Aston Villa’s new manager Dean Smith’s impressive work at former club Brentford bringing in young prospects and turning them into Championship-level players. The manager has hinted in an interview with The Sun that he is looking to use to same policy at his new club Aston Villa.

Dean Smith brought players such as James Tarkowski and Ollie Watkins to Brentford from lower league side, and has turned them into impressive young talents. Tarkowski moved on to Premier League side Burnley and into the England squad, and Ollie Watkins has become one of the most threatening attackers in the Championship – resulting in him being linked with a big money move to the Premier League.

Smith – born and raised as an Aston Villa fan – spoke to The Sun about the pride he takes in bringing in young talents, and helping them develop into high quality players.

“You have to be on top of your game in recruitment and sign potential. When I sign a player, it’s all about attitude,” Smith said.

“They’ve got to be talented — but talent is just one thing. They must have a great attitude.

“I signed James Tarkowski from Oldham and he’s gone on to play for England. Chris Mepham came through the youth ranks and is now playing for Wales.

“There are gems to find without breaking the bank.”

Smith’s transfer policy contrasts heavily to that of previous manager Steve Bruce – who brought in several older players, coming in on high wages, such as now Assistant Manager John Terry, Mile Jedinak and Micah Richards.

The appointment of Dean Smith as manager looks set to take Aston Villa in a completely different direction, planning for the future under their new manager, rather than bringing in more experienced players on high wages to try and help Villa back up to the Premier League.


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