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Champions League - I'm Not Laughing

The Aston Blogger also known as Adam has his say in the first of hopefully many articles:

Right, I’m going to keep it simple the fact is I wanted somewhere to express my views on the Villa, I love reading the articles on here and love writing about the Villa so thought I’d see if I could write for Vital, my luck was in and they said yes!

Pre - Season

We’ve had a pretty decent yet strange pre season, we’ve had a piece of silverware, a player on crutches, a player who’s never played in the Premier League, a player from one of the worst defences in the league last season and a goalkeeper who’s old enough to be Mark Albrighton’s dad. Yet I feel optimistic ahead of the new campaign.

In Stuart Downing, I think O’Neil’s pulled off a great piece of business, if we had of waited until he was fit in January then he would of cost at least 16 million, we took him off their hands when no one else would. He’s a great player who’s still only young and will become even better under O’Neil, he has a talent for making players better than they really are, look at Barry his first international without O’Neil and he gifts Holland a goal. Jokes aside I think we have a really good player in downing who gives us more options, we can put him on the left leaving Young on the right which I think will suit Young more as on the left he doesn’t seem to completely trust Shorey, pairing the two Young’s together could really make a difference.

Fabian Delph, can’t say I have seen much of him play, but in the small amount of time I did, he looks pretty decent. There was a lot of praise for him even though he was a league one player. I’m surprised there wasn’t more interest. In fact their probably was but we don’t know about it, don’t worry I’m sure Redknapp will come out in the next few days and tell us all about it, as well as the fact he wants O’Neil as his new assistant. Well he wants everyone bloody else that works for the club; don’t put any thing past him! I don’t think he is our replacement for Barry though; we need an experienced player who can pick up the loose ball, look up and see the runs. Maybe in time he could turn out to be that player, the future could be Fabian Delph.

Habib Beye is a good addition to the squad and his versatility offers great cover over the whole of defence. I have spoke to a few Newcastle fans about him and they seem to regard him as their Martin Laursen. Now I’m not for a minute saying his the replacement, well I hope not anyway but it’s great to have some cover in defence. I still think we need another centre back, Hangeland would do nicely!

Andy Marshall, a third choice keeper is always good to have, an experienced one is probably better, there’s no good throwing a youngster into the premier league for his first game. A good bit of business by O’Neil, no offence to him but I hope we don’t ever have the need to use him.

I still think we need more players in, another centre back, an attacking midfielder and a striker. That’s just to get started. If we want to challenge for the top four then we need the depth in the squad. We should be trying to get as many players in as possible, but i respect Martin O’Neil in the sense that he wont buy crap only quality which is what we need but surely there are some quality players out their that would want to come to Villa. Tuncay would be an ideal player, he’s defiantly got the talent required, and I just don’t think he had the players around him up at the Riverside. I also think Huth if we can’t get Hangeland, we’ve got a central defence that looked good as a pair in the Peace Cup but i don’t know about them, i think another centre back is needed just to add competition to places and for injury cover. Sneijder would be a great signing but it doesn’t look like its going to happen, but the fact O’Neil says he’s the type of player we want shows we must have some money in the bank to spend! According to SSN van der Vaart is available on a free, an ideal chance to sign a player of real quality, with no transfer fee we could offer him some really good wages. There is still just over two weeks left and i live in hope that O’Neil gets some new faces in, I’m confident that we haven’t seen the last new face at Villa Park this year.

The Coming Season

The think we can push on for 4th this season, we have a good first eleven and if we are lucky to have only a few injuries then we have good enough back up. O’Neil always seems to surprise people, last year the pundits wrote us off, instead choosing Spur’s (I hear you, the papers never put spurs above Villa, i think they say right the Sky 4 then the London clubs then Villa maybe!) but we completely stunned them, nearly finishing fourth but our Intertoto Cup campaign maybe kicked in as we seemed tired and lackluster towards the end of the season.

Our squad is just as strong as Arsenals and Spurs, even Everton who have been that one place higher than us over the past couple of years. We have picked up some decent players this summer and with the youngsters coming threw and hopefully a couple more new faces then were starting to look like a good team with half decent back up. Everyone still writes us off, Arsenal have sold some of their best players and haven’t replaced them, Everton haven’t done much business and they could lose one of their best players to City. Spurs have spent some money but they never seem to do any good, I mean the amount of players that go in and out is unbelievable, it takes time for a squad to develop an understanding of each other. Villa have been a consistent unit for along time now, O’Neil plays virtually the same squad week in week out and this helps the players perform better although i think he needs to use more rotation this season as the players will get tired toward the end of the campaign, as we saw last year.

Manchester City are apparently the biggest threat to the top four, yeah dream on! Things don’t happen over night, a team that finished 10th last season. People make comparisons with Chelsea, they were already a good team competing at the top of the league, plus they had a world class coach! Hughes isn’t going to be able to fit in that dressing room with the size of the egos in it. The players are there for the money and not the clubs history or fans. I think they’ll struggle this year, not because they haven’t got world class players but because it takes time to develop a squad and for players to develop that understanding in order to function as one unit.

Any improvement on last season, a good cup run and a double over Small Heath would be good enough for me! Let’s start with a good result against Wigan Today! 3 – 1 Villa!

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Writer: The Aston Blogger  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 9:33AM

Your Comments

I must say, you have spoken exactly as I feel!!!! Never a truer word spoken my friend and I am 100% behind you on the whole article. Nice to see some positive Villa fans for a change. Aston Villa 4 - 1 Wigan!!!! Have It!!!!!!!!
erv2005
I must say, you have spoken exactly as I feel!!!! Never a truer word spoken my friend and I am 100% behind you on the whole article. Nice to see some positive Villa fans for a change. Aston Villa 4 - 1 Wigan!!!! Have It!!!!!!!!
erv2005
I got as far as Martin O'Neill won't buy crap only quality , couldn't stop laughing sorry.
villan57
I got as far as Martin O'Neill won't buy crap only quality , couldn't stop laughing sorry.
villan57
villan57 - I think if you read the whole article it gives a positive view on Martin O'Neil and the Villa. Im fed up with negative Villa fans. If you look at O'Neil's signings they now with the exception of Gabby & Bouma make up our first eleven, the team that has got us into the top six for the past two seasons!
The Aston Blogger
villan57 - I think if you read the whole article it gives a positive view on Martin O'Neil and the Villa. Im fed up with negative Villa fans. If you look at O'Neil's signings they now with the exception of Gabby & Bouma make up our first eleven, the team that has got us into the top six for the past two seasons!
The Aston Blogger
Huth linked with Stoke for 2.5m Im sure we can beat them and bid 3.5-4m, then go and get Distin/Wheater/Hangelaand and I guarantee EVERY Villa fan will be positive as it means we have at least 2 quality players in EVERY position in ANY formation!! Quality! So excited the season starts!! UUPP TTHHEE VVIILLLLAA
deano.avfc
Huth linked with Stoke for 2.5m Im sure we can beat them and bid 3.5-4m, then go and get Distin/Wheater/Hangelaand and I guarantee EVERY Villa fan will be positive as it means we have at least 2 quality players in EVERY position in ANY formation!! Quality! So excited the season starts!! UUPP TTHHEE VVIILLLLAA
deano.avfc
I remember last season we were linked with him but he moved to the Riverside, (was that last year?). He's still only young and as i said in my article he will perform better under O'Neil. Yeah i agree we are close to having two good players that can play in the same posistion. Not according to some villa fans though who reckon O'Neil isnt any good in the transfer market! Not sure on Distan, Portsmouth want alot for a player who hasnt got long left in his career. Wheater or Hangeland would do nicely! Although i have a feeling Arsenal might come in for up soon, they have sold Toure but havent replaced him. Lets hope Martin gets a deal done asap. UP THE VILLA
The Aston Blogger
I remember last season we were linked with him but he moved to the Riverside, (was that last year?). He's still only young and as i said in my article he will perform better under O'Neil. Yeah i agree we are close to having two good players that can play in the same posistion. Not according to some villa fans though who reckon O'Neil isnt any good in the transfer market! Not sure on Distan, Portsmouth want alot for a player who hasnt got long left in his career. Wheater or Hangeland would do nicely! Although i have a feeling Arsenal might come in for up soon, they have sold Toure but havent replaced him. Lets hope Martin gets a deal done asap. UP THE VILLA
The Aston Blogger
Sorry Aston Blogger no offence meant I'm about to set off to the Match . Nothing to do with being negative , I just don't know how you expect to be taken serously when you write Martin O'Neill doesn't buy crap players Only quality ones. We could all write a list mate . He hasn't bought a player this closed season that is an automatic choice to walk into a depleted side. I think Delph looks good so does Downing . One won't play yet and the other is 19. You are not positive you are Hoping just as I am Hoping that we have a good season . Based on what I've seen so far that is all we can do is Hope ! I'll be happy when we have this larger Quality Squad MON keeps talking about every season . We can all write hopeful articles but you'd have to be pretty daft to believe we have a better chance than last season with this squad . We start the game today with 4 fit defenders , that in it's self is totally unacceptable or am a being negative? What is positive about a situation like that ?
villan57
Sorry Aston Blogger no offence meant I'm about to set off to the Match . Nothing to do with being negative , I just don't know how you expect to be taken serously when you write Martin O'Neill doesn't buy crap players Only quality ones. We could all write a list mate . He hasn't bought a player this closed season that is an automatic choice to walk into a depleted side. I think Delph looks good so does Downing . One won't play yet and the other is 19. You are not positive you are Hoping just as I am Hoping that we have a good season . Based on what I've seen so far that is all we can do is Hope ! I'll be happy when we have this larger Quality Squad MON keeps talking about every season . We can all write hopeful articles but you'd have to be pretty daft to believe we have a better chance than last season with this squad . We start the game today with 4 fit defenders , that in it's self is totally unacceptable or am a being negative? What is positive about a situation like that ?
villan57
Non taken, everyone is aloud an opinion! I think our wires may have become crossed. What i was trying to say is that he is waits to buy the players he wants, not like other managers who just buy, buy, buy for the sake of it. Not saying this is the best policy but i'm not the manager. I understand what your saying about the defence but have faith. For gods sake hes got us into the top 6 for the past two seasons, now would you or even me the optimist believed that when he came in three years ago. UTV
The Aston Blogger
Non taken, everyone is aloud an opinion! I think our wires may have become crossed. What i was trying to say is that he is waits to buy the players he wants, not like other managers who just buy, buy, buy for the sake of it. Not saying this is the best policy but i'm not the manager. I understand what your saying about the defence but have faith. For gods sake hes got us into the top 6 for the past two seasons, now would you or even me the optimist believed that when he came in three years ago. UTV
The Aston Blogger
Oh Dear Wigan! And how is Downing a great piece of business? 12m for an average slow winger who wont kick a ball till January? Am i missing something?
HuddersfieldYiddo
Oh Dear Wigan! And how is Downing a great piece of business? 12m for an average slow winger who wont kick a ball till January? Am i missing something?
HuddersfieldYiddo
We are missing something, 2 CBs
ant1ant1
We are missing something, 2 CBs
ant1ant1
Yeh we are, a proper defence. Mate i think he is, a player who has played for England and still would be if it wernt for his injury. I made the comment becuase he is cheaper now than he would be when fit. It meant we got in ahead of the compeition.
The Aston Blogger
Yeh we are, a proper defence. Mate i think he is, a player who has played for England and still would be if it wernt for his injury. I made the comment becuase he is cheaper now than he would be when fit. It meant we got in ahead of the compeition.
The Aston Blogger
A the moment i am slightly laughing at my own article, it was written with so much hope. We will see over the next two weeks what happens in the transfer window and then we will finally see if this article was a load of S**t or it actually could be possible. :)
The Aston Blogger
A the moment i am slightly laughing at my own article, it was written with so much hope. We will see over the next two weeks what happens in the transfer window and then we will finally see if this article was a load of S**t or it actually could be possible. :)
The Aston Blogger
 

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