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More Signings To Come

Well it sounds like it when you listen to Monny's latest speech.

Speaking on the official site Monny said that between those players who can make the step up and those that he has identified to come in from other clubs should make us a 'a better footballing side' and more resiliant to deal with whatever a season may throw at us.

He also talks about having to 'adjust' to the combined losses of Gareth Barry and Martin Laursen, going a stage further with our former concrete heading captain and pointing out what most of us had already realised.

'There's no question that both Gareth and Martin are major losses. He is a definite loss - very strong in the middle of the field. So we will have to try and adjust to that.

'Martin is major too. If you analyse last season, I believe the single biggest factor in us not hanging on was his absence. He gave us something that we certainly lacked when he was not in the team.'

The loss of Laursen definitely tallied with our loss of form, we may not have been playing particularly attractive football at the time but Laursen was quality and could repel most things. Without him organising the centre (especially with the added complication of people out of position) it always became a case of 'when' we conceeded as opposed to 'if'.

Which is never a good way of entering a match!

Speaking more generally about 'replacements' he added:

'We will have to replace them. That's my job. Some players within the football club are able to step up and do that and there may be one or two from outside.

'The type of player we are looking to bring to the football club at the moment will make us hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, a better footballing side.

'We'll be better at dealing with the ball and better at dealing with situations.'

We can all guess those that are expected to make the step up, in fact after the squad numbers were released today we don't even have to guess, but it's a big ask to expect the youth to make a consistent step up, so the squad does need bolstering with further quality and experience.

If Monny does manage it, we will certainly be a better side.


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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 11 2009

Time: 3:38PM

Your Comments

sneijder???????
clarkamus
sneijder???????
clarkamus
"better footballing side" i dont think we'd get that from distin * wheater (from the links in the press lately)
benham
"better footballing side" i dont think we'd get that from distin * wheater (from the links in the press lately)
benham
definitely worth 20m in my opinion. would be the signing to get us in the top 4. we need this sort of player to have any chance.
ric112
definitely worth 20m in my opinion. would be the signing to get us in the top 4. we need this sort of player to have any chance.
ric112
sniejder
ric112
sniejder
ric112
I hope we sign more players but with all these clubs issuing a hands off warning on their decent CB's, i cant see where we will get one from. Also am i right in saying that Barry was sold for 12mil, Knight for 4mil - 6mil. and we spent that on downing, delph and a bit on beye. Effectively, we haven't actually spent anygthing on players. I like to think we have at least 20mil to spend. Why dont we get Tuncay for 5mil, sign sol campbell on a free, and spend 15mil on a proper decent CB. Im not a fan of Sol, but at aleast he brings experience with pretty much no cost. I can't wait for the season to start, to see what team we put out and get a real feel for our season.
arc1988
I hope we sign more players but with all these clubs issuing a hands off warning on their decent CB's, i cant see where we will get one from. Also am i right in saying that Barry was sold for 12mil, Knight for 4mil - 6mil. and we spent that on downing, delph and a bit on beye. Effectively, we haven't actually spent anygthing on players. I like to think we have at least 20mil to spend. Why dont we get Tuncay for 5mil, sign sol campbell on a free, and spend 15mil on a proper decent CB. Im not a fan of Sol, but at aleast he brings experience with pretty much no cost. I can't wait for the season to start, to see what team we put out and get a real feel for our season.
arc1988
whoever it is, i think will be brought in after the season starts. the benefit of maybe sol and distin is that they have vast prem experience so wont have trouble adjusting. same with wheater, and *gulp* huth, if reports are true that it. WS or VDV would need some, not a lot id say, but some time to fit in.
benham
whoever it is, i think will be brought in after the season starts. the benefit of maybe sol and distin is that they have vast prem experience so wont have trouble adjusting. same with wheater, and *gulp* huth, if reports are true that it. WS or VDV would need some, not a lot id say, but some time to fit in.
benham
no one has been asigned a number 5 or 13 shirt yet! Harewood in at 9? You are kidding me!
leelindsay
no one has been asigned a number 5 or 13 shirt yet! Harewood in at 9? You are kidding me!
leelindsay
God, I just wanna see the word 'webflash'...how many times have i been to the official site today???
olofthegreat
God, I just wanna see the word 'webflash'...how many times have i been to the official site today???
olofthegreat
interesting to see him saying what a massive loss Laursen was last season, I don't think it was the only reason, think the Moscow thing also caused problems BUT you can't lose a man like Laursen without a major impact.
The Fear
interesting to see him saying what a massive loss Laursen was last season, I don't think it was the only reason, think the Moscow thing also caused problems BUT you can't lose a man like Laursen without a major impact.
The Fear
not sure Olof, 4? :o)
The Fear
not sure Olof, 4? :o)
The Fear
Try 44 Fear...actually, more 444! Arrrrgggghhhh!!!
olofthegreat
Try 44 Fear...actually, more 444! Arrrrgggghhhh!!!
olofthegreat
Lets be honest, if we had kept Mellberg a bit longer would our season fell so rapidly ??? We coped without Laursen when he was injured for seasons.
Villa 4 Ever
Lets be honest, if we had kept Mellberg a bit longer would our season fell so rapidly ??? We coped without Laursen when he was injured for seasons.
Villa 4 Ever
Sort of Villa 4 Ever...but with Laursen in the team we were excellent. Without him, eg with Olof, our defence was mediocre. And we ceased to score from corners.
olofthegreat
Sort of Villa 4 Ever...but with Laursen in the team we were excellent. Without him, eg with Olof, our defence was mediocre. And we ceased to score from corners.
olofthegreat
Lauren has been one of the worlds best defenders over the last two seasons.He is a major loss to any team.
Pking
Lauren has been one of the worlds best defenders over the last two seasons.He is a major loss to any team.
Pking
Pleased to see MON stating that losing Laursen was the reason we fell apart. I know it was obvious to everyone but good to see it ackowledged. Hopefully this means he is looking for real quality in that position because Laursen aws an exceptional player and is a huge loss to the team. Why hasn't the technology been invented to give Laurson bionic knees?? Is someone working on that?? If not.....why not??
UTV
Pleased to see MON stating that losing Laursen was the reason we fell apart. I know it was obvious to everyone but good to see it ackowledged. Hopefully this means he is looking for real quality in that position because Laursen aws an exceptional player and is a huge loss to the team. Why hasn't the technology been invented to give Laurson bionic knees?? Is someone working on that?? If not.....why not??
UTV
Would love to see Sniedjer or VDV in, the one thing we miss at Villa is a shirt seller surely a big name would bring in revenue to the club as well a further season ticket sales, as a business man I would think Mr Lerner would be pushing for a star signing.
johnmurphy3112
Would love to see Sniedjer or VDV in, the one thing we miss at Villa is a shirt seller surely a big name would bring in revenue to the club as well a further season ticket sales, as a business man I would think Mr Lerner would be pushing for a star signing.
johnmurphy3112
Sneijder, van der vaart and Hunterlaar! All of them, or any one of them! And a couple of proper CB's, not a last minute panic plug like Dunne or Huth!
villa_de
Sneijder, van der vaart and Hunterlaar! All of them, or any one of them! And a couple of proper CB's, not a last minute panic plug like Dunne or Huth!
villa_de
 

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