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The General Brings Transfers Into Focus

The General Brings Transfers Into Focus

What is The General up to?

If my name was Randy Lerner and I had put oodles of my own cash into Aston Villa Football Club I really think, given the scenario we have at the moment with regard to transfers out of and into the club; that I would be beginning to panic.

I could see all that cash and the hard work of the past two years starting to disintegrate because, whether you are a football expert or not, it is patently obvious that with the players we have available at the moment, we do not have a team that is capable of competing in the Premier League.

I know this is restating the obvious but, it needs to be said; we need two right backs, another good central defender to back up Laursen and Davies and we need at least one more left back. In fact, ideally we need two left backs or at least another left footed midfielder who could fill in should whoever we buy(if we buy) gets injured. Then in midfield we need a good winger to play on the right and a constructive playmaker/ ball holder to replace our latest proposed departure. And that is just to get us to a position whereby we might stand still and be in a position to compete for sixth place in the league again.

Given that, with the departures, the team will inevitably take time to settle. So where are we at the moment? In fact, apart from the goalkeeper problem being solved, we have made no progress at all. No, I am not discounting Steve Sidwell, he was not brought in to replace our defecting captain but to give us additional options and strengthen our team. We need these positions filled now, but all we have are vague newspaper reports and blogs saying we are looking at this player, perhaps enquiring about another, thinking about making a bid etc all in the £3 - £4m category. It has been going on for weeks now and we are still, apparently, no nearer strengthening our team than we were at the beginning of the transfer window.

Which brings the question, 'What is The General up to?' right into focus? As one of Randy's right hand men, him saying publicly that, if he asked for it, MON would get £30m for one player is, in my opinion, making a very clear statement. It comes into the 'Put up or step aside' category.

Buy the players we need now and stop pussyfooting about.

MON cannot go through this transfer window with as little activity as in the previous windows because the team, as it stands, is not strong enough to withstand another season as demanding as the last. In addition though, the General's statement goes even further and implies that to really make our team competitive with the top four we need players who are in the market at £10 - £15m even up to £30m, the Bosingwa's and Nelson's of this world to name but two. Rafa Benitez reportedly has no money, but can still find £38m to buy two top class players while we spend a reported £9m on two goalkeepers and a midfielder.

Why are we not buying players in the same category as Liverpool?

One further thought, Randy and the General must know that by making the statement they did that they would be putting pressure on MON to deliver the new players we need forthwith. In addition that the same statement would also invite other clubs to hike up the price of any of their players that we may be interested in. That however is the price we must pay if we are to make progress again this year. I sincerely hope we do!


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Date:Wednesday August 6 2008
Time: 6:09PM


ABSOLOUTLEY RIGHT we need at least 5 more signings in less than 2 weeks and so far we have only brought 4 in jus over a month. very worrying times
06/08/2008 18:31:00
Sorry to throw in a wet balanket, but I see very little in this article that can be substantiated except with regards to the full-backs position. As far as that is concerned, it will be sorted, I am sure - and this month. The situation is not ideal, but it's a lot to do with losing Barry at the precisely the wrong time. We'll get there, though.
06/08/2008 18:41:00
i hope it will be sorted in the next week.. to be fair we have a manchester city team who can play a weak team in the ueafa cup an they can rest the likes of jo if they wanted. whereas we don't have enough players to rest so our players will be travelling while most of the man city players will be working for the 1st game of the season. i also don't see why we haven't gone for someone like jo an ben-haim 2 very good players. if u have £30m to spend on one player then i would be going for some of the rising stars just like jo
06/08/2008 18:46:00
it is a joke the position we are in..we should prioritise getting bodies in and should have since the start of the season,i didnt care at the time but looking back what the hell was our manager doing at the euro's? obviously not looking at the exciting young foreign talent on display?why are the team now in spain?sorry but as a pr exercise going off on a training holiday while practically every fan is pulling there hair out in frustration and probably fear for the coming season its just o'neil please talk directly to the fans tell us you WILL have this position and THAT position filled and that we WILL bring in x amount of players...
06/08/2008 18:49:00
Too many things to talk about all in one post, but here's an attempt at the key things for me. It's laughable frankly how the General's fansite posts have developed into news stories that are now being commented on by fansites. Quite fairly he responded to the doubts raised by (some) online supporters about the availability of cash. He didn't say or imply that we need expensive players, just that no limit had been set by Lerner. We are short in some areas, no doubt. But for anyone to suggest that we do not have a team that is capable of competing in the Premier League is beyond gloomy and is borderline hysterical. I think people play too much Fantasy Football/Championship Manager: there's more to football than the value of your squad. I'm looking forward to the season because we've got exciting players, we're in Europe and it was great to watch last season. If we can hold our own in and around the UEFA spots, have a good run in a couple of cups while playing like we did last time then that will be season ticket money well spent. Last thing. As I have read elsewhere, to assume that buying players is just about writing out big cheques is nuts. They've got to be the right players and they need to want to come to us. Some of the names I see on here have every right to be looking for Champs League only, and we can't do that yet. There aren't enough of the right players around, but I do believe we are looking for the right pieces to fit into the jigsaw. It's a medium term game we're playing so let's be patient, relax and enjoy the ride. We are so much better off than we were two years agoso let's not measure our football satisfaction in gossip inches and transfer fees.
06/08/2008 18:53:00
freelancelot?a team capable of competing in the premier league?please fill me in on our starting 11....or i'll make it easier our back for against man city???
06/08/2008 18:57:00
i wish we had mr o'leary in the market an mr o'neil for the games aha
06/08/2008 19:00:00
yh our back 4 against man city and u can't include barry in the team either cause that wil be cheating
06/08/2008 19:01:00
answer is we dont have 4 fit defenders at the club(youth players not inc)we have laursen and knight fully fit davies nearly i forgetting someone????
06/08/2008 19:08:00
you no what i've only just recognised we only have 3 proper defenders available for selection. that is quite worrying if you htink about it
06/08/2008 19:09:00
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