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The business rated
Aston Villa’s wheeling and dealing is done – for 10 weeks at least.
The elongated summer transfer window has now shut but the winter one will be open before we know it, so let’s take a moment to reflect on Villa’s business.
Even before a single deal was done, Villa overhauled their recruitment strategy with Jesus Garcia Pitarch making way for Johan Lange and Rob Mackenzie.
It was a much-needed shake-up behind the scenes as the Lions aim to consolidate in the Premier League following last season’s dramatic last gasp great escape.
But how have Lange, Mackenzie, manager Dean Smith and chief executive Christian Purslow done?
Football editor Mat Kendrick assesses the transfer window and, despite his usual pessimistic default setting, allows a glimmer of excitement to shine through.