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Quite A Refreshing Change For Villa!

Quite a Refreshing change!

Does anyone else feel the same as me when you look at the players linked with the Villa and think 'we COULD actually sign them????'

As everyone would have read through the transfer threads on this site and the official site as well we have been linked with an enormous amount of players, some good, some bad but its quite amazing the turn around in fortunes that has come full circle at Villa Park.

I know as much as anyone, if David Villa comes on the market and wants to come to the premier league, Villa Park isn't going to be his preferred destination (at the moment) but (and it's a big but) if we can pull off the same sort of attacking, entertaining football that we shown last year and finish in and around the top 6 then players will realise that we can start to compete with the big boys of the league and WE ARE starting to compete with the big boys.

The teams around us must be taking note of proceedings at VP and the signings were making, already seen fans tipping us for a top 6 and they aren't even villa fans!

At the moment I am a little hesitant to name a final league position because I don't want to jinx things but a good cup run(s) would be great especially Europe as it will give some of the younger members of the squad an appetite. I guess its like the first time you have a beer after a long hot day at work, once you've had one you want another.

Seen this week links with Cole, Santa Cruz, Smith, Milner and you have got to say that the Villa look an attractive option, European football, players coming in and financially sound (unless Mr Lerner is secretly the military war crime leader of a small country in the back end of nowhere) so compared to other clubs players must be taking note of our strong position, with the likes of Everton, Man City, Newcastle struggling with in fighting, paying the ice cream man and military coup's, things are looking up!

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Date:Wednesday August 13 2008

Time: 12:00PM

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I have to agree, I 've never felt so relaxed, great stuff from the Villa, keep it up, and we might just be able to move to that next level.
eltoro
Nice article 83. With the exception of Man United, last season we put the ****s up all of the big boys of this league, and Chelsea a notch more than others. With the defensive improvements we've already made, and the addition of the needed winger and possibly another striker, theres no reason we shouldn't be doing the same or more this coming year. The test will really come based on how many games we play - if we do have a good few cup runs we'll be playing a significantly higher number of games than past seasons, let's hope the lads can handle it.
Mayo_12
Yep, we are there or thereabouts now - with the defensive improvement and maybe another couple of signings in midfield and up front, we are looking to be quite a formidable opponent.. again... finally!!!!
romanianvillain
There's no doubt the squaqd is much improved but I prefer not to get too carried away. WE've still got some way to go to becoming a Top4 Club. The Top4 Clubs (unfortunately I still have to include LPool are head and shoulders abpve the rest of the Prem. and they have been for at least the last 5 or 6 years. We're definitely are on the way to join them, hopefully at the expense of one of the London Clubs. For us to finish 4th next season would be an absolutely magnificent achievement but I will be more than satisfied with another 6th place finish and a knock at EUAFA again. A respectable cup run to at least the semis has got to be a realistic ambition next season UPTV!
villacross
There's no doubt about it, the goings on at Villa Park over the summer months, have to have made most of our premiership rivals, and indeed their supporters, sit up and take notice. There's still a way to go, but the important thing is that after years of stagnation and decline throughout the Ellis era, the club is now moving forward, both on and off the field of play, at an amazing rate. Optimism fills the air surrounding Villa Park, we are indeed once again an attractive option for the better players out there. The lads did us proud last season, but they know as well as anyone out there, that the going gets tougher from here on in. Getting from sixteenth to sixth was the relatively easy part of the journey, the going now gets very much tougher, as we attempt to not only consolidate ourselves again as a genuine top six outfit, but take that next huge step forward as we attempt to reach the next level. Exciting times ahead, but after years of disappointment and frustration, you'd better believe that we're ready for them. Good article Upthevilla_83.
glensider
I think that villacross is both sensible and realistic with his comments about another sixth place finish. That wouldn't be a matter of standing still, on the contrary, it should be viewed as a case of genuine consolidation. Rome wasn't built in a day. Lengthy runs in one of the domestic cup tournaments, or even the UEFA Cup, would be very nice, but of course progress in such competitions depends very much on the luck of the draw. The premiership has to be our number one priority, but I'm sure that once again we'll do ourselves justice, confirming to all and sundry that AVFC are well and truly back in business.
glensider
 

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