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Have Villa REALLY Forgotten We Need Experience?

Have Villa REALLY Forgotten We Need Experience?

Well, got to say, I`m worried and slightly uninspired by this transfer window.

I thought with a new manager and the fact we`ve flirted with relegation for two seasons in a row, that we`d have £20m or more to spend.

I think Paul Lambert was the right, sensible choice as manager, but the guy isn`t a miracle worker.

Have Villa really forgotten, or do they not realise, that we need some experience in the team?

GREAT that we are going for youth, building for the future and trying to show more sense than what happened during the free spending (and free wasting) Martin O`Neill era, but what about the here and now?

Humiliated on the pitch by Everton and beaten by a team who look certain to go straight back down to the Championship (Hammers) and all because we don`t have any leaders or top experience on the pitch.

The youth need experience to guide them through and push results.

We also need a vocal leader, you watch Villa at the moment, there are very few if any willing to shout instructions to try to gee up team mates.

Gulp. Shows how much we miss the experience of the Stiliyan Petrov ilk doesn`t it?

Can you really pick a leader out at the moment? Who would you have as Captain? Villa used to be full of captains on the pitch, we`d argue for ages over who should be the leader, now? Not so much.

Fingers crossed this works, but I think they are missing a vital ingredient and it could prove very costly. Transfer window not closed yet, lets hope we get what we need. A 21-year-old from Genk and a 22-year-old from Boro isn`t what I`d be sourcing right now and with attendances still not dazzling (early days I know) a few bums on seats players to supplement the youth who are progressing would not go amiss.

I`d agree with a friends text to me following Everton (and no, he isn`t a fickle fan, he`s been going home and away for 30 or more years) saying there are about 7 in our current squad who aren`t good enough.

Interesting times. I know, due to the turnover of managers, that the Club is desperate for a bit of stability now and that we are again in transition, that happens every time any team get a new manager, and that Lambert now has Martin O`Neill and McLeish players he doesn`t want (he`s got rid of the Gerrard Houllier one in loaning Makoun to Rennes) but he needs more than a few freebies and low fee lower division players if we truly want to dent the league.

The sad thing is, this season, 10th would be a great achievement.

TENTH? For Aston Villa? One of the most famous and historic clubs in the world? Ouch, that hurts.

And as ever, I hope the squad we have - if it remains like this - can ram these words back down the doubters throats.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 29 2012
Time: 12:00PM


Still reckon that a bit of experience is essential. Whether the lads can get that from Lambert from the sidelines is debatable but possible and our only option at present. Tranmere was only 3rd tier opposition and you can only beat what's in front of you but they have little to no experience. Looks like Dunne and Given's days are numbered but they're not experienced in winning with that mentality anyway. Other than that, there's no-one. Delph for Captain. His industry lets his feet do the talking.
29/08/2012 12:07:00
A passionate cry from the wastes of Redditch there. You have to trust the manager, Fear. Lambert is the best thing to happen to Villa since for a while.
29/08/2012 12:09:00
Totally agree.... we need experience. Charlie Adam please!!
29/08/2012 12:13:00
We definitely need experience, I'd take Charlie Adam, Ricky Lambert, and bring back NRC as well as signing the young lads. Would anyone take Joey Barton if offered? If we could get 6 months out of him before he goes crazy again, and is the difference between staying up and going down wouldn't it be worth it? I don't think we're in a situation right now where we can turn our noses up at players because we don't like them personally.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
29/08/2012 12:21:00
N'Zonzi? Fair bit of Premieship experience. Big and strong. Attribute missin from our midfield at present. Wouldn't mnd Adam. By all means bring in young and hungry players, but we need experienced and hungry ones as well!
29/08/2012 12:22:00
Almost a complete opposite to the MON in regards to prem experience. We could do with an experienced target/holdup forward (like Kenwyne Jones (even Heskey....errrgggh)). Plus an experienced prem CM (missing SP)....Charlie Adam would be sufficient but Delph holds the key here if we dont invest in one. That would do us and get us out of this trouble, assuming they stay fit.
29/08/2012 12:26:00
I agree to some extent but we have players with experience bent Ireland n'zogbia dunne given but there just not in the right positions and none are the leaders we need. Experience in the middle of defense or midfield is what we need but am excited by the prospect o young players... Oh the confusion
Aussie Villain
29/08/2012 12:33:00
Charlie Adam. A journeyman who had a reasonable season for err Barcelona, Manure, Juve???? Oh no I forgot it was for relegated Blackpool. He has been found out at Redscouse for being a one paced one season wonder. And you think he is the cure for Villa Park? All about opinions Lee, but I disagree with you on this one. And Fear where is Randolph getting this £20m figure you are on about. He has ploughed enough in and been let down by his managers and the supporters. Empty seats simply do not provide the money we need or the create the desire for good players to come to VP. For years we have had to pay over the odds to attract talent to VP. It has to stop. We have to attract players because of a desire to do well not the size of a wage packet. If PL can overcome the challenges of the first 6/12 months without succumbing to fan pressure and falling in to the traps that have put us in this position (such as wasting £20million on players who have no feel on or any passion for the club - in effect £20m of dead money), then we will be fine for years to come. I admit it has to be a balance. But Vlaar, Guzan, Given, Bent, Holman, Ireland, KEA, Dunne, Gabi are not kids. Bannan, Delph, Herd, Fonz, Clarke, Albrighton, Weimann, Lichaj are not 17 or 18 year olds. They have been pushing for several years and have the experience of a relgation scrap under their belt. Baker, Lowton, Stevens are untried but Baker and Lowton look like they can be real additions. A left back and a target man and the squad is more than capable of a top 10 finish. Keep the faith. This season will be up and down, but it really looks like we have a manager with his finger on the pulse as to what has caused problems for this club over hte years and is not going to fall into the same trap. UTV. The 19th minute.
29/08/2012 12:37:00
Lads will ye come on and up it. I have a soft spot for Villa and I need Bent to start scoring for my fantasy football team!!
29/08/2012 12:41:00
Adam and N'Zonzi, possibly on loan with an option to buy, would give experience and are still young. Benteke looks like he could do a job for us in time and can find the net unlike Heskey.Much as we might like to knock Dunne, he is missed as a leader on the pitch. Surprisingly, he plays better against good teams. Gabby is a loss too despite all his knockers. First time he gets a series of injuries and suddenly he's ****e - not true. He scares defenders with his speed. Bent has scored once since February- because he was out injured from March to May and then on his holidays. The bottom line is that Randy/PL don't want to spend big money on players who will give no further sell on value. Fees of £15m for the likes of Joe Allen are crazy. Players greed for big wages doesn't help either. Wigan have brought in the likes of Palacios and Valencia on ordinary wages and made them in to big money players, as have Fulham with Dembele. We need to be realistic and give PL a chance to build his squad his way. Vlaar Holman and KEA look OK but need time to adjust from Dutch football like Bouma did. There needs to be a period of stability and calm at the club after the madness of the last couple of seasons, there are some good international players at the club with plenty of experence, it may be time for them to step up and earn their money. We won't be challenging for the top 4 any time soon, but let's give PL a chance to stabilise in the league and give the cups a good lash. We will be OK, no need to panic yet.
29/08/2012 12:46:00
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