Former Premier League boss Sam Allardyce has questioned the recruitment done by Aston Villa this summer on Talk Sport.
Speaking as a pundit on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Everton boss thinks Dean Smith might have added too many players.
Villa were promoted following their Play-Off Final victory over Derby County in May and the boss has been busy.
The signing of Trezeguet is their ninth of the summer, with the total spend now edging over the £100 million mark.
Allardyce sees similarities with Fulham who spent heavily last season and were then relegated.
He told Talk Sport: “It’s too many players; it’s too many to deal with.
“You can look at similar clubs that have done the same. Everton, when Romelu Lukaku left, they brought in seven or eight players and it became a struggle.
“For £100 million, I’d want three players. I have to question the quality of the player when you’re stretching £100 million out over nine players. It just cannot happen.”
Villa kick-off their Premier League campaign with a daunting looking trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
This once again smacks of Sam Allardyce talking absolute rubbish.
Villa’s signings have been decent and protect the future of the football club.
The likes of Matt Targett, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause and Ezri Konsa are all set for bright futures in the game and could be shrewd investments.
Wesley, Bjorn Engels and Trezeguet are perhaps unknown quantities but Villa have snapped them up at decent prices.
Had Villa done what Allardyce suggested and spent £100 million on three players, the risk element would have been massive.
No fewer than 10 players departed Villa Park in the summer and that left Smith with lots of gaps to plug in his squad.
Three players wouldn’t have cut it for Smith so Allardyce’s research clearly leaves a lot to be desired.
The proof will obviously come when the campaign gets underway but on the whole Villa’s dealings look sound.