By Kevin Phillips

8th Aug, 2021 | 8:30pm

Phillips 'wowed' by Aston Villa recruitment update and tips system change

Aston Villa may change formation to a 3-5-2 to accommodate new signing Danny Ings.

That is the view of former Claret and Blue Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how Dean Smith may lineup this season following the £25million addition of the 29-year-old.

Villa confirmed the signing of Ings on a three-year deal on August 4th.

The England striker became Dean Smith’s fourth signing of the summer window, following the arrivals of Emi Buendia, Ashley Young and Leon Bailey.

The Midlands clubs have also since sealed the signing of Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on a season-long loan.

When asked by Football Insider how the new signings would fit in, Phillips said: “The only thing is, that Dean Smith does not really play with two up top.

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“Perhaps Ings and Ollie Watkins will share the load but you would like to think that, coming in for £25million, that Danny Ings will be coming in with the promise that he will play week in, week out.

“Perhaps it will be a change of system from Villa next season to accommodate both of them with Buendia and Bailey in behind them.

“I mean wow, what a forward line that would be. There is a lot of goal threats in there.

“Ings is great playing in two. Watkins can do a lot of the link up play and then Ings can play on the shoulder.

“Considering they have signed Young as well, perhaps they will go for a 3-5-2 with Buendia behind them.” 

In other news, Agbonlahor reveals why Aston Villa have delivered a statement of intent with the signing of Leon Bailey.