UK time is: 02:05:14
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

What Do Villa Need To Beat Off Our Competitors?


As we're in the off-season, and at present there's little activity in the transfer market that we know about, I thought I'd have a think about the player or players that we really need to take us forward, maybe even into one of those much-vaunted top-4 places!

I'll also have a look at our competitors, and where I think they are, and how they've improved (or not) against last season.

Obviously a lot will hinge on the situation with James Milner, but for the purposes of this article, I'm going to assume he'll he here for one more season. Taking a look at the squad as it stands, there are one or two weaker areas that stand out, but by-and-large, we have a good squad of players.

Friedel is probably likely to be in goal for at least 1 further season, and he's proved that he has a steady pair of hands, even at the ripe old age of whatever he is now 39? The defence also probably doesn't need too much doing with it, and (Cuellar at right back notwithstanding) is very tidy indeed.

The next piece in the jigsaw for me is the rest of the team lol. I say 'piece' however, because I think we have the right players, but we're playing a system that doesn't really work. I would personally play a 3 man midfield, with Petrov as the holding player, and Milner & Downing/Delph as the attacking midfielders. I would then play Ash as wide left (he's better on the left), and buy a quality right winger to supplement Ash on the right. I would then have either Gabby or Carew as the lone striker.

SO, to sum up, I believe what we really need is a quality right winger. *flame suit on*

As for our opposition, how do they currently stack up?

The only team who have been active as far as I can see to this point is CiŁy, who have signed David Silva for a no-doubt hefty price.

Liverpool I don`t believe will progress much, especially given it now seems Torres may well miss the start of the campaign.

I believe Everton will be up there fighting too, along with ourselves and Tottenham.

I think the new season will be very interesting, and hopefully we can improve on our last season performance, and get a bit further in Europe this time too, even if it's only to blood in some of our younger players!!

Here's to an interesting season, with hopefully some exciting activity in the transfer window, and an exciting right winger =)




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Thorpyuk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 14 2010

Time: 4:28PM

Your Comments

leftfoot - i thought that too!!!! it may drain them physically and mentally and possibly would have been the only beating we were capable of delivering to Chelsea last season...I wondered whether we'd been beaten off be during many of the run in games. Our results certainly shows that we had been "well beaten"
koolbill
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Lambert - We Were Excellent (Thursday July 24 2014)

FC Dallas 0-2 Aston Villa (Thursday July 24 2014)

Gardner To Make 2014-15 His Year (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Roncrete's Sett(led) At Villa (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Vlaar Bar (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Taxi for Tonev (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Full Squad For Texan Tour (Monday July 21 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 820
2. ClivetheVillan 563
3. Pride of Lions 419
4. kefkat 309
5. sirdennis 206
6. HeathfieldRoad1874 189
7. Green Tea 186
8. Clubpaver 175
9. Juan Mourep 175
10. Villan Of The North 158

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Arsenal 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2. Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3. Burnley 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4. Chelsea 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5. Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6. Everton 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Breaking League News

Lovren Fee Accepted - Schneiderlin Warning?
» Southampton : 25/07/2014 20:03:00
Reed Signs Four Year Deal
» Southampton : 25/07/2014 19:50:00
Patrick van Aanholt Signs For Black Cats..
» Sunderland : 25/07/2014 19:49:00
FK AS Trencin Confirmed
» Hull City : 25/07/2014 19:35:00
Palace Confirm Campbell Capture
» Crystal Palace : 25/07/2014 19:28:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Darren Bent?
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Still needs to be sold 10%
Should be a starter 31%
Good for squad/off bench 58%
No idea! 1%