By Danny Mills

19th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

Mills shares verdict on Aston Villa signing defender after major reveal

Danny Mills has insisted Aston Villa will not panic in the transfer market after their defeat to Watford on the opening day.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender claimed Villa have done some “very good business” this summer and will get “much better in the coming weeks”.

Dean Smith’s side were easily carved open at Vicarage Road as Watford went 3-0 up after 67 minutes.

A John McGinn goal and a Danny Ings penalty in the dying stages meant the game ended 3-2 to the home side.

Birmingham Live‘s Ashley Preece reported yesterday (17 August) that the club’s transfer business is all but done unless a shock deal arises.

Asked whether the result may see the Midlands club look to sign a defender before the window closes, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild: “Maybe, but Villa did some very good business.

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“They knew Jack Grealish was going so they did their business early and weren’t held to ransom by other teams.

“It’s one game against newly-promoted opposition and they can make it difficult. Watford had nothing to lose in that scenario. It’s difficult to play against teams who have nothing to lose, they can just go at it.

“The Watford dressing room was probably saying ‘Let’s just go at them, let’s try and catch them cold, they won’t know what’s going to hit them’. That happens sometimes.

“Villa will learn from it. They’ll work on what they need to work on this week and I’m sure there’ll be much better in the coming weeks.”

Aston Villa have signed three players to replace talismanic captain Jack Grealish.

In defence, they have added Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United.

In other news, Aston Villa have been tipped to pip Spurs to the signing of a “brilliant England international”.