Following Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League last season, Dean Smith will be keen to improve his squad via the transfer market ahead of his side’s first campaign back in the top flight. There’s certainly plenty of work for the manager to do at Villa Park.
In order for his team to thrive in the top tier, it will need an injection of Premier League experience. In order to source this, Smith should look to the free agents currently available and seriously consider making a move to sign Shinji Okazaki. The 33-year-old forward will leave Leicester City this summer upon the expiry of his contract.
In his four years at the King Power Stadium, the 119-cap Japan international certainly succeeded in making an impact. Okazaki played a key role in the Foxes’ remarkable 2015/16 title-winning campaign. He may now be in the twilight of his career, but he still has something to offer.
He represents an affordable target for Smith to add some depth to his attacking ranks with. What’s more, the veteran attacker would bring plenty of Premier League experience to Villa Park. Okazaki is a reliable, hard-working player who always puts a shift in for his team. When it comes to bolstering his squad, signing Okazaki as a free agent would be a smart way for Smith to go about it.