Alan Hutton has tipped Aston Villa to land “two or three quality signings” who could go straight into the starting XI this summer.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, also admitted keeping Jack Grealish would be “huge” for his old side.
Speaking to Sky Sports, manager Dean Smith confessed he was not expecting a “massive” summer in terms of transfers.
He suggested the focus would be on strengthening the quality in depth among the Villa squad ahead of next season.
Hutton admitted he expected the Villans to add some serious competition for starting roles in certain positions.
However, he insisted keeping the likes of Grealish would be as important as new additions
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I don’t think they’re far off it. The starting XI is strong, obviously keeping hold of Jack is going to be huge.
“If they can do that and add two or three quality signings that would be huge as well. I’m not necessarily meaning squad players. I mean people that are going to come in and fight for the first XI. That’s what they’ll be looking for.
“If you look at certain positions on the field, right-back with Elmohamady leaving, left-back with Neil Taylor leaving. Matty Cash and Matt Targett have done well but you need competition.”
Villa broke their transfer record to sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford last summer.
They also added Matty Cash, Bertrand Traore and Emi Martinez on permanent deals, while Ross Barkley joined on loan.
Midfielder Morgan Sanson was the only new arrival in the January window.