A good week for Aston Villa got even better on Wednesday morning. The Premier League side as reported by BBC Sport, announced the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal for a fee of £17m.
The signing comes only a day after Villa midfielder Jack Grealish committed his future to the club after signing a new five-year deal with the club.
Last week, the club spent a record £28m on signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford.
On paper, Martinez looks to be an excellent signing. He was a key man for Arsenal in their FA Cup win last season. With no guarantee of first-team football with the Gunners he has decided to move on.
Taking steps to avoid relegation battle
With the signings of Martinez and Watkins and the retention of Grealish, Villa are looking to take steps which ensure that they aren’t involved in another relegation battle this season.
Of course, the real proof will be what happens on the pitch. Villa’s first league game of the season is on Monday when they take on Sheffield United.
It really was a bit of a football miracle they didn’t get relegated last season. At one stage Villa looked dead and buried. However, manager Dean Smith managed to pull a remarkable escape keep Villa the league.
A base to build on
Now Villa seem to have a base to build on for the season ahead. If Martinez can replicate his Arsenal form he could be a bargain at £17m.
With the signings made so far in the transfer window, it would be a surprise if Villa struggled like they did last season.
It was always going to be difficult for Villa in their first season back in the top flight. However, they would have hoped to have done better than avoiding relegation on the last day of the season.
Now is the time for a new start at the club. If Watkins and Martinez can play well, and Grealish can replicate his form of last season, then Villa can finish the season comfortably in mid table.
That would be a vast improvement on last season, and would give the club something to build on for next season.