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Missed Opportunity For Villa?

Missed Opportunity For Villa?

Well, there you go. The end of the transfer window and Villa are no better off than when they started numbers wise - unless there is a late announcement like we had with Shaun Maloney's signing!

One in, one out and a profit to the club as Gary Cahill went for more outwards than Wayne Routledge cost inwards.

I must admit I'm shocked. Lying in 5th with money in the bank, I thought January would be a decent month for us. I had expected the right-back we were told in the summer was 'worth waiting until January for' would arrive and I genuinely believed we'd bring in a striker.

Villa always baffles though, it seems to be the nature of the club!

I for one understand what Martin O'Neill is saying that most clubs don't want to sell their best players, especially to the competition, but then Boro have just spent £15million on Alves, Portsmouth might have bought Jermain Defoe (still no confirmation and it is relying on Man City buying Benjani) and Spurs have done some good business buying Hutton for £8million and Jonathan Woodgate for an undisclosed fee. To be frank, even Derby County have spent more money than us.

On the positive side we have five players named in the England squad today and are currently lying in 5th. My feeling and those of many in the forum is that with some investment we could even have pushed for 4th this year (which even a few months ago would have seemed like crazy talk!) but surely with such a small squad and no new arrivals, Villa will now be scrambling for positions and we naturally have the big gamble of little cover if we pick up any injuries or more suspensions.

One thing is for sure, MON is going to do it his way and we are surely still in for an interesting ride?

Maybe Martin O'Neill's way will prove, by the end of the season, to be genius. After-all how big a squad did we have back in the glory days?

Just a shame that we aren't in the 1980's now, this is modern football and for that, you need a decent sized squad.

Opportunity lost? We'll find out come May 11th.

(Our latest poll asks if we've blown our chance)



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 12:00AM

Comments

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ha ha i like the way this came on the site just after the window closed like you expected it wouldnt be that interesting. Oh dear we may hear summat in the next hour or so while deals have been finalised and issuing statements.......
krisvilla
01/02/2008 00:06:00
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wrote it at 10:30, just got the sinking feeling to be honest!

Back to the real business, Villa to beat Fulham on Sunday, now we will see what the few players we have can do for us!
The Fear
01/02/2008 00:08:00
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like you say Kris, still an outside chance of an announcement, but don't think I'll be hanging around, maybe wake up to some good news...!
The Fear
01/02/2008 00:09:00
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I'm waiting for some breaking news at the last second like last year...but not bloody likely. You make interesting points, how do all these other clubs get the names (alves to middlesbrough, what is he high or something???) especially because he said his teammates in brazil would laugh at him when he told them he played for heerenveen. Now they'll ***** their pants! All in all, if it was meant to be - it was meant to be. Let's not put our heads down, we're in 5th place and we're striving for 4th with or without new signings. New signings didn't get us to 5th, our current villans did! I think wayne on the right will add some diversity and put teams under more pressure not knowing which side we're going to go down the flanks on. Hail Hail MON and let's beat the ***** out of fulham on sunday!
los_angeles_villan
01/02/2008 00:11:00
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to be fair routledge could be the best value signing of the whole window.Some tems have paid massively over the odds.
Pking
01/02/2008 00:13:00
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Interesting to see Davis go to Rangers on loan,the 4 mil we got for him looks like good buisness now.
Pking
01/02/2008 00:15:00
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yeah Fulham are woeful, a very bad side, we got more than enought to beat them, I mean half of our team is in the england squad we must be good!
krisvilla
01/02/2008 00:17:00
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I still believe we have the players to get a Euro place. We are in no cups. 14 games is it? We'll be fine.
Adam Deuce
01/02/2008 00:22:00
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Sunderland Small Heath Middelsvilla and Wigan all to come at home,plus Fulham And Derby away? Surely six winnable games there that would leave us there or thereabouts.
villa96
01/02/2008 00:31:00
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pking....no trophys for best value...no trophys for most english players....gutted. Letdown again.
tylervilla
01/02/2008 00:33:00
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