Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has insisted things will be ‘easier this season’ after the club narrowly escaped Premier League relegation last time around.

Villa spent close to £150m on players last summer, only to find themselves in a relegation battle for a large chunk of the season and eventually staying afloat in the top flight by just a single point.

The poor transfer strategy cost Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch his job at the club, and he has since been replaced by former FC Copenhagen Director of Football Johan Lange at Villa Park.

Manager Dean Smith revealed he has been in dialogue with Lange regarding signings.
When asked by club media about potential incomings this summer, Smith said:

“Wheels are in motion, that was the reason I stopped back, to sit down with Johan and strategically plan what we are going to do.

“Nobody is satisfied with finishing 17th in the league – owners, supporters, players and coaching staff. So we need to improve the squad. We improved after the lockdown and Project Restart and we need to improve again because we don’t want a season of struggles.”

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