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How Happy Are You With Transfer Window?

Vital Villa asked what you thought of the transfer window just closed.

55% voted that it had been a good one.

19% felt it was 'ok' and 12% average.

9% voted it 'great' and as we've spent more net than any club other than Man City, I can see their point but I guess people are judging who we've signed as well as how much has been spent and we all have wildly different opinions on players, always have and always will!

That left only 3% feeling it was poor and 2% less than average.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 3 2009

Time: 11:28AM

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I cannot complain too much, think he identified a requirement of 5 players, he brought in 7 and sold 3 + Laursen, so he has three more than last season. Dunne and Warnock are good buys, Downing is a top buy and Delph is one for the future, Collins, Beye and Marshall are average to poor though. The money IS there. Still surprised we didn't go in for Bent. Definately need one more striker
young_jonah
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03/09/2009 11:39:00

I cannot complain too much, think he identified a requirement of 5 players, he brought in 7 and sold 3 + Laursen, so he has three more than last season. Dunne and Warnock are good buys, Downing is a top buy and Delph is one for the future, Collins, Beye and Marshall are average to poor though. The money IS there. Still surprised we didn't go in for Bent. Definately need one more striker
young_jonah
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03/09/2009 11:39:00

Incidentally, what is the difference between average and ok?
young_jonah
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03/09/2009 11:40:00

Incidentally, what is the difference between average and ok?
young_jonah
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03/09/2009 11:40:00

I know football is not this ideal but roughly in a decent squad of 23 for worldcups etc. you are looking for roughly 3 GKs and 2 in every other position. For the first time in quite a while we have that. The strange thing is, just like the poll shows, there is not that much difference in quality - obviously Milner is currently head and shoulders above Albrighton but others like some of our centre-midfielders or defenders dont leave too much between them. The first XI does not pick itself. Im not going to go through the squad individually, but BOTH options for each position would easily start for most PL clubs and indeed have. Look at the four centre-backs! All played most games for their previous clubs. Shorey and Beye now considered 'back-up' were first teamers! Any combo of Petrov, Sidwell, Reo-Coker, Delph, Gardner would walk into most PL teams. Heskey, Downing etc. I could go on. Our squad of 23/24/25 is very talented. We could put two starting XI teams out who could finish in the top8 injuries permitting!! Im very happy with the squad....other than Heskey of course!! Thats why I really did not see the benefit in being linked with Jenas, Huddlestone etc. would they have added more?? I think with our squad now O'Neill just needs to but one or two per window who would be considered first XI. I think our windows will be much different from here on in!!
deano.avfc
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03/09/2009 11:48:00

I know football is not this ideal but roughly in a decent squad of 23 for worldcups etc. you are looking for roughly 3 GKs and 2 in every other position. For the first time in quite a while we have that. The strange thing is, just like the poll shows, there is not that much difference in quality - obviously Milner is currently head and shoulders above Albrighton but others like some of our centre-midfielders or defenders dont leave too much between them. The first XI does not pick itself. Im not going to go through the squad individually, but BOTH options for each position would easily start for most PL clubs and indeed have. Look at the four centre-backs! All played most games for their previous clubs. Shorey and Beye now considered 'back-up' were first teamers! Any combo of Petrov, Sidwell, Reo-Coker, Delph, Gardner would walk into most PL teams. Heskey, Downing etc. I could go on. Our squad of 23/24/25 is very talented. We could put two starting XI teams out who could finish in the top8 injuries permitting!! Im very happy with the squad....other than Heskey of course!! Thats why I really did not see the benefit in being linked with Jenas, Huddlestone etc. would they have added more?? I think with our squad now O'Neill just needs to but one or two per window who would be considered first XI. I think our windows will be much different from here on in!!
deano.avfc
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03/09/2009 11:48:00

Deano i agree with most of what you say, but i disagree we could make two top teams if we had no injuries... unless your on about playing 4-5-1 because i dont think having Harewood or Heskey partner either Agbonlahor or Carew making a top 8 team, therfore we dont have 10 good midfielders to play 4-5-1, I think the transfers window for us has turned out good, I think Dunne might be the deciding factor in our top 6 positon, In Jan we need to buy two TOP CLASS players, one clinical striker and a creative midfielder and i reckon we might be able to finally challenge the top 4 again.
Villa 4 Ever
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03/09/2009 11:57:00

Deano i agree with most of what you say, but i disagree we could make two top teams if we had no injuries... unless your on about playing 4-5-1 because i dont think having Harewood or Heskey partner either Agbonlahor or Carew making a top 8 team, therfore we dont have 10 good midfielders to play 4-5-1, I think the transfers window for us has turned out good, I think Dunne might be the deciding factor in our top 6 positon, In Jan we need to buy two TOP CLASS players, one clinical striker and a creative midfielder and i reckon we might be able to finally challenge the top 4 again.
Villa 4 Ever
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03/09/2009 11:57:00

not sure re: centre backs, obviously that is down to MON, I'd guess Dunne and Carlos at the moment, there hasn't been an update on the injury for Davies, he sees a specialist this week
The Fear
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03/09/2009 12:45:00

not sure re: centre backs, obviously that is down to MON, I'd guess Dunne and Carlos at the moment, there hasn't been an update on the injury for Davies, he sees a specialist this week
The Fear
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03/09/2009 12:45:00

Very good window, better when Downing available obviously, BUT I think it could have been a GREAT window if we had also signed Tuncay.
krfeskivilla
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03/09/2009 13:18:00

Very good window, better when Downing available obviously, BUT I think it could have been a GREAT window if we had also signed Tuncay.
krfeskivilla
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03/09/2009 13:18:00

I think the window has been pretty good when looking back in hindsight. It's been a while since we've had this many defenders. The size of the squad is encouraging when you look at last season especially with the young lads chipping in. Am I the only one who doesn't think that Beye was a bad signing?
Villian1
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03/09/2009 13:22:00

I think the window has been pretty good when looking back in hindsight. It's been a while since we've had this many defenders. The size of the squad is encouraging when you look at last season especially with the young lads chipping in. Am I the only one who doesn't think that Beye was a bad signing?
Villian1
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03/09/2009 13:22:00

young_jonah, I did also wonder about the average/ok.
Villian1
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03/09/2009 13:23:00

young_jonah, I did also wonder about the average/ok.
Villian1
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03/09/2009 13:23:00

Just heard that FIFA have banned Chelskov from signing any new players for the next two transfer windows. A breach of rules is the reason apparently. That is going to be like a new signing for many of their rivals. The margins for error in the PL are so small these days. Any advantage the Villa can get is positive, and this is a big advantage.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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03/09/2009 14:09:00

Just heard that FIFA have banned Chelskov from signing any new players for the next two transfer windows. A breach of rules is the reason apparently. That is going to be like a new signing for many of their rivals. The margins for error in the PL are so small these days. Any advantage the Villa can get is positive, and this is a big advantage.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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03/09/2009 14:09:00

Villa 4 Ever-Agree with you about the priorities for the January window. The club has only two does-what-it-says-on-the-tin forwards, Carew and Agbonlahor. Defour was linked to Everton on deadline day. If the Villa are flying high in Jan (in other words, in the top four), RL might provide the funds for some top players, and they might also want to come. Would like to see Defour at VP.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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03/09/2009 14:17:00

Villa 4 Ever-Agree with you about the priorities for the January window. The club has only two does-what-it-says-on-the-tin forwards, Carew and Agbonlahor. Defour was linked to Everton on deadline day. If the Villa are flying high in Jan (in other words, in the top four), RL might provide the funds for some top players, and they might also want to come. Would like to see Defour at VP.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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03/09/2009 14:17:00

I think Beye is a good signing, he is a very very good squad player that can fill in that right back spot when luke young is injured
All hail MON
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03/09/2009 15:27:00

I think Beye is a good signing, he is a very very good squad player that can fill in that right back spot when luke young is injured
All hail MON
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03/09/2009 15:27:00

got to say I don't know whether i'm happy or not, and that just sums up being a villa fan. one day we might just be able to say wow i didn't expect that signing, not sure that will ever come under MON
eltoro
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03/09/2009 16:47:00

got to say I don't know whether i'm happy or not, and that just sums up being a villa fan. one day we might just be able to say wow i didn't expect that signing, not sure that will ever come under MON
eltoro
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03/09/2009 16:47:00

i'm happy. We've strengthened almost all the areas, except striker. GK, RB, CBs, LB, RW, CM, y'know. I'm happy.
footy_fans
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03/09/2009 19:12:00

i'm happy. We've strengthened almost all the areas, except striker. GK, RB, CBs, LB, RW, CM, y'know. I'm happy.
footy_fans
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03/09/2009 19:12:00

Happy. Although slightly confused as to which site I'm on!?! Where has all this positivity suddenly sprung from! ;) Bring on The Bloose. UTV
Adam Deuce
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03/09/2009 23:59:00

Happy. Although slightly confused as to which site I'm on!?! Where has all this positivity suddenly sprung from! ;) Bring on The Bloose. UTV
Adam Deuce
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03/09/2009 23:59:00

Why not form an opinion eltoro, or are you waiting to see how we do before you hop off the fence? I'd say i'm pretty happy - we're now where I think we really need to be in terms of squad building. Next transfer windows for me (Jan maybe, July definitely) will be the big ones, as I think from here on it it should all be about upgrading what we have to a higher quality - so i'm expecting less signings, but if we make 2 or 3 they need to be more of the 'wow' type signings. Surprised players like Defour and Witsel haven't moved on as mentioned...
YatesyVillain
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04/09/2009 06:29:00

Why not form an opinion eltoro, or are you waiting to see how we do before you hop off the fence? I'd say i'm pretty happy - we're now where I think we really need to be in terms of squad building. Next transfer windows for me (Jan maybe, July definitely) will be the big ones, as I think from here on it it should all be about upgrading what we have to a higher quality - so i'm expecting less signings, but if we make 2 or 3 they need to be more of the 'wow' type signings. Surprised players like Defour and Witsel haven't moved on as mentioned...
YatesyVillain
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04/09/2009 06:29:00

It's nothing to do with being on the fence Yatesy Villan, I can't say it's been a great transfer window nor can I say its been poor! it's just when I look at the window I would have hoped for more class arriving than middle of the road. Dunne is a good signing, Warnock is a decent signing, Collins is Knight's replacement not sure why, Delph is one for the future, Downing? still not sure why we spent 12m on him, far better to spend that on a striker in my opinion, it just feels like we're driving along in a Nissan Micra because it won't let us down, but I want a go in the Alfa Romeo because it has some class and style, but like I said under MON it's the Nissan all the way!
eltoro
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04/09/2009 08:18:00

It's nothing to do with being on the fence Yatesy Villan, I can't say it's been a great transfer window nor can I say its been poor! it's just when I look at the window I would have hoped for more class arriving than middle of the road. Dunne is a good signing, Warnock is a decent signing, Collins is Knight's replacement not sure why, Delph is one for the future, Downing? still not sure why we spent 12m on him, far better to spend that on a striker in my opinion, it just feels like we're driving along in a Nissan Micra because it won't let us down, but I want a go in the Alfa Romeo because it has some class and style, but like I said under MON it's the Nissan all the way!
eltoro
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04/09/2009 08:18:00

Have to agree with nearly everything young_jonah said! Disappointed about Bent - Spurs spent way too much, but 10m would have been a good price (and he's english, and only 25; anyway spilt milk, Agbonglahor will thrive I have faith). I think Collins could be a lot better than people think! It's no mean feat to get on to the west ham team as a defender - they have enough of them! They lack money and attacking options, but in defence they've got a LOT of talent and competition. Definitely, willing to give him more than three chances - PLEASE don't boo him! I'm amazed Man City left Dunne go! Amazed! Think, if and more to the point when, MON manages Dunne and gives him that bit of confidence, patience and calming influence he'll bring out the Dunne from a few years ago! I am one of the 9% for definite! Hugely pleased with the transfer window (and a little on the happy side shorey stays for competition reasons and because he has shown some good play this season).
johnproche
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04/09/2009 09:48:00

Have to agree with nearly everything young_jonah said! Disappointed about Bent - Spurs spent way too much, but 10m would have been a good price (and he's english, and only 25; anyway spilt milk, Agbonglahor will thrive I have faith). I think Collins could be a lot better than people think! It's no mean feat to get on to the west ham team as a defender - they have enough of them! They lack money and attacking options, but in defence they've got a LOT of talent and competition. Definitely, willing to give him more than three chances - PLEASE don't boo him! I'm amazed Man City left Dunne go! Amazed! Think, if and more to the point when, MON manages Dunne and gives him that bit of confidence, patience and calming influence he'll bring out the Dunne from a few years ago! I am one of the 9% for definite! Hugely pleased with the transfer window (and a little on the happy side shorey stays for competition reasons and because he has shown some good play this season).
johnproche
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04/09/2009 09:48:00

Always been a huge fan of dunne so very happy with that one and with the rest i can see what MON is doing, he is building a squad for all competitions. Still agree with 1 more striker and a high quality creative midfielder.
goodb_2
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04/09/2009 12:06:00

Always been a huge fan of dunne so very happy with that one and with the rest i can see what MON is doing, he is building a squad for all competitions. Still agree with 1 more striker and a high quality creative midfielder.
goodb_2
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04/09/2009 12:06:00

Have to agree with most comments, been a decent enough window. Best signings for me are delph and dunne. Was a bit worried when i thought Dunne had slipped through the net on deadline day tho!!
Ericols_Son
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04/09/2009 13:05:00

Have to agree with most comments, been a decent enough window. Best signings for me are delph and dunne. Was a bit worried when i thought Dunne had slipped through the net on deadline day tho!!
Ericols_Son
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04/09/2009 13:05:00

 

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