Transfer Window Review: Aston Villa
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Five word review: Retaining as good as buying.
In: Libor Kozak (Lazio, £7m), Jores Okore (Nordsjaelland, £4m), Leandro Bacuna (Groningen £3m), Aleksander Tonev (Lech Poznan, £2.5m), Antonio Luna (Seville, £2m), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, £1.2m rising to £2m), Liam Prynn (Torquay, £50,000), Jed Steer (Norwich, Free).
Out: Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace, £1m), Courtney Cameron (Torquay, Free), Brett Holman (Al Nasr, Free), Eric Lichaj (Nottm Fst, Free), Jean Makoun (Rennes, Free), Derrick Williams (Bristol City, Free), Graham Burke (Shrewsbury, Loan), Richard Dunne (QPR, Free), Andrew Marshall (Millwall, Free), Darren Bent (Fulham, Loan), Samir Carruthers (MK Dons, Loan), Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool, Loan), Enda Stevens (Notts County, Loan).
Released: Stiliyan Petrov, Calum Barrett, Joshua Barton, Daniel Devine.
– Kept hold of Christian Benteke – better than any other signing they could have made.
– Sneaky, unexpected late signing of Libor Kozak to provide extra firepower and give the fans a little treat.
– Paul Lambert has shifted a lot of what he had decided was deadwood.
– There’s still a fair bit of deadwood left. The likes of Shay Given and Alan Hutton are still hanging on by the skin of their pay packets.
– A bit of quality lacking in midfield, perhaps? Maybe that’s a bit harsh as long as the likes of Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood maintain form and fitness.