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Tuesday media watch [13.08.19]: Heaton and Purslow in focus

August 13, 2019 7:39 am

Express & Star: Tom Heaton claims newly-promoted Villa’s desire to improve should help them quickly find their feet in the Premier League. The England international was one of six new players to make their debut at Tottenham last weekend and found plenty of positives, despite Dean Smith’s men going down to a 3-1 defeat on their top flight return. Attention has now turned to Saturday’s home opener against Bournemouth, with goalkeeper Heaton confident Villa possess both the attitude and ability to get back on track.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa’s summer spending was no “trolley dash” according to chief executive Christian Purslow, who told Sky Sports News the club had an “obligation to be competitive” in the Premier League. Villa spent £144.5m on 12 players following their promotion to the top-flight, with five of those new recruits starting in their opening-weekend defeat at Tottenham on Saturday. Only Manchester United spent more among Premier League clubs in the summer window, while Villa topped the net expenditure after recouping nothing in sales. But Purslow defended Villa’s activity, stressing the additions were necessary to compete at the highest level and boost the club’s “future financial health”.

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Sky Sports: Neymar has reached the “point of no return” at Paris Saint-Germain after supporters voiced their frustration with the forward. The Brazilian’s future in Paris remains uncertain with three weeks to go until the European transfer window shuts.

BBC Sport: Liverpool keeper Alisson has been ruled out “for the next few weeks” with the calf injury he picked up in the season-opening win against Norwich City, says manager Jurgen Klopp. The Brazil international, 26, went off after 39 minutes of the 4-1 victory and was replaced by summer signing Adrian.

Sky Sports: Harry Maguire can emulate the success of Virgil van Dijk after sealing his world-record move to Manchester United, says former Leicester team-mate Jonny Evans. Maguire joined United for £80m last week, breaking the previous world-record fee paid for a defender, set by Liverpool when they signed Van Dijk from Southampton for £75m last year.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.