Birmingham news Smith explains the role Grealish played in Ross Barkley transfer MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa managed to convince Chelsea to loan them Ross Barkley for the season and the England international has made an instant impact
Breaking News ! Dean Smith has revealed how Aston Villa managed to convince Chelsea to loan them England international Ross Barkley. Barkley, 26, joined Villa on a season-long loan towards the end of the transfer window and made an instant impact with a goal on his debut in the 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool. Barkley is in line to make his second appearance against Leicester City later today as Villa bid to continue the Premier League's only 100 per cent record. He will line up alongside teammate and close friend Jack Grealish once again and Smith has for the first time explained the role the Villa captain played in the move. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now "They know each other off the pitch, which always helps,” Smith told The Telegraph. “They'd had a couple of days training before the Liverpool game but there certainly was a connection. That will help us in the long run, for sure. “We also can say that about Ollie Watkins as well, and how he's stepped into the team.
. While we're hoping that connection thrives, we want to make sure it's the team that goes and gets the performances for us." Barkley's signing was seen as a coup for Villa, who were also linked with his Chelsea teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
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And Smith has detailed the waiting game Villa had to play in order to land their number one midfield target. "We'd asked the question earlier in the season,” said Smith. “I know the quality that is involved there and you're looking at Chelsea who have bought some top quality players into the club. “They were one of the first movers in the market this year so we just sensed there may be an opportunity to go and get somebody of Ross's quality out. “Thankfully, Frank felt that it would help him by coming here and playing games this season."
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