Big Sam: ‘It can’t happen for Villa’

By Phil Jennings

SAM Allardyce has cast doubt on Villa’s £100million spending spree – and fears Dean Smith’s side could struggle as Fulham did before being relegated last season.

Villa released 10 players at the end of last season after being promoted via the play-offs.

But several were over 30 and not part of the club’s plans with younger players targeted for Villa’s return to the top flight.

Smith has turned his squad over during the past three months and his move for Egypt winger Trezeguet was Villa’s ninth signing of the window.

And more are expected with Douglas Luiz waiting for a work permit before his £15million move from Manchester City is completed.

Then a goalkeeper and a striker will be next on Smith’s list before next month’s deadline.

But former England manager Allardyce says it is not a policy that makes sense for Villa.

Big Sam told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Talksport: It’s too many players, it’s too many to deal with.

“You can look at similar clubs that’ve done the same. Everton, when Romelu Lukaku left, they brought in seven or eight players and it became a struggle.

“For £100 million, I’d want three players. I have to question the quality of the player when you’re stretching £100 million out over nine players. It just cannot happen.”

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