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How our Rivals are doing?

How our Rivals are doing?

As we come closer to the end of July, I would like to compare our progress against our rivals and how they have been fairing in this transfer market and pre-season. As I've written about the boredom of July, things have changed just a bit. As most a Villa fan I believe that our rivals for next season, or the team that we will be more likely competing against are: Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton.

Everton are a team that I believe will cause a threat to us for finishing in the top 4 or even to maintain 6th place. Everton haven't been busy in the transfer market but have signed one player Jermaine Beckford. Possibly the bargain of the season, a free agent from Leeds United. Everton have the players to put up a fight against us and the teams around us. Everton have enjoyed a trip to Australia for pre-season.

Liverpool have been the excitement of the week, signing two players. Joe Cole has decided to join Liverpool ahead of Tottenham and they will cause a threat to us, as Gerrard will stay. They have also brought in Danny Wilson and Milan Jovanovic. Despite having financial problems they have managed to sign three players and only spend 2 million. Currently enjoying pre-season in Switzerland ahead of the Europa League qualifier.

Manchester City, were can I begin. The busiest club in the transfer window, buying Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and David Silva. Have spend 70 million on transfers and haven't given up on signing James Milner as yesterday Martin O'Neil indicated that he would like to leave. They are defiantly going to be title contenders but after there 5th place finish, anything can happen within the team or a problem will arise causing Man City to have a difficult season.

Tottenham are the team that broke into the top 4. And have only signed one player so far Sandro for 8 million. They are expected to buy more talent, but after missing out on Joe Cole and Fabiano. There's a good chance that they wont be able to hold on to a Champions League spot. I think that Tottenham are still one of the best teams currently, but its not impossible to catch up to Tottenham.

Aston Villa have had a rather disappointing July so far. No signing so far and the only real headline is that James Milner wants to leave Villa. We did beat Peterborough 3-2 in pre-season, but as O'Neil needs funds only after selling Milner will we see new faces at the club. Currently in Ireland, training for Saturday's game against Bohemians.

I'm sure that things will turn around in time for the new Premier League season.

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

Date:Friday July 23 2010
Time: 4:45PM


Given that Chelsea/Man U's squads are both ageing, and Arsenal's captain wants to join a successful team, I see no reason why the challenging clubs can't break into 3rd or higher
23/07/2010 17:07:00
How ridiculous! Don't you read the news, Sir Harry has spoken. TOTTENHAM are champions-elect! COYS!!!
23/07/2010 17:11:00
I still can't see Villa struggling, for the first time our backline is having a pre-season together and Downing is having a full pre season, Agbonlahor is getting better, Lichej is looking promising, we still have Delph to make the step up, Delfouneso might have more of an impact than Heskey did, Reo Coker might make an amazing U turn now Sidwell is on the way out if given the chance, Davies might even be like a new signing giving Cueller, Collins and Dunne some much needed competition, i don't think its as bad as you make out evert0n.
Villa 4 Ever
23/07/2010 18:14:00
I agree with Villa4ever, yours looks like a strong line-up, they have worked together under O'N for long enough. We (Man City) have yet to fit theses new plaYERS IN, and they have to get used to the prem and each other. We will be indifferent up until Xmas, probably mid-table then end up 6th I hope.
23/07/2010 18:26:00
It certainly looking like it will be a exciting and even more competitive season.

23/07/2010 21:38:00
It's early days,as it is 5 of the top 7 are interchangeable,but a signing here or there could change things for anyone,for good or bad,and most teams could be ruined by a horrible string of injuries like Everton had last year,it should be interesting,hopefully it will be even more so than last year,which was tight until a certain point.Best of luck(to a certain point)to everyone,let all the pretenders smash the establishment wide open,but most importantly COYS!
24/07/2010 00:12:00
I think Everton will really surprise some people this year, we've not done big business this summer but we've signed 3 or 4 players on the cheap but who could make a real impact. Also having Arteta, Yakubu and Jagielka fit for the start of the season, whilst our big money summer signings from last year (Bilyaletdinov, Heitinga and Distin) getting a pre season with the club that they didn't have chance for last year we just had to throw them in straight away. The likes of Rodwell and Coleman now got more experience, and could make a real impact. Add in no European games, and if we can avoid having a minimum 8 first team players injured all year again....
24/07/2010 17:17:00
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