Aston Villa transfer news: Smith tipped to prioritise two key areas this summer

Aston Villa will reportedly look to bolster our attacking options this summer, while full-back depth is also said to be a priority.

While there’s still much to be played for this season with nine games remaining, it has arguably already become clear where we can still improve the current squad.

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Villa and boss Dean Smith will be pleased with the progress shown following our dramatic escape from relegation last season, and to continue to kick on and compete, new arrivals this summer are expected.

According to the Express and Star, Villa will look to add another winger and forward or No.10 to the squad ahead of next season in an attempt to ease the pressure on Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins.

While others have contributed over the course of the season, there hasn’t been enough consistency or quality from those individuals while Grealish and Watkins have certainly shown that they are the foundation of our attack moving forward.

Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet have been in and out of the starting XI, Ross Barkley’s loan spell comes to an end in the summer while Wesley is coming back from a long-term injury.

In turn, it undoubtedly makes sense to address that area of the squad to add more quality, but that won’t be the only improvement eyed.

The Express and Star also add that with Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor set to see their respective contracts expire this summer, adding full-back depth is also on the agenda for Villa.

Similarly, that is also sensible planning given the lack of reliable options behind Matt Targett and Matty Cash in those positions, and so new arrivals would be welcomed.

For now though, Villa and Smith will no doubt be fully focused on finishing the current campaign as positively as possible, with potential European qualification perhaps making us a more attractive option for targets in the coming months.