and I want to be part of it.'”
Villa broke their transfer record to sign Ollie Watkins for £28million last summer.
They also brought in Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez, Matty Cash and Ross Barkley.
French midfielder Morgan Sanson was the only senior arrival in January.