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Villa Summertime!

Villa Summertime!

Villa Summertime!

Not sure about everyone else but I feel that this season, whatever its conclusion may be, has given us Villans a lot to be proud of. Maybe we will miss out on Champions league qualification, and that would be a great shame after all of our efforts, but we have given it a bloody good go, and will hopefully continue to do so.

Now the only thing we must do is not allow our season of good work to go to waste over the summer. We have to make signings which will improve us as a team, and perhaps even more importantly, a squad. Our first team is pretty good, perhaps lacking in quality in a couple of areas, our squad however has shown that it is not strong enough to compete over a long long season. Now the question in who would best be able to strengthen our side is thankfully not up to me, it is up to our leader, one Martin O'Neill. I would however like to venture a few suggestions. :)

Firstly as highly as I rate young Gabby, he is not a machine, he can not play full tilt for an entire season. We need a front line striker who will score goals, at a reasonable price, simple as that! Easier said than done.

However one player who would come for about £10 000 000 is Darren Bent. Yes he would be a Spurs reject, but he is also a young striker who is a proven goal scorer, not a common beast. A good shout I feel. Other than him I feel we would be able to look at someone along the lines of Owen, again a proven goal scorer who would come relatively cheap, he is however old, and more worryingly has an injury record which, if he were a racehorse would have seen him shot a LONG time ago. Other than him I feel we would be looking abroad.

Another area I feel we need to improve, especially if we lost Barry, is a midfielder with some creative ability. We have looked distinctly average when we have been asked to unlock a team which has sat back and for that reason we need a playmaker. I have heard players such as Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas. Both of these are of course Spurs rejects, and it would take some severe nerve to pick up rejects and bite the bullet of ridicule from the Spud's, however both of these players do possess some ability, Jenas especially. Would either of these players strengthen our side!? I would argue no, even without Barry's services.

One player suggested who would interest me is Stephen Defour, a young player who looks to be blessed with great ability. A risk, yes. However I would argue a pretty good risk, and a player who would greatly interest me! Again other than these 3 candidates I am struggling for realistic candidates, so feel free to venture an idea!

The final area which I would suggest we need players is on defense. Both at full back, and secondly a quality centre half, especially if Laursen is unable to regain the fitness which allowed him to be arguably the best defender in the league. At full back unless we could poach either Lescott or Baines from Everton I am struggling for answers.

At centre half I have heard Upson, who would be a good shout, or even (again another steal from Blue Scouse) Phil Jagielka or perhaps Hangeland from Fulham, to replace Laursen's aerial dominance. I feel these are some of the best bets. In my opinion we must strengthen our first team, which should in turn lend depth to the squad. Couple this with the development of some of our promising youngsters I feel this would allow us another decent run at the Champions league, and perhaps (if O'Neill finds them worthy! :D) a cup run.

Not a bad few months of business if many of them come true. Hopefully these signings will be showcasing their talents on a Champions League stage after a barnstorming end to the season, but either way, here's to the Villa Summertime!! :o)



Date:Thursday April 16 2009
Time: 8:49AM


I am pretty sure That Harry will sell Gareth Bale as i dont think harry is a fan. That could be your answer for a decent left back.
16/04/2009 08:56:00
We have a decent left-back......if he can get himself fit. Persoanally I think Shorey is doing a good job, it's just a pitty it took him so long to settle but he's here now and doing a good job. With Bouma fit I see cover/competition for RB as being far more important.
Villan Of The North
16/04/2009 09:25:00
Shorey's return to the team (along with Heskey's absense) seems to be a major factor in our improved performances recently. I am dreading the summer with tens of thousands of links to supposed possible signings to then end up with Spuds or Westaaaam rejects or more than likely noone. I think that Villa's scouts have the best job in the world because I assume they get paid quite well, get to do a lot of travelling, but don't actually do anything apart from state the obvious. ie. Bosingwa and Miguel are very good fullbacks. These types of players are obviously well out of our reach until/if we qualify for the Champs league. Hopefully now that the euphoria of Randy taking over has quietened down a bit we will get a few more realistic links and actually have a squad which is rotatable (something that MON has yet to grasp in the new era) and is capable of winning whoever takes the field and would also enable our team to last a whole season instead of hitting the wall in January.
16/04/2009 09:56:00
If its a right back that you are looking for , i would think hutton will be yours if you put in a decent Bid. Corluka seems to be playing well and harry thinks chimbonda and gunter would be enough cover.
16/04/2009 10:26:00
Spuds seem to be the "second hand car dealers" of the premiership where they have bought a load of players with no intention of playing them and then try to get the best price for them. Although in fairness to 'Arry and his invisible headphones (who always seems to be listenening to R'n'B the way he twitches his head) he didn't buy any of the rejects. Luke Young has been MR. Reliable all season and one of MON's best buys by far.
16/04/2009 11:06:00
Wes Brown, right back cover and central defender, all in one. Vast experience, decent player, if a little booking happy, wierd ginger hair to help Sidwell settle in a bit better. He's the all round package. Personally, I'd like to see us get a real creator in if/when Barry goes. Somebody who can pull strings from the centre of the park. I'd like to see us take a cheeky punt on Fabian Delph from Leeds, can play as a striker alongside Gabby/Carew, or in the hole just off one or both of them.
16/04/2009 11:06:00
I'm up for a bit of Wes, he was having a good season until his injury. I can see us getting him as well.
16/04/2009 12:53:00
Here are my suggestions, we need 6 players to compete next season, another right back, top quality centre half competition for young and milner and top drawer centre 4ward, with only letting Harewood leave. I would go 4 Richards at right back to compete with young, also cover 4 centre half, Downing and Bentley to compete with Milner and Ashley, Owen or Bent or both 4 Centre forward, Defour 4 a creative Centre Midfield. But the hardest one is who 4 Cenre half, oh and Barry Must stay at all costs.
16/04/2009 12:57:00
Agree we need cover at right back and we definately need a leader at the back to help Davies, Upson might be the answer but not convinced. Also intrigues me why at well over 6ft none of our centre halves but Laursen can score from corners, heart, desire and willingness to attack a ball? In midfield I think we need guile, Joe Cole would be great but unlikely to be available so i suspect that we need to look at the fringes of the bigger European squads. As for up front an out and out poacher is needed but they tend to be few and far between. Bent could be good if Spuds will sell, Doyle would be worth a look especially if Reading blow it and don't come up or as a cheeky outsider what about Forlan who seems to have found his scoring boots in spain
16/04/2009 12:58:00
I don't think we can look at the fellow Premiership teams to strengthen. Would Everton really sell Jagielka , Lescott or Baines ? I bet if you look at Everton / Spurs sites they are talking about buying Gabby or Ash , and we won't sell our star players. We should look at Manure / Chelski / Arse/ Redscouce fringe players , Championship stars, relegated teams (thinking of Santa Cruz if Blackburn go down) or abroad for our signings. I don't think that the likes of Bentley would improve us as a team. We need another Melberg / Laursen type of signing , rather than Routledge , Harewood , Shorey etc.
16/04/2009 13:18:00
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