Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Martin O'Neill's Squad Re-building

Martin O'Neill's Squad Re-building

caymanvillain on the re-building of the squad.

Looking at our squad shows that MON has completely remoulded it since he became manager. I have indicated who signed the player or whether they are youth product.

1 Brad Friedel Goalkeeper MON
2 Luke Young Defender MON
3 Wilfred Bouma Defender DOL
4 Steve Sidwell Midfielder MON
5 Martin Laursen Defender DOL
6 Gareth Barry Midfielder BL
7 Ashley Young Midfielder MON
8 James Milner Midfielder MON
9 Marlon Harewood Striker MON
10 John Carew Striker MON
11 Gabriel Agbonlahor Striker YOUTH
13 Stuart Taylor Goalkeeper DOL
14 Nathan Delfouneso Striker YOUTH
15 Curtis Davies Defender MON
16 Zat Knight Defender MON
17 Moustapha Salifou Midfielder MON
18 Emile Heskey Striker MON
19 Stiliyan Petrov Midfielder MON
20 Nigel Reo-Coker Midfielder MON
21 Nicky Shorey Defender MON
22 Bradley Guzan Goalkeeper MON
24 Carlos Cuellar Defender MON
26 Craig Gardner Midfielder YOUTH
27 Isaiah Osbourne Midfielder YOUTH
29 Stephen O'Halloran Defender YOUTH
46 Barry Bannan Defender YOUTH
47 Ciaran Clark Defender YOUTH
48 Nathan Baker Defender YOUTH
49 Chris Herd Midfielder YOUTH
51 Shane Lowry Midfielder YOUTH

Of the current squad, MON has signed 16 players. Considering that he didn't have much opportunity to sign players in Summer 2006, that is an average of about 3 signings per transfer window.

Of his signings Salifou, Shorey haven't worked out, but the rest including Sidwell, Kinght and Reo-Coker have done at least all right in my book.

Murph, I think your problem with MON is that he hasn't bought the players that YOU would have bought to the club. But the players he has bought in have done extremely well.

It is easy to sneer at MON's achievements in the transfer market. But his players and his motivation have got us within touching distance of 2nd place.

Date:Monday February 2 2009
Time: 5:49PM


within touching distance of 1st place. The man is as big as it's dreams :)
02/02/2009 18:12:00
Touching distance is not quite there though is it? We wont find out till May but this WAS the best opportuinty to bring in players and see off the challenge from Arsenal while still trying to win one of the 2 other competitions we are in. Only time will tell, the proof is in the pudding and all that but I cant shake this feeling we have missed a big opportunity here.
02/02/2009 18:21:00
tez86 what the hell do you want after 2 and a half seasons, to win the bloody league?We didn`t need to sign anyone so we didn`t end of story.
02/02/2009 18:33:00
Love Mon but still gutted
02/02/2009 18:48:00
of course we want to win the league why wouldnt you?
02/02/2009 18:50:00
i think if we could all manage our club we would do it in different ways. granted i would of liked to have seen a bit more activity in the pen to paper department but it was not to be. im sure that it is alot harder to pry players away from their clubs in this window than the summer. in my opinion we are ahead of schudule and will still be happy if we finish 5th this year. although i can see why some are frustrated as no-one except man u seem to be playing well this year and it would be great to nick one of those champions league spots.
02/02/2009 18:52:00
lerneravfc it seems we have very different opinions. I think with the size of our squad it goes without saying we need more bodies. We are short in fullback positions and on the wings. I also think we need more of a goal scorer up front as I dont think Heskey will goive us anything Carew doesnt. As avflell said of course I want to league ahowever unlikely, realistically I want us to have a squad that can compete in every competition we are in, I just cant see theis squad last the distance in them all. I dont think we have ever been in a better opportunity to attract quality players, we will just have to wiat and see what the end of the season brings I guess.
02/02/2009 19:10:00
"We didn`t need to sign anyone so we didn`t end of story.". A bold statement, did MON tell you that he didn't want to sign anyone? That is very worrying if true.
Hoss The Villain
02/02/2009 19:23:00
Have to agree with Tez, with the exception of Sat I think we've looked tired in recent weeks. Heskey has added a bit of a bounce in the step but feel a couple more players would have equipped us a lot better for the next few months. Its not a question of wanting to win the league its a question of matching Arsenals results for the next 16 games, a tough ask if they sign Arseshaving as well!!! We're still in with a great shout though if we get behind them every week and the dickhead "boo-boys" keep quiet. (having said that I couldn't hear them from the Holte!)
02/02/2009 19:33:00
A lot of people's opinions on MON's transfer activity are still based on assumption. You assume he hasn't gone in for certain top quality players, you assume he hasn't offered the money we can afford and you assume that the players would want to come to us. The truth of it is, we don't know what's been done behind the scenes. Fair enough MON has a less than sparkling attitude to glitzy type players but the league position we're in speaks for itself. Maybe he did all he could to bring players in and simply couldn't get the clubs to release them. He himself said he wanted to strengthen but didn't know if it were possible. What's the point in signing make piece signigs if they don't work? Would you prefer we go and slap 8mil in for titus bramble so we can make sure we have the numbers?
02/02/2009 19:37:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Garde Talks Duverne & Fleetwood Friendly

Manager Remi Garde has been talking about the importance of fitness coach Robert Duverne and in today's friendly against Fleetwood Town we WON!

Striker Who Scores Linked With Villa Exit Shocker

Baffling... Kozak being linked with a Villa Park exit...

Garde Talks Gardner & Kozak

Manager Remi Garde has said that he'll be closely assessing the fitness of Gary Gardner and Libor Kozak in today's behind closed doors friendly against Fleetwood Town.

Pre Watford Information

With stepped up security for games following the events in Paris, Aston Villa have released a brief statement ahead of the Watford match.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Everton MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Sanchez69%
Sub - Gestede0%
Sub - N'Zogbia1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 13 8 4 1 28 8
2 Man Utd 13 8 3 2 27 10
3 Man City 13 8 2 3 26 14
4 Arsenal 13 8 2 3 26 12
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 13
6 West Ham 13 6 3 4 21 4
7 Everton 13 5 5 3 20 8
8 Southampton 13 5 5 3 20 5
9 Liverpool 13 5 5 3 20 2
10 Crystal Palace 13 6 1 6 19 1
11 Stoke 13 5 4 4 19 -1
12 WBA 13 5 2 6 17 -5
13 Watford 13 4 4 5 16 -2
14 Swansea 13 3 5 5 14 -4
15 Chelsea 13 4 2 7 14 -6
16 Norwich 13 3 3 7 12 -8
17 Newcastle 13 2 4 7 10 -12
18 Sunderland 13 2 3 8 9 -12
19 AFC Bournemouth 13 2 3 8 9 -13
20 Aston Villa 13 1 2 10 5 -14
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Former FIA boss slams Ferrari
Latest Vital Boxing News
Hughie Fury Fights on Dusseldorf Bill
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Nov 28 2015 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions936
2.The Fear581
Vital Football Comment