Aston Villa managed to complete their incoming activity prior to the intense transfer deadline day.
No fewer than 12 new players arrived at Villa Park and Dean Smith’s men look finely poised to have a decent season.
Of course, the proof will come in the way of results. How quickly all the new recruits blend into the squad could be telling.
The deadline day didn’t pass without any activity at Villa Park.
John McGinn penned a new deal, whilst some players headed for the exit door ahead of Saturday’s first Premier League game.
One of those players was Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason. The Icelandic performer arrived at Villa from FC Basel in 2017 for an undisclosed fee.
In 54 appearances for the club, he scored six goals and proved a popular figure among the Villa supporters.
With a plethora of midfield options at Smith’s disposal, Bjarnason has fallen down the pecking order.
During 2018/19 he featured in 17 games but started just 11 and wasn’t in the squad for any of the club’s play-off games.
Releasing him from his contract will allow the player to find himself a new club outside of the transfer window.
He leaves with Villa fans’ best wishes, however, and they’ve taken to Twitter to wish him well:
My hero gone. Genuinely gutted
— Jack Powell (@powelly1874) August 8, 2019
Bit random but fair enough
— Jamie🦁 (@___JamieAVFC___) August 8, 2019
Wtf wasn’t expecting that
— Matt (@MainManMiIe) August 8, 2019
Didn’t see that coming 🤷♂️ wish him the best of luck
— Jak 🐍 (@JakBatty1) August 8, 2019
So long, my Icelandic Prince
— Stevie Green (@StevieGreenXI) August 8, 2019
Strange one, fair play to the club for allowing him to move on & get playing time at a club where he's of more importance, but expected him to be leaving for a fee or loan with option/obligation to buy. Decent player & good guy.
Good luck on your travels Thor.#AVFC
— Craig (@CraigXVI) August 8, 2019
good luck BB, you was a talented player & i’m sad it didn’t work out #utv
— Matthew Rose (@M91_rose) August 8, 2019
That's a shame, but fair play to the club for letting him get on with his career elsewhere.
— Mardybum (@T2Mardybum) August 8, 2019
A hammer blow for Thor , wish him all the best for the future never let us down .
— CarterTony🦁 (@MrAnthonyCarter) August 8, 2019
— Matt (@MattRaybould1) August 8, 2019
Good Luck BB! So underrated! 😢
— Kynan Fitzpatrick (@Kynanfitz) August 8, 2019
Nice player, but behind grealish, mcginn, hourihane fringe squad player at least he didn't hang on for a a pay day wants to play football all the best.
— Mal Smith (@realmalsmithy) August 8, 2019