4) Buy players with Championship experience
Villa need to strengthen and in doing so, bring in players who have the experience of success in the division.
Burnley’s decision to sign Joey Barton last season proved to be a master stroke as the midfielder played a vital part in the Clarets securing an immediate return to the Premier League.
Villa is still an attractive club for many players, despite the recent events both on and off the pitch. The chance of helping this great club return to the top flight presents potential targets with an interesting challenge.
As already discussed, the Championship is a long and physically demanding league. The experience of previously playing in the division is invaluable.
Di Matteo’s own experience of the division and that of his assistant manager Steve Clarke should help with identifying suitable targets. The new manager will undoubtedly have already identified a number of targets and it is hoped with the financial backing of our new owners that Di Matteo will be able to bring in players who will provide the necessary credentials for the season ahead.
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