Aston Villa recently completed an off-field deal at Villa Park, with one financial expert labeling it “excellent timing”.
Off-field deal agreedIt’s been a busy year in the Midlands, with Unai Emery transforming the club’s fortunes on the pitch and taking Villa to the Europa Conference League.
As a result, have backed the Spaniard in the transfer market this summer, with the likes of Moussa Diaby and Pau Torres arriving in big-money transfers.
However, Villa has also been busy in recent months and has announced a new partnership with Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
Villa shared the news last week, saying on their official website:“
As part of this exciting step forward for both clubs, Villa and Vissel Kobe will work to create a bilateral development framework for players and staff that will enhance youth development, as well as jointly sharing ideas, techniques and best practices.
The partnership will aim to create opportunities for talented Japanese players to play in Europe and ultimately at Aston Villa.”
Kieran Maguire has claimed Aston Villa want to emulate Brighton & Hove Albion’s success with Kaoru Mitoma in the future, and has made another claim on the deal.
Maguire, who works with Sky Sports, spoke to Football Insider about the off-field deal, calling it “excellent timing for Aston Villa”.
I think this partnership with Vissel Kobe is an excellent moment for Aston Villa.
They have ambitious owners.
Ultimately they want to be in a position where they can challenge the ‘Big Six’ in terms of qualifying for Champions League places.
“To do this, they must then be able to increase their revenue streams.
Having a good relationship with a senior Asian market like Japan makes sense.
“Combining this with the expansion of Villa Park makes even more sense.
Football tends more towards prawn sandwiches, which as a fan you hate. but as a financier you understand it.
Not only will Villa work with Vissel Kobe ahead of the transfer of a number of potential players from Japan to England, but the club have also confirmed the exchange of “technical knowledge and training methodology” aimed at improving areas of “performance, scouting and recruiting, data analysis” and overall team management” will be the order of the day, so it appears there is a thorough plan in place.
Both clubs could benefit in the coming years and, as Maguire argues, the deal could also help Villa look to break into the ‘Big Six’ under Emery with a better income in Asia, both on and off the pitch.