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No Signings For Aston Villa?

Villa boss Martin O'Neill has explained that not for the lack of trying, Villa are finding it nearly impossible to bring in the quality of players they want during this transfer window.

He said in the Birmingham Mail:

'If there is somebody out there we think could improve this team for the next two, three or four years then if I get the chance to do it, I would. But you would be amazed how much other clubs want to hold on to their players. And it wouldn't matter what position they are in the Premier League.'

He also says it isn't down to the money, it is the fact that all the Premier League teams want to survive and so won't allow their best players to leave mid way through the season.

You have to admit he has a point, IF for instance we were after Kevin Doyle, one of Reading's top scorers, why would Reading, who could be sucked into a relegation fight, let him leave right now? The money they would earn selling him would be nothing compared to the money they would lose if they went down.

He also says there is plenty of competition for the players that are available, 'It is a difficult time. Premiership sides are looking to push on and want to supplement their squads. Ask Mark Hughes. We are all in the same boat. I hear Liverpool say that they want to add players to their team. We are, in terms of numbers, a little bit short. What we want to try to do is safeguard things.'

'It is a tough old time but I am not asking for sympathy because it is a tough old time for all the Premier sides.'

Be interesting to see if the window shuts with no deals done but I have to admit, it is a compelling argument, no matter how much we all - as fans - say 'buy him, and get him, and why not him' we don't really know what the hell is going on and as MON says, why would teams let their best players go at this time of year? There must also be teams around us who won't sell players to one of their main rivals as it could fire us into Europe at their expense.

I think the main let down was the summer, that was the time Villa could and should have laid down a marker or two with some large purchases. We are 5th now, with some top signings who knows where we'd have been! Still, on a positive note, we are building (see, I do try!)

You do have to wonder where that right-back who was worth waiting for is though?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 29 2008
Time: 8:37AM


If i were a betting man id say this "right back" is no longer available or not interested now. Admire his principals, but we have a serious chance of Europe & will be a shame to waste it now.
29/01/2008 08:44:00
I don't know what MON is on about. He has managed to keep afloat the transfer market in the Premiership by selling half our squad for under inflated prices. Has he heard of Europe and the fact they play football over their too?
Hoss The Villain
29/01/2008 08:49:00
I can understand the reluctance of managers to sell their players to us at this time, which beggars the question of why we are prepared to sell a player who is rated by the likes of Megson and Roy Keane. It really would be sods law if he was the one who stopped a certain goal and, as a result we do not achieve european football next year. JP's comment is right MON missed out during last summers window. Now we can only look forward to the next transfer window and hope that we don't get any serious injuries to key players in the meantime.
29/01/2008 09:03:00
Cahill was fifth choice and would not have played - that is a fact while MON is the manager (it was the same for all the players he's moved on), I'm not saying we have to agree with his decisions, but he's best placed to decide what's right for Aston Villa. Why not sell Cahill now, rather than for 2m in the summer? Chimbonda and Riise are targets. So are Defoe, Doyle, Routledge and a couple of overseas players.
29/01/2008 09:16:00
Well said Hoss. MON has now had 7months to find a RB. How much longer does he need. Why does'nt he look to Europe??? We might never get a better chance to finish 4th and it will be our squad size and lack of players in certain positions that will leave us down in the end. This is all due to bad tranfer policies by MON.
29/01/2008 09:34:00
under inflated prices!! if we get 3/4 mil for Cahill we have done fantastically well he rated by two managers who expect to be in the championship next year, and the money we got for the players we have cleared out was at worst market value. I think we have done well in the transfer market so far the summer was ok for me. We are building a young quality balanced team that is going to compete at the highest level for the next few years. This is the same approach as Wenger or Fergie only MON started with a squad that were lucky to still be in the premiership. Those teams that just go for a quick fix always fail Spurs, Newcastle, and others think that you can just buy a team off the shelf. It does't work that way the team we have now are developing each week thats why its exciting to watch them and why its such a great time to be a Villa fan, and why we are now on the tele so much.
29/01/2008 09:44:00
Absolute codswallop. Hes had an age to bring in players, and other prem teams seem to be doing ok at bringing in players. not sure why hhe thinks were any different. Not only that but he is doing exactly what hes saying doenst happen 'teams with small squads fighting for survival wont sell their players in this window' erm....cahill, tommy, moore, oluf ready for summer. really really bad managment of a club to do this to us. im still fuming at him letting cahill go.
The Ellk
29/01/2008 09:46:00
Sorry daveldvilla but i would'nt use the word balanced when talking about this Villa team. It must be the most one sided team in the premiership. No RB and no RW. If MON had got his act together in the summer i reckon we would be sitting prob 6pts ahead of 5th placed team by now. Thats the infuriating thing. MON is as good a man manager there is in the world but it is increasingly looking to me that the transfer market is his achilles heel.
29/01/2008 09:50:00
Cahill is 5th choice, Sorenson is 3rd choice, Moore hasn't delivered. Accept it and move on. "other prem teams seem to be doing ok at bringing in players" - who exactly? I agree with Kevin Keegan re: Woodgate, "we've lost out on Woodgate, Spurs can offer him European football and a cup final, the only way we are getting into Europe is to catch a ferry". We have the possibility for Europe, but need to get the right players in, Chimbonda & Riise are available - but to us mid season?
29/01/2008 09:55:00
Kilga he'll be working 24/7, don't forget we have a few players other teams are very interested in too. Moore, Cahill, Harewood and Maloney to name four. Hopefully we can do some deals late on. I don't agree with your assesment of our season, we've been lucky in a couple games and at this stage the league table doesn't lie.
29/01/2008 10:01:00
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