The latest Aston Villa news from Birmingham Live as European football returns this week.
Here’s the latest Aston Villa news on Wednesday, 20 September, 2023.
Transfer decisions explained
Aston Villa transfer chief Monchi has admitted the club decided to sell some of their promising academy graduates in the summer transfer window in order to balance FFP.
Villa made roughly £40 million from the permanent sales of six players, including Cameron Archer, Aaron Ramsey and Jaden Philogene. The trio of youngsters could all return to the club in the future as Villa retain a degree of control over their futures after negotiating buy-back clauses.
Archer joined Sheffield United for £18 million despite not starting a Premier League game for Villa, while Ramsey – who didn’t make a top-flight appearance before leaving Villa Park – signed for newly-promoted Burnley. Philogene raised only £5 million, but Monchi claims sales were necessary.
Smith takes Southgate swipe
Former Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith can’t believe Ezri Konsa is yet to receive his first senior England call-up.
Smith has signed Konsa twice, once as manager of Brentford and then following Villa’s promotion back to the Premier League in 2019, he signed the defender again. Since joining Villa from the Bees, Konsa has made a total of 145 appearances and has been a mainstay in the side despite playing under three different managers during his four years at the club.
The 25-year-old has started all seven of the club’s games in all competitions so far this season, but appears to be no closer to breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad after Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi and Levi Colwill were all called up for the September internationals.
Four new faces arrive
Aston Villa have welcomed four new faces to their Senior Leadership Team after completing a host of key appointments which will help to ‘project the club forward’. The president of Villa’s business operations, Chris Heck , has introduced the quartet who have arrived to fill senior roles throughout the team.
Those individuals are Ron Erskine, who will become the club’s new chief commercial officer, Ben Hatton as the chief operating officer, Richard Stevens as the vice president – strategy and analytics and Ryan Disdier as the vice president – content and digital. Villa favourite Ahmed El mohamady’s ambassadorial role has also been made permanent.
New CCO Erskine has worked previously in the NBA and in the MLS with New York Red Bulls, and most recently with CSM Sport and Entertainment who are associated closely with tennis at an elite level. The new COO, Hatton, is a chartered account with plenty of experience working in football domestically and overseas, with Manchester United and AS Roma. He also helped to oversee the takeover at Blackpool, to help end the Oysten era at Bloomfield Road.
Konsa contract claim
Ezri Konsa could be set to sign a new contract at Aston Villa according to reports.
The centre-back arrived at B6 from Brentford in July 2019. He has gone on to make over 140 appearances in Claret and Blue and is now seen as a key figure at the heart of Unai Emery’s defence.
Konsa had a shaky start to the season having been at fault for at least one of Newcastle’s goals in Villa’s heavy 5-1 defeat to the Magpies. But he has responded well and could now be set to extend his stay at Villa Park.