Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Where Do Villa Need To Strengthen?

Where Do Villa Need To Strengthen?

Our last poll, suggested by lee9679, asked:

Where do Villa most need to strengthen?

The resounding answer was central defence with 72% of the vote after the massive loss to injury of Martin Laursen.

Next up was 15% saying central midfield following the departure of £areth Barry to Manchester City.

Central midfield 15%

Just 6% said up front which is a shocker as I think we've been woefully short of goals for years and that puts pressure on our midfield and more importantly defender and keeper.

Talking of keepers, only 4% saw that area as a priority, although surely some back up is needed after the departure of Stuart Taylor and the comparative inexperience of USA keeper Brad Guzan?

1% voted for a right-back and the same amount for a left-back and only 1% thought a winger was a priority.

Personally, I'd take one of each please and two up front.

Our latest poll, following this report: Carew Out - Crouch In? + Other Transfer Talk!, asks: Crouch or Carew? Options, are errm, Crouch or Carew... obviously...! Or both or neither we need better.



For the very latest Premier League odds




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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday July 10 2009
Time: 9:36AM

Comments

0
Centre Back is top priority, although a young right back (Naughton) and winger (Delph) would also be nice plus a striker and a central midfielder, lets not forget we have Bouma back so thats two left backs. Oh and a 2nd/3rd choice keeper would also be nice.
young_jonah
10/07/2009 09:51:00
0
Centre Back is top priority, although a young right back (Naughton) and winger (Delph) would also be nice plus a striker and a central midfielder, lets not forget we have Bouma back so thats two left backs. Oh and a 2nd/3rd choice keeper would also be nice.
young_jonah
10/07/2009 09:51:00
0
Would love to see Naughton and Delph in - but should we be spending a large chunk of our budget on players for the future? I believe in investment and trust MON & Randy entirely, however I wouldn't like to see us take risks and slip behind Spurs and Man $hitty next season. I think that MON needs to evaluate those possibilities and strike the right balance between immediate impact players and exciting talent for seasons to come. Or am I just rambling on?! Mikey.
Mikey D-Man
10/07/2009 10:05:00
0
Would love to see Naughton and Delph in - but should we be spending a large chunk of our budget on players for the future? I believe in investment and trust MON & Randy entirely, however I wouldn't like to see us take risks and slip behind Spurs and Man $hitty next season. I think that MON needs to evaluate those possibilities and strike the right balance between immediate impact players and exciting talent for seasons to come. Or am I just rambling on?! Mikey.
Mikey D-Man
10/07/2009 10:05:00
0
...and to answer the actual question..... (!) Definitely need a CB unless Cuellar or Davies are prepared to show us their potential and step it up a level. And a goalscoring CM.
Mikey D-Man
10/07/2009 10:06:00
0
...and to answer the actual question..... (!) Definitely need a CB unless Cuellar or Davies are prepared to show us their potential and step it up a level. And a goalscoring CM.
Mikey D-Man
10/07/2009 10:06:00
0
We need a centre half thats not afraid to get stuck in and chip in with the odd goal. im sorry but Davies has got no bottle. Since Laursen got injured we had no threat from set plays. Cuellar just looks clumsy and Knight is a man mountain who could'nt hurt a fly. We need a midfielder with some flair that can score goals although Petrov could do the job but is now preffered to a holding role. And a consistent striker not a score a hat trick in the first game Agbonlahor and think thats enough for the entire season. I like Freidel but we will be pushing him on in a wheelchair soon, his best days are long gone time to give Guzan a chance too.
samtozer
10/07/2009 12:01:00
0
We need a centre half thats not afraid to get stuck in and chip in with the odd goal. im sorry but Davies has got no bottle. Since Laursen got injured we had no threat from set plays. Cuellar just looks clumsy and Knight is a man mountain who could'nt hurt a fly. We need a midfielder with some flair that can score goals although Petrov could do the job but is now preffered to a holding role. And a consistent striker not a score a hat trick in the first game Agbonlahor and think thats enough for the entire season. I like Freidel but we will be pushing him on in a wheelchair soon, his best days are long gone time to give Guzan a chance too.
samtozer
10/07/2009 12:01:00
0
Well I believe that we need to strengthen in virtually every position, I really do. Admittedly some positions are more urgent than others, but we need more quality options virtually right throughout the squad. In certain positions we need immediate first team starters, while elsewhere we need quality back-up. I expect a lot more from Messrs Shorey, Sidwell, Cuellar most definitely, and Heskey, but even with those guys firmly stepping up to the plate, the current squad still lacks five, six, seven bodies capable of really pushing the old familiar faces for that prized starting position. Of course whether we'll get them is another matter, but failure to do so, will in all probability, see us slip considerably from the sixth place spot that we've achieved in the last two campaigns.
glensider
10/07/2009 18:31:00
0
Well I believe that we need to strengthen in virtually every position, I really do. Admittedly some positions are more urgent than others, but we need more quality options virtually right throughout the squad. In certain positions we need immediate first team starters, while elsewhere we need quality back-up. I expect a lot more from Messrs Shorey, Sidwell, Cuellar most definitely, and Heskey, but even with those guys firmly stepping up to the plate, the current squad still lacks five, six, seven bodies capable of really pushing the old familiar faces for that prized starting position. Of course whether we'll get them is another matter, but failure to do so, will in all probability, see us slip considerably from the sixth place spot that we've achieved in the last two campaigns.
glensider
10/07/2009 18:31:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

A Barnsley Return & Chelsea Youngster Incoming?

It's been reported today that Steve Bruce will return to Oakwell for another deal over the summer and also that we have our eyes on prolific Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham.

The Villa Times - 24/04/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up)

The latest Aston Villa news and views following the ding dong derby via the uno fish ial one...

Video Highlights & Full Post Match Coverage - Villa v Blues

Full round up of the coverage and video match highlights Villa v Blues.

Bragging Rights Won. Blow The Performance. Fan Reaction

For this match (and this match only) blow the performance, it's the win and bragging rights in a local derby. Fan reactions...

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:
Johnstone6%
Hutton29%
Chester3%
Baker18%
Taylor4%
Lansbury0%
Jedinak5%
Bacuna0%
Adomah0%
Grealish0%
Hogan0%
Sub-Agbonlahor33%
Sub-Gardner1%
Sub-Hourihane1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
4 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
5 Huddersfield 43 24 6 13 78 2
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 43 15 10 18 55 -2
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
F1 prediction competition open for Russia
Latest Vital Boxing News
Has Father Time Caught Up with Klitschko?
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions337
2.JuanPabloAngel335
3.sirdennis242
4.The Fear218
5.Silhillvilla195
6.Melon Donkey163
7.HeathfieldRoad1874152
8.kefkat141
9.Sasquatch134
10.BBJ98
The Vital Football Members League