Aston Villa recouped £100million with the exit of Jack Grealish, but according to former striker Kevin Phillips, it was an arrival at Villa Park which has been the Premier League’s best summer deal
It was the Premier League move that no-one saw coming.
And according to Kevin Phillips, Aston Villa new boy Danny Ings may just prove to be the “signing of the summer”.
Ings, 29, completed a shock £30million move to the Villans last week.
The England striker moved to the West Midlands after three seasons with Southampton, who had little choice but to cash in on their main marksman amid his refusal to extend his contract on the south coast.
Ings has inked a three-year deal in claret and blue, where he will feature in a new-look attack following Jack Grealish’s £100million defection to Manchester City.
Ings duly marked his first appearance for Dean Smith’s men at the weekend with a goal, scoring in a 3-1 win over Italian side Salernitana.
There have been suggestions following Ings St Mary’s departure that the Saints believe they’ve claimed a transfer win by selling at such a high price.
One narrative that’s been pushed is that the Saints were stunned by Villa’s offer and felt that they couldn’t turn it down, having seen no other interested party make overtures north of £15million.
But Phillips, the former England striker who starred for both clubs, insists: “It’s a super, super deal for Aston Villa.”
He told Football Insider: “At that sort of money it could be the signing of the summer. It is an absolute coup for Villa.
“It went under the radar. I live in the area and I did not hear anything about it.
“What I like about Ings is that he runs in behind. You do not get that very often with the modern day striker.
“A brilliant signing for Villa.”
Villa boss Smith used Ings and Ollie Watkins as a front pair in the weekend win over the Italian side, in a game played behind closed doors.
Following Grealish’s exit, and with Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey having also arrived, Smith is preparing to be more versatile this term, utilising a number of different formations, including 4-3-3, 3-5-2 and the 4-4-2 formation they played at the weekend.
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