Whereas most different golf equipment across the Premier League look like cash-strapped and ready to unload their previous gamers with a view to purchase new ones, Aston Villa (together with Manchester United, it ought to be mentioned) proceed to finish transfers for gamers whose worth has been severely depreciated by the present financial occasions.
First, Emi Buendia arrived from Norwich Metropolis — a facet solely simply promoted again to the Premier League — for as a lot as $56 million, and now it’s Leon Bailey making the transfer from Bayer Leverkusen, who completed sixth within the Bundesliga final season, for $40 million, as Aston Villa confirmed on Saturday.
Regardless of having six full seasons of first-team expertise at Belgian facet Genk (1.5 seasons) and Bayer Leverkusen (4.5 seasons), Bailey is just 23 years previous. He even gained a little bit of UEFA Champions League expertise when Bayer Leverkusen had been within the group stage in 2019; he has additionally been into the knockout rounds of the Europa League every of the final three seasons.
Whereas Bailey is taking an enormous step down by way of European competitors, he’s clearly betting that the elevated degree of competitors within the Premier League, versus the Bundesliga, is his finest ticket to furthering his growth. Maybe he’ll play an enormous half in establishing Aston Villa as European rivals, maybe he’ll parlay a few actually sturdy seasons right into a transfer to one of many Premier League’s giants and return to the European stage that method.
What does it imply for Grealish, Man Metropolis and Aston Villa?
Perhaps nothing? Perhaps every part?
There’s clearly a case to be made that Aston Villa are successfully spending “the Grealish cash” — with the understanding that his transfer to Manchester Metropolis is inevitable — in order to keep away from the inflated costs sometimes demanded of golf equipment which can be very publicly flush with money. (Tottenham Hotspur did one thing comparable in the summertime of 2013, forward of Gareth Bale’s transfer to Actual Madrid. Bale’s switch wasn’t confirmed till Sept. 1, which means he spent the whole thing of preseason along with his Tottenham teammates, whereas the membership spent roughly $150 million that summer time, figuring out they’d finally money a $120-million test for Bale.)
One other chance is that Aston Villa intend to maintain Grealish, play him alongside Buendia and Bailey and turn out to be among the finest attacking sides within the Premier League. Clearly it will be executed on a drastically completely different finances than at Manchester Metropolis, but when Aston Villa can create one thing of a “super-team” of their very own, plus the added pull of Grealish being a lifelong fan of the membership, maybe it’s their try at making a “better of each worlds” situation through which Grealish spends one other 10 years (he’s 25) at his boyhood membership.
One factor is for sure: Aston Villa might be a greater facet if Grealish stays, and they’ll virtually actually be higher than they had been final season (after they had been already fairly good for a newly promoted facet, ending eleventh after hanging across the top-six for many of the season).
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Aston Villa’s spending spree continues with $40-million Bailey signing initially appeared on NBCSports.com