By John Wenham

5th Nov, 2022 | 7:00am

Pundit demands backroom change at Aston Villa after 'phenomenal blow'

Aston Villa must put an end to their “dreadful” recruitment if they are to progress under Unai Emery.

That is according to Spurs expert John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.

Emery officially started work on Wednesday (2 November) after a minor issue with his work permit was resolved.

Sources told Football Insider last week (27 October) that the club’s owners are set to hand Emery a “huge” transfer kitty for the January and summer transfer windows in 2023.

However, Wenham claims this won’t solve anything unless Villa’s recruitment team is overhauled.

“Let’s rewind a bit on Villa, obviously they made a huge summer signing in Diego Carlos and they lost him immediately,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“That was a phenomenal blow because he is a Brazil international, a multiple-time Europa League winner and he was the bedrock of that Sevilla team.

“I’m not saying he would dominate in English football but it’s a fair assumption to say he would be a big part of that side.

“I don’t know about Kamara, he seems to have done nothing since he came in. Douglas Luiz has gone off the boil even though Arsenal wanted to sign him.

“You look at the money spent. A lot of money has been wasted. £45million on Buendia, complete waste of money.

“So it’s all well and good backing the manager but the recruitment has to improve significantly if we are going to see any difference.”

Gerrard signed seven senior players during the summer of 2022.

Emery’s first game comes against Manchester United on Sunday (6 November).

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has demanded a Premier League law change after an Emiliano Martinez controversy at Aston Villa.