‘Didn’t realise’ Aston Villa signing reveals this has surprised him
Ezri Konsa admits one thing has surprised him since signing for Aston Villa – the sheer size of his new club.
Konsa, 21, was a £12m capture from Brentford in July as Dean Smith swooped on his former club.
The centre-back was recruited by Smith for the Bees a year earlier, when he made the hop across London from Charlton Athletic.
Konsa didn’t get off the bench as Villa kicked off their Premier League campaign with a defeat at Tottenham but the England under-21 international says he was blown away by the backing the claret and blues received from their army of travelling fans.
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That was just the latest happy eye-opener for Konsa who, when asked if anything has surprised him after joining Villa, told avfc.co.uk: “Just how huge it is!
“I knew, in my head, that it was a famous, big club but I didn’t realise the size and potential until I stepped through the door.
“To see it with my own eyes – the training ground, the stadium – was amazing. And, the fans too. Their support so far has been crazy.
“To have that many watching us in pre-season alone was incredible – and then the backing we got at Tottenham was superb, too. It’s really fantastic to be here.”
Working with Smith again is a bonus for Konsa who already knows all about the Villa manager’s methods.
“I have worked with him before – and I am delighted to be with him again here,” he said.
“The one trait that really sticks out with him is he’s really passionate. He cares about his players. He wants the best for us, he backs us and he wants to improve us every day.
“To want to get better and have the head coach striving for the same – for every player – is fantastic. That’s a big thing for me.”