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Top Four For Villa? Why Not?

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Top Four? Why Not?

2007-08 will always be remembered by Villa Fans as the season that Martin O'Neill took us back into Europe. Okay its only the Intertoto Cup at the moment, but Aston Villa are one step away from the UEFA Cup. It has been a great season, but we should not stand still, lets plan for next season.

So what is our aim for next season? Many fans would argue that we need to aim for 6th again, most seasons it is a qualifying position for the UEFA Cup. I personally believe that we need to go into the Summer aiming higher, not 5th, but 4th. If we finished 6th it would be great, but we need to keep improving.

If we aim for 4th going into the Transfer Window then we can aim for the top players. I can't see any reason why we can not compete with the likes of Liverpool. They have Torres and Gerrard that are both World Class, but we have Barry and if we brought in a top European Striker we could do it.

Aiming for 4th would also encourage Barry to stay, he wants to play in the Champions League, of course he does, but I think he would rather be leading out Aston Villa than be coming on for the last 15 minutes at Liverpool.

This season, Liverpool finished 16 points ahead of us. 16 points. That is only 5 wins and a draw. If we were to sign a goalscorer and a top keeper then we could improve by 5 wins, surely.

Whatever happens next season, it promises to be an exciting one, now over to Randy Lerner and Martin O'Neill to take Aston Villa into the 3rd year of the infamous 5 year plan.

Whether the Champions League is their aim or not, I will be behind them 100%. UTV

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Date:Thursday May 15 2008
Time: 11:00AM


Well said,and that flag looks great.
15/05/2008 10:26:00
15/05/2008 10:37:00
I think Randy and MON will have met prior to the Barry meeting yesterday, so I reckon the plan is in place already, but I still think it will be interesting to see how the fans see next season panning out at this point, of course we can ask the same question in August too, hopefully it wont be much different.
15/05/2008 11:12:00
Can we compete in Europe and the Prem??? Only reason we have done so well with our small squad is because we got kicked out of the 2 domestic cups straight away. We need at least 8 quality players to do this.
15/05/2008 11:15:00
Nice article Young Jonah well done. Jonah give him an extra portion of pudding tonight.
still skeggy
15/05/2008 11:36:00
Next season will be very interesting, we at Everton managed to keep going in the league whilst in Europe, we in fact played much better whilst we were in Europe and just stopped when we got knocked out. I think we used 21 players this season, and on 3 occasions we made about 8 changes. Our back up players are crap though, so we didn't do too well in those games. (except our reserves going and being the only team to win away at AZ in europe lol). It is hard to be playing every 3 days though, you will need to rest players like young and barry, or by the end of the season they will burn out. Pienaar, Arteta and Osman played most of the games until about the 30 game mark, when they all visibly struggled to keep going. It's all about the squad not just the first team in Europe, something both of us lack in a bit. I'm hoping Everton sign at the very least 5 or 6 players of a good standard, and Villa will need to sign at least that to stay where you are in the league and compete in Europe. Will be interesting who copes the best, and the likes of Blackburn, WHAM and the barcodes will benefit in the league battle because of lack of Europe. I'm hoping we have a run at 4th ourselves, but if offered I'd accept 5th and some good cup runs again.
15/05/2008 12:11:00
Good article YJ, I agree that next season the next logical step is to try and gatecrash the top 4. If we can keep scoring the goals and tighten up at the back, then who knows! As for keeping Barry I'd say 2 signings of intent would persuede him to stay. Bentley and a top name striker.
15/05/2008 13:06:00
Or Deano, maybe we could sign a right back?
15/05/2008 13:47:00
personally i dont think we'll get 4th next season but it should be our aim, if that makes sense?? what i think will be a mistake is entering the intertoto as even with big investment in the summer we wont have the squad to sustain 4 competitions. i think we should have built this summer and concentrated on automatic european qualification next season and build again to add depth and quality. Only problem is that the better players want european football, along with piles of cash, so its catch 22 really.
15/05/2008 13:56:00
Intertoto format has changed, Villa only have to play a two leg match against a team from Denmark/Finland or N.Ireland. Its that simple.
15/05/2008 15:06:00
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