Aston Villa have attracted better players to the club after Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings penned new deals, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs goalkeeper believes Villa boss Dean Smith is now building the team around captain Grealish.
Villa have added Matty Cash, Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez, Bertrand Traore and most recently Ross Barkley this window.
Barkley joined on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea this week while the rest were permanent acquisitions.
Meanwhile this month Grealish signed a new five-year contract and Mings put pen-to-paper on a fresh four year deal.
And Robinson believes their business this summer has been spent a lot better than it was last season.
He told Football Insider: “They’re two very, very good signings aren’t they? Mings and Grealish.
“I think it’s important to tie those two down.
“The signings that they’ve made as well, Ollie Watkins he’s a good signing.
“I think those three signings are better than the business that they did last year.
“They spent a lot of money, not wisely in some cases but I do think they will have a better season, this season.
“Grealish committing his future is a big one and it gives the manager a little bit more power in the transfer market because they’ve kept hold of Grealish and he can build the team around him.
“If other players are seeing that they are keeping the like of Grealish, the likes of Mings and they don’t want to leave it attracts good players.
“They’ve got Ollie Watkins who has come in and there’s the backbone of a good team there.”