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.

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

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

Gollini Gets A Bit Blue

Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has insisted the players are under no illusions when it comes to what this weekend's match against Birmingham City means to the fans.

Match Day Officials v Birmingham (30/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Birmingham City this Sunday.

Neilson Not A Willing Souttar

Heart of Midlothian boss Robbie Neilson has issued a hands off warning to Aston Villa following speculation that we are preparing an offer for defender John Souttar.

Fans Held Back This Sunday

West Midlands Police have released a statement ahead of this Sunday's derby clash against Birmingham City and confirmed that travelling Villans will be held in...

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)

Will Villa get promoted?
Suggested By: J P Fear
Yes, automatically25%
Yes, through play offs40%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 19
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eggington Stops Gavin in Eight Rounds
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

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
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear587
9.Stephen Jay Hawkings152
The Vital Football Members League