Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

The Villa's Christmas List!

The Villa's Christmas List!

With Christmas fast approaching (my how this year has passed by swiftly) comes the promise of gifts; children making their lists for Santa and heck I am again too.

God knows why, but I never seem to awake to Jennifer Love Hewitt in stockings, but with the Christmas period and New Year celebrations comes another time for presents where Randy Lerner once more dips into his seemingly deep pockets and whilst other clubs feel the brute force of the economic climate we seemingly are in a strong position to buy.

The thing is much like our Christmas Lists, we all want different things as presents. When we receive gifts do we ask ourselves how much it cost? or simply smile and accept the gift for what it is?

Lets face it some people can shop around and get us 3 CD’s for the price of one, others might pay the full RRP price and get you one CD. The thing that I’m beginning to realise is if there is something that you want in life and you obtain it for more than you think is reasonable, is the price not beside the point seeing as you have it?

If you get something you didn’t perhaps want/need then you might consider ebaying it.

Choosing a player is like buying a CD as a gift for someone, the recipient might like Country Music for instance but there is a large different between listening to the gorgeous Taylor Swift and the wonderful sound of the Rascal Flatts.

What happens when the latest in thing CD is unavailable though? Do we wait and perhaps leave the recipient unhappy or look to source an alternative?

We all have different expectations of what we want from Randys gifts this January, the general consensus is that we require a striker, but what kind?

For some like forum member PTP, a proven goal scorer who would perhaps get us 6-10 goals in half a season. Whether this costs 4m or 20m, do we judge them on their goal scoring tally for us? Their transfer fee? Work rate? Their reputation?

Some would like a quality full back to play left back or right back, the trouble is do we need an attacking full back or a solid defensive one? There does not appear to be one that fits both categories well available this January.

BBJ (forum member) would like players who go about their business and do their role with no frills just a professional attitude and performance.

Others like myself would prefer to have a flair midfielder capable of opening up a defence either from the wing or in the centre of the park.

The main point is, Randy is paying for player so does it matter about his price; probably not, what we do want and expect is strength in depth and for me the depth to be challenging the main starting XI for their spots in the team, then and only then will I consider us a bigger team than Everton, Spurs etc.

So my message to Randy is “I look forward to the gifts you buy us this Christmas, but please don’t forget to fill the stockings too” (Preferably with Jennifer Love Hewitt)

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday December 9 2008
Time: 4:50PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Bellew Wants Lebedev Next


Dear Santa, please bring me Crouch and Geovanni! Tell Heskey he can do one. From Little Koolbill
09/12/2008 17:43:00
Please Santa bring us Roque Santa Cruz and Michael Owen.
09/12/2008 19:15:00
That Santa's a big lad' and on to the subject Owen please.
chris the villan
09/12/2008 19:38:00
Do we really need Owen when we have our own Agbonlahor who is keeping Owen out of the England squad ?? I'd like to see Huntelaar in a Villa shirt and maybe then we'd be really challenging the top 4.
Villa 4 Ever
09/12/2008 19:56:00
Huntelaar has just moved to Real Madrid. Not much chance of him in a Villa shirt!
09/12/2008 22:11:00
Santa Cruz and Owen have to be our top priorities this window. I'd really like to see Sturridge from Man City come too. He looks decent.
09/12/2008 22:48:00
If people hadn't noticed, there's a German international striker up for grabs!!!
10/12/2008 01:34:00
I want the same as i wanted last year, SWP and Defoe - looks like i`m screwed for one of em.
10/12/2008 07:01:00
Theres an ex england international who's a big villa fan with lots of pace, would sit happily on the bench waiting and is only 28. Come back Darius, poor fela is in Brum more than he is in Manc land, probably because he keeps getting mugged. Reckon we'd get him on a free and then go for Podolski, perfect squad rotation for our strikers and little Darius could come home!!!!
10/12/2008 09:32:00
Unfortunately for us its Martin O'Neill who does the christmas shopping, so we can look forward to some big signings i am sure. Heskey anyone? Why get Owen or RSC when we can have the Top Goalscorer in the Championship. Do we need another midfielder? We have Osbourne and Salifou waiting in the wings.
10/12/2008 11:01:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

A Call To The 12th Man? 1/2 Season Tickets On Sale

Information on half season tickets to see Steve Bruce shoot us up into the promotion chase!

Steve Bruce Thanking Incredible Villa Fans + More?

More to come, judge him in 3 months, got to bring belief back to the club and the incredible Villa fans. A bumper bonanza !

Stats: Reading v Villa

All the stats from Reading (1) vs (2) Villa, Madejski Stadium, 18/10/16 Att: 20,331

A Reply To Dwight Yorke

It's time to tell Dwight a few things....

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading MotM
Suggested By:
Sub - Ayew8%
Sub - Amavi2%
Sub - McCormack1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 13 9 1 3 28 16
2 Norwich 13 8 3 2 27 8
3 Brighton 13 7 4 2 25 8
4 Huddersfield 13 8 1 4 25 3
5 Birmingham 13 6 5 2 23 5
6 Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 21 0
7 Bristol City 13 6 2 5 20 5
8 Brentford 13 5 4 4 19 7
9 Q.P.R. 13 5 4 4 19 -2
10 Reading 13 5 4 4 19 -4
11 Fulham 13 4 6 3 18 -1
12 Ipswich 13 4 5 4 17 1
13 Preston 13 5 2 6 17 0
14 Leeds Utd 13 5 2 6 17 -2
15 Barnsley 13 5 1 7 16 1
16 Wolves 13 4 4 5 16 0
17 Forest 13 4 3 6 15 -2
18 Aston Villa 13 2 8 3 14 -1
19 Burton 13 3 5 5 14 -2
20 Derby County 13 3 5 5 14 -3
21 Blackburn 13 3 3 7 12 -7
22 Cardiff 13 3 3 7 12 -10
23 Wigan 13 2 5 6 11 -2
24 Rotherham 13 1 3 9 6 -18
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Blog: Austin Preview
Latest Vital Boxing News
Santa Cruz First and then Selby After!
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear433
7.Stephen Jay Hawkings130
The Vital Football Members League