Dean Smith reckons two deals pulled off in the January transfer window could save Aston Villa’s season.
The Villans are 19th in the Premier League and are nervously staring at the drop after getting promoted last season.
After making it to the top tier via the Championship play-offs, they spent an eye-watering £134m.
It saw the arrival of players such as Wesley Moraes, Douglas Luiz and Tyrone Mings.
However, their fortunes have not quite come off with the effect that the Villa Park supremos might quite have liked.
But Smith reckons the latest arrivals have enough about them to see the Birmingham-based side remain in the Premier League this season.
Pepe Reina and Ally Samatta joined from AC Milan and Genk respectively after injuries to Tom Heaton and Wesley.
And the Villa boss has full confidence they will beat the drop.
He said: “Those two pieces of business could be key.
“They are two big parts of the picture, keeping it out of the net at one end and putting it in at the other.
“As long as Pepe wants to play, he will do. I’ve been really impressed by the person he is, firstly.
“Then, secondly, as a player. He’s very good with his feet. He knows how to keep the ball.
“And how to keep it out of the back of his net. He’s got great charisma, personality and I’m really pleased we managed to get him in here.
“The experiences he has got, not just at Liverpool but with other clubs, can only help our dressing room.
“Even in small-sided games in training, if he’s on the losing side, he’s not a happy man. That’s what I want to see –winners. And he’s certainly one.”
Villa have some tough fixtures coming up, facing Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Monday night before hosting Chelsea at the weekend.
They then face high-flying Wolves , Liverpool and Manchester United in a crunch period for the Premier League newcomers.
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