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Villa fans should be confident

If the season started tomorrow and the transfer window closed tonight Aston Villa definitely break that top six - no doubts at all.

Arguably Man Ure are actually the only team in the whole of the Premiership that has a stronger squad than last season and the very few signings that have occurred in other teams are pretty much like for like, e.g.: Barton for Parker, Aliadiere for Viduka.

Possibly you could argue Spurzzz have further pulled ahead of us with the signing of Bale, but how can anyone be sure when he's never played at this level?

So why would I think that a team that limped to 11th is now a sure fire bet for that elusive top-six despite selling players and not strengthening in the slightest?

Our best right back in Delaney didn't even kick a ball last season. Our sole world class player played barely a quarter of the season, but the difference Laursen made was immense.

Our left back Bouma was truly horrendous for half the season. Then it clicked and he looked immense.

Petrov has been homesick and doing a lot travelling and this appears to have affected his form. Myself, I think that McCann affected his form as he changed his game accordingly or simply didn`t have the confidence in his midfield partner. McCann has left and Stan should now have settled into life at VP.

Gardener looked a very classy player when he finally got his chance but we only saw him for a handful of games. The reserve/youth teams record goalscorer spent the vast majority of the season out on the wing. Then he finally switched up front he looked more comfortable and started regularly scoring.

We didn't lose a game for the first few months of the season with Luke Moore in the squad. He then missed almost all the remainder with an injury.

Carew, Young and Maloney were only here for less than a half a season but we've all seen enough to be very excited about the prospect of a full season. The youngsters are another year wiser.

In short: An entire season with all these players will make a massive difference on our league position and nobody else has stolen a march on us in the transfer market either.

I'm with The General - DON'T PANIC MR AVFC48. We haven`t lost any ground on others and unlike all others our team will be a lot stronger (injury permitting) than all the others over the course of this season compared to last.

It's all irrelevant anyway because we will be signing half a dozen players, and I think one will be the proverbial 'bums on seats' type signing that will make the world sit up and take note.

By Beefy

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday June 25 2007
Time: 7:21PM


Some good points. Really cannot see Delaney making a difference and its a bit strong calling Laursen world class.
25/06/2007 19:34:00
am confident but having bad visions
25/06/2007 19:35:00
Get some beer down your neck and read vooddoo gurus thread on the forum. I am not sure wether to laugh or cry but bugger me if all that happened you would be confident. I actually agree with beefys article though and feel that a couple of sound investments could make a big difference. But to really challenge and move on, brave decisions need to be made.
25/06/2007 19:48:00
So what do we want ? A few decent signings and a move up the table as long as no one gets injured, no one loses form ? Or to live in the real world I'm not panicking by any stretch Mr Beefy, O'Neill will deliver, maybe not as I want, but he'll deliver. Why. Because if he doesn't he'll be sacked. I do despair that so many Villa fans have their heads well stuck up their own arses though still preaching the sort of Doctrine we were so used to in the Ellis years, when they got it so totally wrong too.
25/06/2007 21:38:00
I think it would be a mistake to sign someone because they are a NAME - SWP springs to mind. Players should be signed to improve the side not please the fans. For example, if we signed a no name and he scored twenty goals that would be an improvement for the team - eg of this in the past Andy Gray - 30 goals. More recently Berbatov (even though he was expensive). My point - its more important for the team that MON signs the right kind of players and not the players with 'big' names. So lets not hold our breaths waiting for an impressive signing - unless they are right for the team.
25/06/2007 22:35:00
We have a good young team at the moment which is progressing beautifully,I think players like Gabby,Gardner will be our best players in 5 years time.As long as they get regular football they will continue to develop.I dont care about qualifying for Europe yet,we have the nucleus of a potentially great team.Money does not buy success.A few teams will find this out the hard way in a few years.
25/06/2007 22:50:00
Its good to see faith but dont agree with the above sorry. We need better players to progress. Over the next few weeks we will see just how much ambition our billionaires have against the other billionaire owners. Although I dont want to see us getting ripped off its simple to see that there are multiple rich owners all after the same small group of good and available players. This means prices are going to go sky and the ones willing to pay the fees will get them. Over the next few weeks its time t stop talking bright future and make it happen by getting players who will make a difference in.
25/06/2007 23:06:00
over the next few weeks we'll see which are the stupid Billionaires.
25/06/2007 23:12:00
yeah every man and their dog has a bilionaire owner now...but we have the smartest - and the smartest manager. cashback!
26/06/2007 00:32:00
Biggest pile of pi5h ever - "If the season started tomorrow and the transfer window closed tonight Aston Villa definitely break that top six - no doubts at all" ! There is no logic nor evidence to back such nonsensical tripe. From 11TH to 6TH and nobody has even joined villa thus far. Think spurs, everton and portsmouth fans to name a few would be laughing at this.
26/06/2007 00:33:00
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