Tony Xia reveals Aston Villa masterplan: All signings must have these three qualities
By Amir Mir
Tony Xia has revealed all new Aston Villa signings this summer must have character, English experience and a willingness to fight for the club.
The 39-year-old Villa owner gave some insight into the club’s transfer policy as they set their sights on a series of new arrivals in the final weeks of the summer window.
Xia has claimed that up to eight more players could join the Roberto Di Matteo revolution this month to join the four players who have already signed.
Speaking on Twitter on Tuesday night, the outspoken Chinese Tycoon revealed the qualities that the club are looking for in their new signings.
Xia said on his personal Twitter account that the players must have “mentality and character”, “Championship or Premier League experience” and be “willing to fight for Villa”.
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Our basic principles 4 ins:1,mentality&character 1st priority;2,championship experience/premier is a+;
3;willing to fight for Villa!
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 9, 2016
The Midlands club have signed striker Ross McCormack, midfielder Aaron Tshibola, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and defender Tommy Elphick this summer for a combined fee of £24 million.
Elphick was made club captain by Di Matteo with the hard hitting defender showing his leadership qualities in the club’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
The likes of Hull striker Abel Hernandez, Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison and West Brom defender James Chester have been linked with a move to Villa Park in recent weeks.
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