By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken chairman Tony Xia has disclosed a conversation he had with manager Steve Bruce of the Aston Villa squad size.
The Midlands giants have spent heavily since the Chinese businessman took over last summer and he brought in a total of 16 new players over the course of his first season in charge.
This summer Vila have also added experienced quartet John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady, Chris Samba and Glenn Whelan alongside the loan capture of Sam Johnstone.
This has taken the senior squad size to above 30 and chairman Xia shared on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that him and Bruce have talked about cutting the squad size down to “19-20” in order to give more youngsters a chance.
One thing we and SB made the agreement is to trim the squad to 19-20 and pick 5-6 youngsters to train with the 1st squad this season. https://t.co/D41oy9ywjH
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 21, 2017
Aston Villa fans will be happy to see Xia keep the club’s youngsters in mind with the Midlands side bringing such players as Gary Cahill, Gareth Barry and Darius Vassell through their youth ranks in the past.
Supporters will also keen to see the club cut their ties with several senior players, including the likes of Tommy Elphick, Micah Richards and Aaron Tshibola.
Bruce’s side will also be aiming to win promotion back to the Premier League in the next campaign and a mix of youth and experience could be key for the prestigious club.
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