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So How Was Villa's Transfer Window For You?

So How Was Villa's Transfer Window For You?

There seems to be mixed views on this transfer window. I must admit I'm pretty much on the fence, I don't think it was a great summer of spending but I certainly don't think it was a bad one! If not for a big name wow player or a striker, I'd have been well happy but as it is, we have improved numbers wise slightly and have strengthened.

I guess, the same as last summer, the only time to really judge this transfer window is when the 2008/2009 season closes. Will Martin O'Neill once again be proved right in his buys? Hope so. Villa have again broken the transfer record, this time for James Milner from Newcastle. Althought it was an undisclosed fee, it was certainly £12million or over! He will make a great addition and gives the side balance so that we have both sides catered for and the supply should be all but sorted. The supply to who? Well, we have to hope and pray that John Carew can stay fit and keep his form up. Then there is the younger (and by weekend press reports knackered...!) Gabby Agbonlahor who is still learning. If he gets a chance he has shown that he can take it, he just needs to work on his positional play. Beyond that we don't have much back up, no disrespect to Marlon Harewood but he proved in the Uefa midweek once again, he isn't a 90 minute player.

Some are saying Brad Friedel was a great signings, some aren't so sure that Villa are showing ambition with bringing in a 37-year-old. How will we know who is right? Yup, end of season!

Nicky Shorey provides more than adequate cover for the injured Freddy Bouma although again, already some doom mongers are saying Shorey isn't good enough. Come on guys, give the lad a chance! Luke Young might not have been the first choice for right-back but at least he is a right-back and from what I've seen so far, a decent one at that! Just to have a right-back will do me as I thought last season was a disgrace and not fair on Olof Mellberg (who said he felt out of sorts all season out wide).

Carlos Cuellar I've not seen play but by the disgust and depression in Glasgow at his depature, I'd say we have a gem there. Can't wait to see him line up, although it will be tough for Martin O'Neill to decide who to drop, if anyone, to make way. There is no way on earth he can drop Martin Laursen but it would be harsh on Curtis Davies to end up on the bench. Also very bad news for Zat Knight although hopefully there will be enough games to go around if we have a cup run or two!

Then of course we have Steve Sidwell so O'Neill has a selection headache in midfield, a nice headache to have after the lack of options over the last few years, especially when you consider how well Craig Gardner is developing as well, so we do have choices there. Be interesting to know if he'd have bought Sidwell if he knew Gareth Barry was staying!

So, a good summer, not a great one. Hopefully we can push on up to the ....... dare I mention it so early.... January transfer window, and then possibly grab a striker? If not we need a good cup run, maybe - hope and pray - some silverware and we can splash the cash next summer on an even higher quality forward?

Our latest poll asks what you think of the transfer window.

As below, Martin O'Neills' transfers to date. If I've missed any let me know. It is only rough, the latest signings were mostly undisclosed but gives us a rough idea of the ins and outs + prices paid.

FIRST SEASON 2006/2007 :


Kevin Phillips WBA £700k
Matthieu Berson Levante £1m
Ulises De La Cruz Reading Free
Peter Whittingham Cardiff City £250k
Eric Djemba Djemba Quatar Free
Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls Free
Milan Baros Lyon Swap
Mark Delaney Retired

Total sold £2m


Stiliyan Petrov Celtic £6.5m
Didier Agathe Celtic Free
Chris Sutton Celtic Free
Phil Bardsley Manchester United Loan
Gabor Kiraly Crystal Palace Loan
John Carew Lyon Swap
Ashley Young Watford £9.65m
Shaun Maloney Celtic £1.1m

Total bought £17m

Net Spend 2006/2007 £15m

SECOND SEASON 2007/2008:


Gary Cahill Bolton Undisc (in region of £4m?)
Liam Ridgewell Birmingham £2m
Jlloyd Samuel Bolton Free
Lee Hendrie Sheffield United Free
Chris Sutton Retired
Steven Davis Fulham £4m
Aaron Hughes Fulham £1m
Gavin McCann Bolton £1m
Robert Olejnik Falkirk Free

Total sold £12m


Wayne Routledge Tottenham £1.5m
Moustapha Salifou FC Wil Undisc.
Curtis Davies West Brom Loan
Zat Knight Fulham £3.5m
Scott Carson Liverpool Loan
Harry Forrester Watford £250 000 initial fee rising on appearances
Eric Lichaj Unattached Free
Marlon Harewood West Ham Undisc (region of £3.5m?)
Nigel Reo-Coker West Ham £8.5m

Total bought £17m

Net spend 2007/2008 £5m

THIRD SEASON 2008/2009


Luke Moore (West Brom - £3.5million)
Olof Mellberg (Juventus - free)
Patrick Berger (Sparta Prague - free)
Thomas Sorensen (released)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic, £1million)

Total sold: £4.5m


Curtis Davies (WBA undisclosed but around £7.5million?)
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea £5.5million)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn, undisclosed but in the region of £2 - £2.5million)
Brad Guzan (Chivas US, undisclosed, starts at around £800k up to £2m on appearances etc?)
Nicky Shorey (Reading, around £4m?)
Luke Young (Middlesbrough, around £5m?)
Carlos Cuellar (Rangers £7.8million)
James Milner (Newcastle, around £12million?)

Total bought so far: £45 000 000

Net total so far: £40 500 000.

Total spend by MON so far roughly (as some are undisclosed fees) £60 500 000

*Loan fees not included. Figures rounded up or down. Only a rough guideline!*

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday September 2 2008
Time: 10:32AM


Brilliant,We will do very well up until jan and go bac in and get a striker.But i bet a few were staring at ssn and the robiniho thing getting all moody like little kids,They have a little brazilian baby who is raping their club for 6 million a year and will ***** off when chelsea or barca come in for him in 2 years or so.I will take our policy of buying hungry players who want to do well on the pitch over "big name" money grabbing ****`s any day of the week.
02/09/2008 10:38:00
Apparently there is a jounalist in Brazil who believes Robinho may think he's joined man utd as no-one over there has heard of city. LOL. So hope it's true.
Mister Mick
02/09/2008 10:42:00
After a shakey start MON made real progress. I don't think we've signed any donkeys and we now have something that looks like a proper squad. Still think we're a bit light at the back and a 20+ goals a season striker would be gr8, but now the hard works been done next summer we could be spending this summers entire budget on 1 player.(well 2 then or am i getting carried away?)
Mister Mick
02/09/2008 10:48:00
Sadly Mister Mick, the way things are going, we will have to spend the same as this window's total spend on just two players and they will be mediocre players. This city thing doesn't wory me in terms of footbal this season but it puts into question the future stability of world club football to a greater degree than even Abramovic did.
Villan Of The North
02/09/2008 11:01:00
Solid sound squad we're developing. Young hungry players. Exciting times ahead folks.
02/09/2008 11:17:00
Yup. Not bad. Milner can always play up-front, or Ash, if needs be. Time for the football to begin.
02/09/2008 11:22:00
I'm happy with the players that we've brought in - a proven striker (Ashton, Roque Santa Cruz) would have turned a good window into a great one. We now need to be patient for another game or two while the squad gels.
02/09/2008 11:35:00
Ash to inside forward is an interesting thought, I think he would do it well. I just feel there has been a lack of adventure in the signings. everything was set for him, not so sure that MON really delivered.
02/09/2008 11:37:00
Could have been worse but we're still signing to many "squad type" players who are unlikely to make us serious Top4 contenders. Maybe the penny will drop sometime that "when you pay peanuts....". It's no secret why the Top4 Clubs are unassailable - they pay more in wages and transfers than the other clubs - but despite this they still make satisfactory trading profits and therefore keep the owners satisfied. So how long has O'Neill now got. I can't think of any manager Villa have had in the last 20 years (except GT) who would'nt have done more, with Lerner's backing.
02/09/2008 11:38:00
Our next spend this summer..... wait for it... £3million.... Yourselves, City and spurs are going to leave us behind...
02/09/2008 11:44:00
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