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WOW - What A Spend That Was For Villa!

WOW - What A Spend That Was For Villa!

Wow what a spend that was

Well now we know, those of us who questioned the funding have well and truly been shown the colour of Randy's money and how.

Whether you think its enough, whether you feel its been well spent or whether you despair more hadn't been spent earlier is of secondary significance, the point remains nearly 50 million was spent.

Not that you'd know of course, it has strangely missed the headlines of all media outlets probably because of the remarkable change at Man City, probably because it seems good publicity and Aston villa don't mix

Anyway I digress.

End of season 06/07 Villa finished 6th, a remarkable achievement considering the small squad and lack of quality, due in no small amount to the lack of serious spending on serious quality allied to the exit of some decent if not spectacular second string players.

Come the window opening, the number of players required just to compete was for me beyond both the financial clout we had shown before and the managers, willingness/ability to spend.

Well we did, so there I'm surprised, amazed even, but delighted never the less.

Now of course a precedent has been set and of course it means that there has to be a desire, even a requirement that 6th not only has to be achieved it has to be beaten. By that I don't mean I'm expecting us to storm into the top 4 and gain EL qualification, but I do think that after finishing 6th and spending so much more than most every other club but Man City, including Chelsea, Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool if we don't someone somewhere has failed.

By avfc48

Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
Time: 5:03PM


Does this mean you are returning proper, good sir? I must admit I have missed our discussions.

It's not up to me to say anything or gloat, we leave that to Martin and Randy. All I will say is I'm glad the club and it's management has surpassed your expectations, and long my it continue. *Tips hat*
03/09/2008 17:08:00
do you mean the 07/08 season? sorry to pedantic :)
03/09/2008 17:15:00
I too have missed AV48's different opinions.... however, despite the seemingly positive post, you've done as you usually do and add your own conclusion to the end on what does or does not deem success at Aston Villa FC. As entitled to your own opinion as you are, I'd suggest failure in the prem is a much thinner line than it used to be given the investment other teams have made over recent years. I think we should be challenging for at least UEFA positions, but let's not set ourselves lines of success or failure until the end of the season. Finishing 4th with internal strife like at NUFC, or with 4 players like Young/Barry/Laursen leaving would be a failure, whereas finishing 7th, missing out on UEFA after everyone, inc MON has done their best would not be a failure to me.
03/09/2008 17:17:00
Good to see you back! I think Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal ended last season with a much broader and deeper talent pool than us, so the £50m is not expected to move us ahead of any of them. Spurs have spent big in the last 5 or 6 windows and were also starting from a much stronger position. Our spend in this window has just about replaced the players that we've lost and filled the gaps that have existed for a while. Don't get me wrong, I am very pleased with our recent transfer activities, but it was desperately needed just to give us the opportunity to stay in around 6th place.
03/09/2008 17:17:00
What you have to do here is keep reality in check...YES it was a fantastic window, but it was what we needed. Last season was a major over acheivement, the side needed improving, especially with 1 or 2 leaving this summer, i feel MON did a fantastic job with the players he bought in...6th has to be the aim...4th would be a wet dream...8th wouldnt be a disaster. 8 new players will need time to bed, 4/5 of our current defense are new signings...lets be realistic guys, i dont wanna have expectancy go through the roof and then people being negative if we finish 7th....WE ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION SLOWLY !!
03/09/2008 17:20:00
Looking at the squad now, we have a team of experienced proven premiership players. We may not have any Brazilians ( or any foreigners atall really bar a couple of Europeans that are only a couple of hundred miles from home) but I too was starting to question MON's balls but he has done enough to compete against anyone, if not overwelming oppositions through flair and skill we should expect to win our fair share.
03/09/2008 17:25:00
i think spurs have awesome attaking midfielders but no good defensive midfielders. also their strike force is not a jot on keane and berbatov
03/09/2008 17:32:00
glad you're back '48'. you're a good bunch of lads
03/09/2008 17:53:00
Thanks for the nice greetings all, brilliant, just remember them when I rattle your cage next. An interesting spectrum of opinions,and that is all I expressed, mine. I agree with all of you too, there will be contributing factors that determine the end result, but football is about winning, winning is about targets, targets need to be set. In the 2007/2008 season,(oops) the one fact often used to justify O'Neill's policies, was, we finished 6th. It remains the height of his achievement on far less expenditure, so surely his target after such a spend has to be far higher and it has to be not achievable but achieved. Whilst I appreciate all your views on each of the clubs mentioned, excepting the top 4, only one finished above us, only one spent more, they finished 3 spots below us. So the squad have to achieve, there is no hiding place. We have a talented squad says O'Neill, one able to cope with what we have to come. It not only needs to cope it needs, as he does, to justify the faith put in him by such a wonderful owner. Finishing below 6th without a very good run in the Cups and without a qualification in Europe is no justification.
03/09/2008 18:30:00
it was a very good and wise spend, but don't get ahead of ourselves, the team is getting there, another summer of spending like we just had, we could be very real top 4 contenders... (bar any Arab takeover of Hull City)
03/09/2008 18:57:00
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