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Aston Villa owner Tony Xia hits out at squad after Luton EFL Cup loss

Aston Villa's Jores Okore (left) scores an own goal against Luton Town during the EFL Cup, First Round match at Kenilworth Road, Luton.
Image: Jores Okore (left) scored a calamitous own goal during Aston Villa's EFL Cup defeat to Luton

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia appears ready to wield the axe at Villa Park in the wake of Wednesday's shock EFL Cup exit at Luton.

Villa were knocked out in the first round after slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Kenilworth Road.

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Watch highlights of the EFL Cup match between Luton and Aston Villa, including Okore's own goal

Manager Roberto Di Matteo admitted after the match that his team suffered from "fragility" during the game and new owner Xia appears to have run out of patience with his under-fire squad, who are without a win in any competition since February 6.

The Chinese billionaire took to social media after the defeat to hit out at the club's underperforming players.

Image: Villa owner Tony Xia was unhappy with his team's performance against Luton

"Even we agreed to take the LC [EFL Cup] match as checking game, some players are not worth being given chance," the 39-year-old said.

It is unclear which players Xia could be referring to, although Jores Okore endured a torrid night against the Hatters.

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Roberto Di Matteo says it is hard to explain how his Villa side changed so much from the first half to the second during their defeat

The Denmark international, who refused to be named as a substitute under caretaker boss Eric Black last season, scored a calamitous own goal to seal a disappointing result for the Championship club.

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Villa have invested heavily following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

Luton Town's Jake Gray celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the EFL Cup, First Round match v Aston Villa at Kenilworth Road
Image: Jake Gray celebrates scoring Luton's first goal of the game against Villa

Ross McCormack arrived at the club in a £12m deal from Fulham earlier this month, while Aaron Tshibola, Tommy Elphick and Pierluigi Gollini have also been brought in.

However, Xia is looking to bring in more players before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Villa have had a bid accepted for West Brom centre-half James Chester and they have also been linked with Bologna's highly-rated defender Amadou Diawara.

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