Aston Villa manager, Dean Smith, has admitted that the club remains in the hunt for new players with just over a week of the transfer window remaining.
The Villans have been active once again this summer, adding the likes of Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, and Matty Cash to their ranks.
Manager Smith has once again been backed by the owners to the tune of over £80m but, speaking amid rumours of a move for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Villa boss admits he feels the squad is ‘light’ in midfield.
“We don’t want too many more because we don’t want to be stockpiling players but we want to add some quality where we can,” Smith told Birmingham Live.
“We’re just looking at the midfield area at the moment and we’ve got John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Makamba, Conor Hourihane and Jack who can also play there but we feel he’s a bit more productive playing off the left, so we’re a little bit light in there. It’s certainly an area we’re looking at.”
The name of Loftus-Cheek is the latest to emerge for Smith when it comes to adding new players. The England man is out of favour at Chelsea, with Frank Lampard making a host of new additions this summer.
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It’s great that Smith can add new players but surely the pressure is on for the Villa boss to now succeed further than just being in a relegation scrap?
The signings he’s made are for big money and of good quality, too. The addition of Loftus-Cheek would be another fine player to the squad but it would increase the pressure.
This is all well and good for the Villa boss, but he now must deliver.