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Smith can endear himself to Aston Villa fans by signing Bentley

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Smith can endear himself to Aston Villa fans by signing Bentley

Dean Smith’s first act in the January transfer window should be to bring Daniel Bentley to Aston Villa.

Smith has just been appointed as Aston Villa manager, leaving Brentford to take over in the West Midlands.

And he might decide to raid his old club to sign players who have Championship experience and plenty of talent.

The most pressing concern at Aston Villa is the goalkeeper department.

Sam Johnstone did not return after two successful loan spells and the Villans have missed his presence in goal.

Orjan Nyland and Mark Bunn have not been adequate replacements, while Andre Moreira is an unknown quantity.


With Jed Steer out on loan at Charlton Athletic, Smith might need to dip into the transfer market to solve this problem.

And there are very few goalkeepers in the Championship who would trump Bentley.

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The 25-year-old is still young but has plenty of experience in the Football League. He played over 150 times for Southend United before his move to West London.

And he has since played over 100 games for the Bees, establishing himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the division.

Bentley would be the perfect long-term choice for Aston Villa.

He knows Smith well and he is destined to become a Premier League goalkeeper in the near future.

Wrapping this deal up would immediately endear Smith to his new supporters.

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