Aston Villa fans have been reacting to the flurry of transfer activity at St James Park.

With only five weeks until the season kicks off, Rafa Benitez has unleashed a trio of signings for a combined £27m that has certainly created headlines around the Championship.

Matz Sels arrived from Belgian side Gent but it was the double signing of Ritchie and Gayle  from the Premier League that has made everybody take notice.

Aston Villa fans have seen only Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick arrive for £3m, despite much excitement created by both a new club owner and manager.

Villa are seen by the bookies as the biggest competition for Newcastle United when it comes to going for the Championship title and promotion.

Some interesting observations from the Villa supporters below about Newcastle’s buys, as well as their own transfer activity/inactivity. I particularly like the conviction that they are bound to be ‘above the Leicesters of this world’ in five years time!

These Aston Villa fans comments taken from top Villa message board Villa Talk:

‘We should have gone for Gayle.’

‘Not for that price IMO.’

‘I’m glad we didn’t to be honest.

Fed up of the ‘lads being lads’ drinking culture, and he seems to be into that stuff.

I think we can get somebody better anyway.’

‘Newcastle are building a decent attack but their defence is still rubbish. We should get a move on, though.’

‘They improved their defence earlier in the summer.  Steven Taylor is gone.’

‘and looks like Coloccini about to go in next few days.’

‘Another club on Andros’s CV. What a mercenary sack of sh*t.’

‘if we’d have signed Ritchie for £12m would people be happy?

I’d rather we spent money wisely…I understand that we need some players who know the league but I don’t want us dragged in to the stupid English spending.’

‘I’d have been more than happy with Ritchie for £12m. I’m not advocating throwing money away for the sake of it, but I would like a signal of intent to come through in one of our signings. A player that makes the rest of the league sit up and take notice.’

‘I think Newcastle have made two great signings this last couple of days in Gayle and Ritchie. 20 mill + on those two is a lot of money but given we were already some way behind them then it shows the level of investment and how much work we have to do. I think had we signed both those players it would have given me way more confidence that we could compete for promotion.’

‘Can’t agree more!  Newcastle have laid a marker to say to the rest, that we mean business here.  I hope we do the same at some point and both teams blow the league out of the water but we are some way off at present.’

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‘I think Benteke will be a huge success for Palace. I’m gutted as it’s another reminder of where we are.

Palace have got rid of Gayle & replaced him with Benteke. That’s excellent business in my book.

Onwards and forwards – Class is permanent. 5 years from now, we will be above the Palaces and the Leicesters of this world – Of that I’m sure.’

‘We need to start making decent signings…’

‘It’s all a lot more quiet than I thought it would be since the takeover.’

‘We’re still a bigger club with a richer owner who has stated that he wants to make Villa one of the greatest football clubs in the WORLD and Crystal Palace are…Crystal Palace.’