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MON Promises Summer Spending Spree

Martin O'Neill has stated that he will be busy in the transfer market in the summer, because his January moves didn't materialise how he had hoped.

In an interview with the E+S O'Neill explained that he was disappointed at how January played out and although he obviously isn't given credence to any of the rumours surrounding players coming in, Crouch, Bosingwa etc, he knows January's failings need to be addressed in the summer if we hope to continue our growth.

'We tried to strengthen in January - it didn't materialise.

'We could have got extra numbers, but I thought if we avoid certain things, that's something I'd address in the summer if we're going to make inroads into things.'

Fans will remember that O'Neill has previously stated he only really wants to sign players who are good enough to be first teamers on a regular basis,he's not interested in signing players who will be back up only, and I for one agree with him.

All signings should be an improvement on what we have, not similar.

O'Neill continued:

"We`ve had a bit of luck and I wouldn`t want to tempt providence.

"But the strengthening issue is something we`ll think about closer to the time."

I've seen some of the above quotes elsewhere today as justification that Villa will reknew our interest in Brad Guzan in the summer also.

Moving onto the Reading match, O'Neill reiterated his praise for Carew who is slowly starting to live up to his reputation.

"Carew`s second half performance against Reading last week was out of this world, really fantastic.

'In the first 10 minutes he had a shot which he miscued across the goal and another one which he blazed over.

"And yet he was able to put all of those things behind him and play the second half like he did.

"Everything you see in the players is down to self-confidence - it`s down to them.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 29 2008

Time: 4:19PM

Your Comments

This summer's gonna be vital to where we're going, if you know what i mean? Obviously jan didnt go to plan, so the summer MUST do
benham
if we are in europe players will want to come, o'neill has done an amazing job, he has unlocked the potential, what he is achieving in the second year of the prem is pretty good, he aint spent a massive amount to warrant such an improvement
krisvilla
I agree. Still though, i am getting a sense of deja vu.
The Usual Suspect
imagine what kind of players will come if we nick that 4th spot!?!
los_angeles_villan
To be honest i'm not interested in hearing this now. MoN is just answering the questions he's asked, but, we need to finish this season first. Line em up, and sign em in the first week of the summer transfer window Martin, that might make the hike in ticket prices easier to stomach.
Waldorf
"we need to finish this season first" -- I reckon that's a bit of a tall order, Waldorf! :o)
BobTheBuilder
It will all hang on IF MON can Identify the players he wants. Thus far young talented players England U21 squad type as MON builds for the future.
col8
I wish MON would shut his mouth on this issue, how does he know "moves will materialise" in the summer? And what was his excuse for last summer?
Saurat
Saurat - how can MON "shut his mouth"? In the world of the Premiership, the press ask you questions and you either answer them or they simply make it up. All he has said, basically, is that he will be looking to strengthen. But reading between the lines, we all know that he doesn't just go for numbers or to please the fans. He is his own man and he knows what he wants. If he can't get that, he'd rather not waste Aston Villa's money. It may take a bit longer but we'll end up with a more cohesive squad that way.
BobTheBuilder
Martin, Martin, Martin, you're making a rod for your own back. Keep it quiet. Action not words.
glensider
 

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