By Matt Farr
Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has promised fans that the club will not “waste” their money in the transfer market this summer.
The Chinese businessman took to his personal Twitter account on Saturday night to inform fans that the club will spend money this summer on whatever is required, but that it will be done with intelligence and better planning than in the past.
We're getting everything planned better including transfers. We'll spend on whatever needed but also learn to avoid wasting. No more rumors.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) May 20, 2017
He said: “We’re getting everything planned better including transfers. We’ll spend on whatever needed but also learn to avoid wasting. No more rumors.”
Xia, 40, arrived at Villa Park just over a year ago, but has already overseen the arrival of as many as 17 different first-team players.
Some of the club’s signings this season, particularly those under the management of Roberto Di Matteo during last summer, have been met with mixed reviews by fans, but Xia has promised no more money will be wasted.
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, attacker Ross McCormack and defender Ritchie De Laet – all Di Matteo signings – are among the new arrivals that have endured the most criticism this term.
McCormack cost the club £12million, but scored just three goals from 22 appearances before falling-out with current chief Steve Bruce.
The £15million splashed out on goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia, on the other hand, proved to be money well spent by the club.
Bruce, meanwhile, made eight of his own additions during the January transfer window, but it took several weeks before Aston Villa reaped the rewards on the pitch.
The club have already been linked with a host of names this summer, as Bruce looks to continue his overhaul of the first-team squad in his bid to build a team worthy of a return to the Premier League.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are reportedly plotting a swoop for this 77-cap international who could leave his Premier League club.