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Make Or Break Season Ahead For Aston Villa?


__villa__ is looking ahead to this season:

With England back home after the World Cup I think that many of us Villa supports see the crucial talk between James Milner and Martin O'Neill MON coming up soon.

To me this talk is crucial and I think that at this coming stage we would like these talks to happen sooner rather then later. If Milner has shown desire to leave the club then I think its time for him to move on. I see 30 million as a lot of money, that would equal the same as Man. Utd paid for Rooney, Berbatov and Ferdinand and personally I don't see him in that group. But 30 million would be much better for the club then keeping Milner for another year and then selling him for a mare 10-15 million.

Villa have started to link with some very exciting players and I think that this is the final year that we can push on with MON. MON has done a fantastic job but many of us just shake our heads when we lose to teams such as West Ham, Wigan, Blackburn and draw against Sunderland, Everton. Seeing these results we could've acheived 4th and Champions League but we just didn't rotate the team. This year MON can not make the excuse of rebuilding our team but instead bringing depth into our team.

As I mentioned earlier 30 million plus the original 30-35 million transfer kitty, plus any funds with the potential sales of our players; I think that we could see a Wow player coming in. We HAVE to add on to our strike force. John Carew and Gabby Agbonlahor are terrific but have moments in a season and just can't be consistent throughout a whole season. Emile Heskey can't score and doesn't add that special piece to a team as he did for England. Personally seeing Heskey go would be a good move.

Keep Carew since he is a fan favourite and I always get that excitement when ever he starts a game. Agbonlahor has his moments, his goals have proven vital in the first half of the season but then always dies towards the final half. Robbie Keane could change that, since Carew is a little injury prone. Keane has been outstanding for Celtic and would get along with Richard Dunne and MON. I recall us being linked with Keane several times and this year we should make a pounce.

Eduardo has been linked with us and personally he would be a wow player if he can show us the form he had when signed by Arsenal. The striker I would most like to see in Villa is Podolski/Klose. This is the type of wow player we need in Villa. Both cost around 8 million and buying both would probably give us the best strike force in the Premier League seeing there work effort with Germany. In midfield I would like Reo-Coker to stay. His work-rate is immense and saying that I would like to see Coker starting more games next season. Sidwell just doesn't have what it takes with Villa hoping to see that form with Reading but never came.

The biggest question in mind is who is going to replace Milner? Stephen Ireland is a good shout and would add a real nice Irish flair to our team with trio Dunne, Ireland, Keane. I have been a huge fan of Tim Cahill but he will not leave Everton. I personally think that we should look outside of England for that player. He would cost less and would be a nice prospect. Veloso, Sporting Lisbon playmaker who made it to the Portugal squad would be a shout out from me. Scott Parker would be very interesting and a good buy.

Ashley Young and Stewart Downing I think are going to get better and better each game that they play together. The centre role is something really tough to figure out and MON will have a lot to think about too. But 30 million is a lot of money and I just don't want to be wasted.

July is coming up. With the World Cup still in bound MON I hope will look at some of the World Cup heroes. Ghana's Gyan has been immense. But what about Japan's Honda? We will have a transfer kitty of around 50-60 million or even more. Its a real interesting debate because like Villa, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man. City will be adding to there squad for the fight for the 4th spot.

All I know is that this transfer window is going to make or break our season.




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Date:Wednesday June 30 2010

Time: 11:24AM

Your Comments

Good read, isnt this season the last uear of the five year plan for champions league, if it is i can see us buying a few big names and some gr8 players :)
Avillian136
i reckon downing could be suited more to a central attacking midfieder role as he is good on the ball and can see a pass and last season didnt really see him wanting to run at players down the wings so maybe if milner leaves we might buy mcgeady and use downing as the new barry erm i mean milner
clarkamus
I don't think Villa are a make or break club any more. We're developing nicely and there'll be some ups and downs, but we're heading in the right direction. We've been too short-termist over the years and some patient growth will do us a power of good in the years to come. It'll be good to see some new players though, and Eduardo would be worth a shot. Not at all sure about Podolski and Klose: I think they scored less goals than Gabby or Carew last season so hardly a step forward. So not make or break for me. Another interesting season with a stronger, wiser squad: anything can happen.
Freelancelot
Dont know but I hope that we get a few big names this year Hmm maybe Downing could do that... but with Young and Downing switching flanks that have caused a few problems to teams. Freelancelot that is a good shout and i admit that was a little mistake because I didnt take to account the whole season. Podolski and Klose play really well together so it would be interesting to see them play together and they would come cheaper
__villa__
"But 30 million is a lot of money and I just don't want to be wasted." If you can't get wasted with 30 million you can't get wasted at all.
tmg513
Honda
Pancho Villan
Anything much over 20 mil, and surely Milner's got to go, and MON then has enough for one of those "wow" signings.... (we'd be able to pay stoke to take heskey as well.....)
victort
its is not make or break for aston villa. it is just another season for villa. in terms of make or break though that will more likely fall under martin oneils criteria (the truth is that if he does not deliver this term, it will be the end of him in birmingham) lets hope he comes up with 4th place, which with man cities spending seems to be an even harder task. shame he was not with us 10 years ago.i really believe that in todays game you need a sheik rock and roll owner :)
snackiest
Break I think.
Wswilly3
heskey to celtic would be ideal for both partys i reckon
clarkamus
I want a WOW player! Forlan, Suarez, Huntelaar, Van Der Vaart, Podolski/Klose as mentioned. Out of players linked to us I would also like, Mbark Boussoufa, Park Chu-Young, Radamel Falcao, Van der Wiel...please make at least one reasonably interesting signing.
Callum_ws
Shneider?
thorpyuk
Milner would be stupid to move on and become the next generation of Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, who are only liked by the fans of the clubs they play for. Milner will be in the England team of the future and at the moment is probably considered a decent guy. If he moves he will become hated by almost every fan in the country - an overpaid and underperforming, self centred england player! Stay with Villa, take a high medium level wage (obscene though it is) and become a Villa and England legend. Same with Ash!
RiF
I predict that we will flirt with the top six season, but perhaps fall short. We might make a bit of a run in a couple of the cup competitions, but nothing as dramatic as the season just gone. And the Villa support as a whole will be perfectly satisfied with another season of 'consolidation', masterminded by a manager we are incredibly lucky to have.
Albarnista
Albarnista - great observation. Can you do an article on how you would run Villa, based on realism of course i.e. you can't have the best of Brazil, Argentina and Spain. I think you have some real great points and would love to see those points put together into a coherent strategy with reasoned arguments etc.
RiF
RiF - Me to write another one or Albarnista??
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