The Villains have only just begun this season’s transfer business back in the Premier League! Aston Villa is looking to ensure a side that can avoid relegation back to the Championship. Every team’s transfer news is available from our Premier League Team Primer! We’ll link to all our transfer write-ups and the latest Aston Villa transfer news! If you believe the hype around this transfer window, you should probably visit often (nudge nudge). Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice about this team’s transfers; there’s a whole lot more out than in.
Aston Villa transfers (incoming):
Tyrone Mings ($25M transfer from AFC Bournemouth): Mings is a big signing for Aston Villa as they try to shore up their defense before their first full season back in the Premier League. Mings didn’t perform particularly well at AFC Bournemouth, but he had very minimal opportunity for them. Even the season prior, Mings only appeared four times. I think Mings will continue to progress in his development. However, with his playing time dwindling at Bournemouth I think this is probably a good move for both sides. The Villains need some extra defensive help, and Mings needs the opportunity.
Wesley Moraes Ferreira da Silva “Wesley” ($24M from Club Brugge): Wesley joins Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Clube Brugge KV. Wesley appeared in 28 of the club’s 30 league games. He also made an additional 20 appearances throughout the various Cups and Champions League matches. In league play, he averaged a goal ever 225′ played, giving him ten league goals. To his credit, however, he provided almost as many assists as goals. Aston Villa was able to generate a bunch of goals, although they were about ten beneath the top-scoring teams. However, the Villains will need to replace 25 goals and three assists that were provided by a now-Premier League rival player from Chelsea in Tammy Abraham. I don’t know if Wesley can offset his whole production, but it’s a start. I think this is a good move for the club with a reasonable transfer fee. Without Abraham, some is going to need to score goals for the team — I expect Wesley to play a big part in it.
Douglas Luiz ($17M transfer from Man City): Luiz was on loan at Girona last year (as a member of Man City), where he was a part of most of their matches. Luiz plays more a ball-winning midfielder than a playmaker, and he did his job well. He contributed on both sides of the ball but wasn’t a particular threat (ok, he wasn’t a threat) on the offensive side other than in the build-up play. Luiz should slide into the first team as a backstop while Aston Villa presses forward (as they have done under Dean Smith). He should be able to combine well with Grealish and the wingers.
Ezri Konsa ($15M transfer from Brentford): The 21-year old central defender was ever-present for Brentford in the Championship. He would make a total of 47 appearances and even added a goal to the cause. He was a solid piece of what ended up being a very reasonable defense allowing only 59 goals and a solid mid-table finish. The Aston Villa transfer is an expensive one, but for a youngster with this level of promise, I still think it’s a good one. He’s joining Björn Engels as newcomers to Aston Villa in central defense.
Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan “Trezeguet” ($12M transfer from Kasimpasa): Trezeguet is a current Egyptian international that got his start in the same country. In August 2015, RSC Anderlecht brought him in on a paid loan (~$1M) where he caught the team’s eye and eventually joined them for another $2.5M in 2016. After only a year, the same situation repeated with Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super League. With Kasimpasa, he appeared primarily at his preferred left-wing, although he also appeared on the opposite flank and forward. He played well for the Turkish side making 38 appearances with nine goals and ten assists. Aston Villa hopes to get similar production out of the only left-winger on their side, which might suggest a change in formation.
Tom Heaton ($10M from Burnley): This move puzzles me, as the Villains in only January brought in Lovre Kalinic for $7M only in January. He was officially given the number one shirt, normally reserved for the starting keeper, but then they club signed Heaton. This brings the total of available keepers for the Villains to four, with two acquired in the last 8 months (for $7M+ each).
Neither of the two that have been brought in were particularly impressive. Heaton has Premier League experience, yes, but both he and Kalinic were more akin to a sieve in play. I think that there will have to be some clarification regarding this situation, however even squad number assignment doesn’t really clarify.I’m hesitant to make too much of an assessment until we know more about the roles the keepers are expected to play.
Björn Engels ($9M transfer from Reims): The 24-year central defender had been a stalwart for Reims in Ligue 1 last season. He made 33 starts for Reims, playing the full 90 minutes each time. He would also make two appearances in the French Cup, where he would actually play 210 minutes (two complete games plus extra time). Although not the most important part of his game, he also aided the cause with one goal and one assist. Aston Villa was among the highest teams for goals allowed in the Championship last season. While I expect Engels to help, it may still be a sore spot for the club. The Villains have retooled the whole defensive line, but my guess is that Mings and Konsa will join Engels in the lineup for most matches,
Anwar El Ghazi ($9M LOSC Lille): On June 30th, Ghazi will “return” to LOSC Lille before his transfer goes through taking him back to Aston Villa. Ghazi was a member of the promotion-winning side from the Championship. He was unable to provide the same level of production as Tammy Abraham. However, I would guess that his relative lack of production is more because of Abraham than anything else. Despite competing for stats with Abraham, El Ghazi still managed six goals and six assists. Like Wesley, I expect his role to only get bigger within this team. Expect to see long shots and key passes provided by El Ghazi. I think his assist numbers will jump up for this season. However, he’s been a vital part of their build-up play; so the assist number isn’t an entirely accurate display of his role. El Ghazi provides a high number of crosses for the team as well. His official transfer should allow him to increase his value to Aston Villa, possibly by adding to his two Man of the Match performances. Overall, I think this is an excellent transfer pick up for Aston Villa. He’s already shown that he can provide additional value to the side. So far, he hasn’t even been a permanent member of the side, which the transfer changes.
Kortney Hause ($3.5M Wolves): Hause spent the first half of last season with the Wolves first team. Despite being a part of that, he would make the bench only 11 times in the 21 match opportunities. He wouldn’t record a single minute in the Premier League for the side. For the second half of the season, he would make a loan transfer to Aston Villa. He played far more for the villains making ten appearances in 15 opportunities. He would have featured more except that he was likely not in shape to go the full-ninety in the beginning and he was injured later in the season. Regardless, he did enough that the club exercised their transfer option to keep him. It will be interesting to see how he does at the Premier League level since he was largely untested in the top-tier with Wolves. I think for the cost and the fact that he did play well in his limited opportunities for the club, he’s probably worth a bit of a gamble. He also still has time to develop because he’s only twenty-three, so he could have an extended stay with Aston Villa.
“Jota” (Undisclosed Birmingham City): This transfer has Jota (with nearly two years remaining on his deal) moving to Aston Villa. Jota was a regular starter at his former club and managed to assist on nine goals, scoring three. The result was that Jota was responsible for nearly 20% of the 64 goals the team scored. Birmingham spent much of the season on the wrong side of the relegation line but eventually made enough of a stand to remain. However, I think it’s safe to say that once Jota completes his transfer, the quality of his teammates should improve vastly. Overall, Jota had reasonable consistency on the season — though he still had high and lows. With the exact details not being released, it’s hard to comment on the finances of the deal. However, he should be an excellent addition to this Aston Villa squad. He was a significant contributor to a team that finished on the other end of the table. That team also conceded nearly as many goals as they scored. I think this is a nice “low-profile” acquisition of the team and see him pairing nicely with the other new transfers.
Aston Villa transfers (outgoing):
Andre Green (Loan to Preston North End): Green is a homegrown youth product from the Villains academy. I think it’s a good sign he’s being loaned to a good Preston North End team, to me it shows that Aston Villa management think he will play a healthy role and that it will aid his development. Green played fairly regularly for the first team in the Championship in the first half of the season before going on loan for the second half where he would barely make the team in League One.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Loan to Tranmere Rovers): Hepburn-Murphy is another academy product. In the first half of the season he featured only five times at Villains for a total of 60 minutes. He was on loan last season with a League Two team for the second half of the season where he made 16 appearances with two goals and one assist. He’s gone up an entire division for this season and his first appearance for the club was for the whole second half, although it ended with a red card. Obviously, he’s going to miss a few games now, but overall I think this will be a good fit for him at this stage of his development.
Tommy Elphick (Free Transfer): Elphick was a relatively large part of the recently completed season. However, he was allowed to leave on a free transfer when his contract runs out. Although he did play a big part in last season, the center back is on the wrong side of 30 (almost 32 actually). It softens his free transfer (to join a relegated Huddersfield side) that they secured new-transfer Kortney Hause to fill the position he vacated.
Gary Gardner (Transfer – Undisclosed): The details regarding Gardner’s transfer are undisclosed. However, I’m led to believe this move may have been part of the Jota transfer. Perhaps in a player for player (plus cash?) transfer as Gardner has been on loan at Birmingham. He featured in every game for his loan club, and it might be a mutually beneficial transfer. Stay tuned, as details of the transfer come in – I will update here. If my assumption is correct, this was probably a transfer that favors Aston Villa as they lose an on-loan player, for a potential first-team player. It also probably says a lot about his value to the Aston Villa that they allowed him to leave (on-loan) for a league rival.
Ritchie De Laet (Transfer – Released): De Laet has struggled to find himself in the first-team consistently at any level so far. He’s been acquired by Antwerp, Stoke, Norwich, Manchester United, and Leicester before coming to Aston Villa. However, even here at Aston Villa was deemed excess to requirements. This will allow De Laet to find a club he can play for regularly. I think this is a no-brainer for Aston Villa. They do not need to keep a player they won’t use on the roster, so releasing him on a free-transfer seems logical.
Glenn Whelan (Transfer – Released): Whelan had a definitive first-team role for Aston Villa last season. I have to think that his being released on a free transfer has to do with his age (35). He would even captain the side once (during Smith’s tenure). I also think this is a position that the Villains are likely to seek an additional transfer to help fill the vacancy his departure will bring.
Albert Adomah (Transfer – Released): Like Whelan, Adomah was a big part of the first team for the promotion run. This free transfer is probably partly due to the signing of Jota, and partly due to the age of the winger (31). Jota transferring into the club likely would have put him into a reserve or rotation role (or they would have bid for Jota’s transfer). That said, this makes sense, Adomah probably can have another club if he wishes to continue playing. I don’t think he’ll be enough for the Premier League version of the Villains.
Mile Jedinak (Transfer – Released): Jedinak appears to have been on the outs with the club even before promotion. However, the 34-year old did provide some cover for the first team in their promotion campaign. I think Whalen would have been the contract renegotiated over Jedinak. So this free transfer makes perfect sense in my mind. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if a League One or a Championship side take a gamble on him.
Ross McCormack (Transfer – Released): McCormack was a roughly $15M transfer from Fulham in 2017. Since that signing, McCormack has only appeared in an Aston Villa shirt 24 times, making him a costly player by appearances. Based on that fee, it cost Aston Villa about $625,000 per appearance, before they would ultimately allow him a free transfer. He spent a lot of time on loan after arriving at the club; however, this seems like a costly mistake and a good time to part ways with an old transfer unlikely to see the pitch.
Mark Bunn (Transfer – Released): Bunn came to the club on a free transfer in 2015, but he’s only made 21 appearances for the club. As a reserve keeper, this isn’t surprising; however, the fact that Aston Villa signed two additional keepers last year is. With the money they’ve spent on the keeper position, surely Bunn’s days with Aston Villa were numbered.
Micah Richards (Retirement): Richards joined Aston Villa on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract was allowed to expire. After four seasons with Aston Villa, the 31-year old will again see his contract lapse. The one surprising thing is that he appeared nearly eight times more for Manchester City than for Aston Villa. Not particularly relevant at this time, but in the absence of a replacement transferring in (perhaps still to come?) I’m a little surprised by this one. Update: Richards has decided it was time for retirement.
Alan Hutton (Transfer – Released): Aston Villa is continuing their trend of rereleasing right-backs here. This time, the casualty is Hutton who also spent a lot of time in the first team last season. This makes three right-backs that have been given free transfers by Aston Villa in this window alone. This indicates one of two things to me; either they are very confident of returning loanee, Frédéric Guilbert, or there’s another signing soon to come.
Last Update: August 7, 2019