The West Midlanders, who were sixth in Europe for January spending, sprung into action this summer, signing midfielder Boubacar Kamara the day after the Premier League season ended.
Additionally, the Villa ownership moved quickly to make Philippe Coutinho’s loan agreement permanent for £17 million and to improve Steven Gerrard’s defensive options by bringing in centre back Diego Carlos from Sevilla for £26 million, as well as Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen and his fellow countryman Ludwig Augustinsson in separate deals.
After signing Lucas Digne and Calum Chambers in January, Preece now believes that Gerrard won’t take too long to put together the team he wants in front of his first full season at Villa Park.
I believe we’re still missing one or two players from having that entire team, he remarked.
Naturally, the midfielder was brought in to provide Gerrard the tough rivalry he loves and craves.
When they return from Oz, I believe they will look at the issues of [Cameron] Archer and [Keinan] Davis.
“I believe one of those two will most likely go, and I believe a new striker may possibly join. “For me, I’m just missing a midfielder and a striker to have a full squad.”
Villa’s owners haven’t been reluctant to spend money since they made their Premier League comeback, shelling out £133 million in the summer before the club’s first season back in the top division in 2019–20.
Before the January transfer window, the total had increased to £330 million. While some of the players, like Wesley, who cost the club £22 million but only made four league appearances in the past two seasons, didn’t pan out, Gerrard took over a strong team that needed some fine-tuning from Dean Smith.
The Villans are rumoured to be interested in midfield enforcer Ibrahim Sangare, although Cameron Archer should remain because of his strong play moving forward.
He scored seven goals while playing on loan for Preston North End in the Championship last season, and Preece (5:24) was quite complimentary of him after his goal in the preseason victory against Walsall last Saturday.
With Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins already at the club and the possibility of letting Keinan Davis leave, one would imagine Bodymoor Heath would be seeking to add a fourth striker given the former Rangers manager’s sporadic inclination to play with two forwards.