Alex McLeish believes Jack Grealish will have been promised that Aston Villa are going to be “very competitive” in the transfer market after he signed a new contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland boss insists the Villans have already made a statement of intent with the capture of Ollie Watkins from Brentford.
Speaking after Villa confirmed his new contract, Grealish revealed that the club’s owners had outlined their “ambitious” plans in negotiations and that it was “exciting times” for the club.
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Villa have already splashed the cash on getting Watkins, Matty Cash and Emiliano Martinez through the door.
McLeish believes that the striker’s arrival would have been used as proof of the club’s ambitions and that they will have told Grealish more exciting arrivals are on the way.
Asked if he thought Villa had made transfer promises to Grealish, McLeish told Football Insider: “I think they’ve already done that to some extent, with Ollie Watkins and people like that coming in. That is a statement already, to be spending that kind of money and bringing top strikers in.