After rewriting and making so much history this season, the club have done it again with their first signing of the 19/20 season.
Words by Regan Foy |@FindFoy
Aston Villa have made and rewritten so much history during their 10 game winning streak and long unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship last season, and they have managed to do it again with the signing of Jota Peleteiro from Birmingham City.
We announced that Jota had signed for the club earlier this week, and as the club made it official today, another piece of history had been rewritten for a more modern audience.
Jota Peleteiro is the first player to join in a deal that has seen Aston Villa buy from rivals Birmingham City since Alan Curbishley, a transfer which happened 36 years ago in 1983.
There have been a whole host of previous signings that have played for Birmingham City before joining Aston Villa, but the club has not purchased directly from the Blues for well over a quarter-of-a-century.
A notable signing that played for Birmingham City before joining Villa is Peter Withe, the scorer of the only goal in a game that saw Aston Villa crowned as European Champions in Rotterdam, against Bayern Munich.
Jota, who signs on a two-year-deal will be hoping not to emulate Curbishley’s time at the club, after appearing over 130 times for Birmingham City before only managing 36 over one season for the claret and blue.
A change in manager saw Curbishley shipped off to Charlton Athletic, who he would later manage twice.
Jota, at 27-years-old, should find himself with more time at the club than the other midfielder who made the same move, however.