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Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Adama Traore part of busy summer at Aston Villa as Tim Sherwood spends

Tim Sherwood admits Aston Villa have lost a lot of goals following Christian Benteke's exit to Liverpool.

With the transfer window now closed, it's time to look at Aston Villa's ins and outs and whether Tim Sherwood can be pleased with his summer business.

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Jordan Ayew (FC Lorient, £8.4 million); Jordan Amavi (Nice, £7.7m); Adama Traore (Barcelona, £7m); Jordan Veretout (FC Nantes, £7m); Idrissa Gueye (Lille, £6.3m); Rudy Gestede (Blackburn, £6m); Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, £2.5m); Joleon Lescott (West Brom, £1m); Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba, £700,000);...

Manchester City lead Premier League transfer grades after brilliant summer

As the transfer window shuts, the ESPN FC panel take a look back at Arsenal and Manchester United's inability to secure a marquee signing, Chelsea's new additions, Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's attack and much more

With the summer transfer window finally done and dusted, ESPN FC grades all 20 Premier League clubs based on how they fared in their dealings.

Manchester City - A+

Winners of the window and, consequently, now strong favourites to be winners of the title. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke recently of how City "reacted" to his team winning the league in the way the London side itself did last season, but it was more than that.

This was more than a reaction. It was precise and rational business,...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Villa's draw with Sunderland may tempt Sherwood into more transfers

Tim Sherwood admits Aston Villa have lost a lot of their goal threat following Christian Benteke's departure.

How did Aston Villa draw 2-2 at home to Sunderland on Saturday? It was mystifying how Tim Sherwood's team failed to take all three points from a visiting side that ended the day at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sunderland have already been tagged the whipping boys of the Premier League, so it was frustrating to see the hosts fail to claim three points. The reaction from the Villa support is understandable. The balance of play was overwhelmingly in their favour; dominance both in terms...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Scott Sinclair can be Aston Villa's answer at striker

Despite a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was pleased overall with his team's performance.

Scott Sinclair, striker? After watching his midweek League Cup hat trick against Notts County, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will be seriously considering a change of position for a player who has always been recognised as a winger, and yet has always possessed an eye for goal. Villa face Sunderland on Saturday, and Sinclair may line up at new centre-forward.It's an obvious move to suggest following his cup heroics, but the idea has more behind it than just a knee-jerk reaction to three goals against...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Defensive blunder costs Villa as Agbonlahor continues to struggle

Despite a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was pleased overall with his team's performance.

The new season is just three fixtures old, but Villa might be hard pressed to find a more frustrating way to lose a game over the coming months. Looking good for a well-earned point at Selhurst Park, Villa more or less handed the 2-1 victory on a plate to Crystal Palace.

The mistake came from Jordan Amavi, who lost the ball 30 yards from goal, but goalkeeper Brad Guzan was culpable too. In possession with a few minutes remaining, the best option probably wasn't to roll the ball out to the young...

Crystal Palace's character shines through in victory vs. Aston Villa

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Crystal Palace's 2-1 win vs. Aston Villa in the Premier League.

1. Palace character shines though

Crystal Palace's metamorphosis from hapless, cash-strapped chancers to Premier League stalwarts continues apace, as a fine strike from Bakary Sako secured a hard-fought three points at Selhurst Park over a stubborn Aston Villa side.

Manager Alan Pardew has assembled a fine squad in South London, a balanced combination of strength, pace and technical ability, but it's their...