Aston Villa are saving potentially “huge sums” by investing in their scouting department. 

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after this site revealed on Monday that Villa were set to add Adam Henshall to their recruitment team.

Henshall was previously employed by Doncaster Rovers and news of his appointment as head of emerging talents was confirmed 24 hours later via Villa’s official website.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Villa are set to follow up their £88million transfer expenditure in 2020-21 with more big spending in the summer.

Maguire highlighted the lofty ambitions of Villa owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris and explained that recruitment is essential for the club’s balance sheets.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “For an ambitious club like Villa, it’s absolutely essential. Because every time you have a player that comes through the ranks, it’s saving you money.

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“You save the fee entirely if it’s someone recruited at youth level. You want to make sure you buy players in the right ballpark.

“Villa and, say, Everton have got owners who are very similar in nature. They need someone that’s good at recruitment because, yes, they will be wanting to sign good footballers but they aren’t able to go out and spend £500m on players in the £50-60m bracket in a single season.

“As a result of that, every player that comes through the ranks is potentially saving you huge sums.”

Villa appointed Johan Lange as head of the club’s recruitment department in July 2020.

He has overseen several successful signings, including those of Emiliano Martinez, Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash.

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