Davies issues rallying call
Curtis Davies is confident Aston Villa will be able to build on last season's sixth placed finish.
Last Updated: 05/08/08 3:08pm
Curtis Davies is confident Aston Villa will be able to build on last season's sixth placed finish despite being dwarfed in the spending stakes by a number of their rivals this summer.
Martin O'Neill has added only Steve Sidwell, Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan to his ranks for a combined total of around £7million, while captain and talisman Gareth Barry looks to be heading for Liverpool.
Tottenham in comparison have shelled out £45million, albeit having brought in around half that amount for Robbie Keane, Manchester City have spent £23million to bring in Jo and Tal Ben Haim and Portsmouth have shown their ambition by luring Peter Crouch to Fratton Park from Liverpool.
Davies, though, refuses to be daunted by the big spending of those clubs of a similar ilk to his own and on the contrary, is confident Villa's tight-knit squad will again exceed expectations in the forthcoming campaign.
"People say look at the money Tottenham have spent, but they spent a lot last year and with all due respect to them, where did it get them?" he told the Birmingham Mail.
"They spent £16.5m on Darren Bent which I think was more than the total amount we spent.
"Darren Bent's a great player and if he's given games, he'll be a good scorer but they rarely played him.
"You see things like that at Tottenham probably because they have got the money.
"But we've got a good squad and we've just got to look after ourselves - we can't afford to worry about what anyone else is doing.
"If someone's got £100m more to spend, we're still not going to have that."