Best Time For Villa To Buy?
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Best Time For Villa To Buy?

I've seen several small articles in various Villa related sites, putting forward suggestions for why its better we sign players later rather than earlier, wonder why, does it have anything to do with O'Neill's reputation for leaving matters until the last minute ?

In fairness some contributors go as far as to suggest its better O'Neill adapts this ploy, it ensures they say we don't get panic buys like DJ x 2, which may be true.

Hence I've pondered the question 'when is the best time'

Logically between season end and window closing is the answer, some 10 weeks is it? Bearing in mind O'Neill only had 2 weeks from when he joined last season, and we may surmise, maybe he had some major financial restrictions too. Obviously managers have different styles, seems O'Neill's is for leaving things until late and buying in older experienced players usually on a downslope who return some great performances before being moved on after having earned more money than they dreamed of for two maybe three seasons.

I remember when Thompson left us for Celtic, I didn't shed many tears, he'd done a decent job, but lacked that something, the fee paid was amazing for us we do tend to give players away. He did well enough though which again makes me wonder about the level of football in Scotland, 6 hard games a season ok for me.

The Premiership is a completely different kettle of fish of course, harder than ever now more teams have better financial backing, certainly harder than when O'Neill last managed there.

Leaving things until the last minute would I reckon, mean you have to pay more than normal, simply because as the season approaches selling clubs have less time to find replacements and are less keen to sell. Player also have made their mind to stay at a club and unless they are a player who knows he isn't wanted will not be too keen to consider upping and moving, especially if its across borders, even continents.

Plus in this day and age of media friendly agents its bloody hard to find a player who isn't available. From what I know, we all know, agents make it very obvious which players are or aren't available, even, I'd suggest players who are available, even if their club doesn't know it.

There will always be the surprise transfer or three, but usually they cost a fortune, and with all respect Villa fans, I can't see an Essien or a Kaka being persuaded to join Villa no matter what fee or wage we
pay.Which in itself brings an added problem for O'Neill, he'll be choosing from a limited pack, one which is diminishing as each week passes.I'll explain further, hopefully.

First he needs quality, not the sort of quality he's bought pre Villa mind, he doesn't need Lennon's, Thompson's, Heskey's although all might do a job as Sutton nearly has. If as it is rumoured he's allowing Moore, Ridgewell, and Davis to leave if they want, I can't see the point of replacing them with near past it, older players. He's seemingly giving Mellberg, McCann new contracts, Berger has one already, are they better long term, even short term assets to the club than the above 3? No.

Back to transfer timings, European leagues are still in action and usually when they close the real transfer merry go around starts in earnest, two problems here, O'Neill has said he prefers UK based players
and many of those top players aren't coming to Villa this season, we can't offer enough. But when it starts the snowball effect comes into operation and more players are available who maybe weren't before.

So although I'd have preferred to see a few positive moves, Parker is a huge miss as is Distin, I'm not too concerned yet, especially when I concede Young, Carew and Maloney were huge if mainly ineffectual buys in January, in comparison to other clubs.

Where I am very concerned is the number of players we require. We needed plenty before we lost Samuel, Hendrie, DJx2, and now Moore, Davis and Ridgewell maybe, but then that has nothing to do with timing ;)

Leaving transfers to last minute brinkmanship is no longer a viable Premiership tactic in my view, if O'Neill hasn't decided who he wants by now, he's plainly not been doing his job, this suggestion he's waiting to make sure is just plain and simple daft excuse making. My thoughts are he needs others to start things off, Liverpool to buy before they sell, Man Utd to get their striker from Spain, and so on. Then we will see action.


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Date:Monday June 4 2007
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As long as we have our new arrivals in and settled by big kick off day, that should suffice. Better that, than still be rushing round attempting to tie up deals as the window is about to slam firmly shut.
05/08/2007 21:57:00
It's obviously better to have all of our transfer business done and dusted prior to day one of pre-season training, but obviously in the real world that isn't going to happen. Lets just bide our time, there's no cause for panic or concern. The club knows where its going nowadays, we're no longer a rudderless ship being tossed about from storm to storm.
19/06/2007 15:27:00
But i want us to buy a top player,stick his name on the back of me shirt and pretend i`m him down the park ??? And i`m 34 !! Reo-Coker,Koumas and a RB will do me just fine by start of season.
05/06/2007 10:31:00
OneLoveVilla speaks sense.
04/06/2007 23:26:00
By the way how can you consider Carew and Young to be ineffectual?
04/06/2007 22:24:00
Sorry, but I don't get the point of this article. It's all speculation. MON has been on holiday and a lot of players are now/will soon be on holiday due to european qualifiers/international friendlies etc. Up to now Randy et al have made a few statements of intention e.g. Bodymoor Heath, Holte Hotel, team strengthening in January, and as far as I'm concerned have delivered on all of them. I am certain that we are targeting signings and we shall hear of them when they are imminent. It is interesting that up to now we have not been publicly linked with anybody from within the club. Have a bit of faith.
04/06/2007 22:21:00
MON said he wanted contracts with Mellberg/McCann sorted and then he would look to bring in a few signings BEFORE he went on holiday so things look to have stagnated somewhere ?
04/06/2007 22:13:00
Before we all get more excited than a 6year old on Christmas eve , eagerly anticipating what Santa is going to bring, we should look at all the variables.For a start some of these "Star" players we are aiming to sign would be internationals(I bloody hope),and therefore played at the worldcup last year, our maybe still playing with their international clubs now and will want a holiday!Preseason starts in 6 weeks so they will be off for a couple of weeks with the missus & kids!..fair enough I say.Even then two clubs must agree a fee, agents start to talk figures and of course try to get as many people onto their gravy train ( at 10-20% etc..) to up the 0dds.That is of course if you can find the right agent( as pointed out by Ian Storey-Moore).Then MON needs to speak to the lad and finally HE HAS TO ATTEND A MEDICAL.Not so easy when you are on holiday with the missus!...So we should all calm down a little.Yes we all want signings but it's not like nipping into the shop for a loaf of bread.MON wants quality, he has said he is going to buy quality, Richard Fitzgerald has stated the club is after quality and so has the General!.They know how much it costs and if these deals are ploughing ahead and the press have not got a whiff, we are shrewd operators.Lets just enjoy the nice weather have a beer and look forward to the first home game of the new season.The we get to spank the blues...TWICE!!..lovely jubbly..
04/06/2007 22:05:00
I wouldn't say Hargreaves is one of the top midfielders in Europe, based on what? Kaka, Ronaldhino, Fabregas, Gerrard, Vierra, Ronaldo maybe. The Koumas link is tripe in my opinion. We need to get our top targets and take whatever time it takes to do that.
04/06/2007 20:47:00
Parker excepted iomvilla I'd agree and that alone is a worrying thought. Would Bellamy, would Koumas, would they No not for me either
04/06/2007 20:34:00
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