The Power of Youth
Aston Villa manager David Beckham
has concluded five deals for his side, just weeks after the opening of the summer window.
Karim El Ahmadi
has left the club to Norwich on a 3 million deal after Villa paid Feyenoord 3.2 million for him in 2012. The Moroccan has impressed in his time under Beckham, but has been unable to dislodge the preferred midfielder pair of Will Hughes
and Fabian Delph
After only a season with Aston Villa where he conceded 10 goals in 5 appearances, Slovenian international Jan Oblak
is on his way to Fulham for 250k.
The new players brought in by Beckham are all no more than mere youths, and it is signifying the former United & Madrid man's intention to build a team instead of buy one - perhaps in an attempt to adopt the style of the recently retired Alex Ferguson
The three youngsters join Aston Villa in a combined fee of just 975k.
, the oldest of the trio, comes in as a free transfer from Genoa. The 21-year-old Italian is tipped to be the next Gianluigi Buffon
, but it will be solely up to him to ensure he fulfills such a potential.
joins from Setubal, a club in the Portuguese Second League. Easily one of the best homegrown talent to emerge from Setubal for at least a few years, Villa have now snapped him up on a free transfer.
Last but not least, the one that looks the most promising - John Romero
. Just 18, and he is already a Colombian international. Joining hometown club Tolima as a young boy, Romero worked his way up the ranks and eventually established himself as a first-team player last season as he made 17 league appearances. The left-back was quickly snapped up, for a fee of just 975k.
It is indeed a bright future for Aston Villa.
When asked of Perrin, Beckham reveals that the Italian wonder will be a 'backup' for now, while Goncalves will learn his way about the Premier League by making a first step into the Under-18s.
He remained tight-lipped about Romero, though, and this might be a hint that he plans to use the 18-year-old international in the first team this season.
More to come.