Football finance expert picks out Aston Villa’s ‘best’ piece of business

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Aston Villa’s recent transfer business has been hailed by a leading football finance expert.

Having flirted with relegation last season, Dean Smith’s side have been in the right half of the table all season.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, Villa are ninth in the Premier League standings with two games in hand on most of the teams above them.

Respected football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes Villa’s astute financial business, including tying talisman Jack Grealish to a new contract, has been key to their success.

“It’s a case of getting their business right,” Maguire told Football Insider.

“Ollie Watkins has been a fantastic signing, [Emiliano] Martinez has been a fantastic signing.

“But the best thing they’ve done was to get Grealish to sign a contract extension.

“He’s one of those players whose feet don’t touch the turf. He glides.

“He’s an example of how footballers are elite artists as well as athletes.

“From an ambition and a morale-boosting point of view, getting him tied down to a new deal is by far the best thing they’ve done this season.”

Grealish signed a new contract last September, putting pen to paper on a deal to stay at Villa Park until 2025