Date:Sunday September 2 2012
Some fans are going on about our new arrivals being too young, too inexperienced etc.
There are some fans on this and other sites who are unhappy, Merson, Le Tissier and friends on Sky waxed lyrical about how inadequate the signings were, and we already know that many pundits are predicting us to get relegated.
So have we really just signed a bunch of schoolboys fresh from the academy?
Of those brought in:
Brett Holman is a full Australian international who has been described as better than Tim Cahill who many would have welcomed with open arms before he headed to the US.
Ron Vlaar is a full Dutch international who started at Euros this summer, this is the Dutch national team and dare I say it they have a slightly better international record than our own beloved national team with the likes of Terry, Rooney et al.
Karim El Ahmadi is a full Moroccan international who was one of the top players in the Dutch top flight last year and played at the top end of their game.
Christian Benteke is only 21 but is a full Belgian international, the same team that boasts Company, Hazard etc.
Many villa fans are unhappy at Matthew Lowton and Joe Bennett but loved Kyle Walker who came from the same club as Lowton and would have been happy with Kyle Naughton who had no Prem experience until Paul Lambert gave it to him last year. Pundits love Kyle Walker but until his loan season at the Villa he was a championship player, oh yes and he is also still young.
There also seems to be amnesia about who else remains at the club. Shay Given who was an Ireland international until his recent retirement is still our number one and his deputy is a full US international. Bent, Gabby, Ireland, N`Zogbia and Dunne have been in the premiership for years with Warnock and Hutton still on the books,all of whom have been capped by their countries.
Herd, Albrighton, Bannan (a full Scotland international) Delph and Lichaj (a full US international) have at least a season under their respective belts as do Clark (a full Ireland international) and Weimann and all have represented their countries at U21 level. Of the rest, Westwood and Bowery are young and untried as are Samir Carruthers and Enda Stephens (although he has played in Europe) but if they're used sensibly they might just surprise a few.
I deliberately haven't mentioned Stan but would love to see him back in a Villa shirt or at least in and around the dressing room as the season progresses.
Like many I have concerns about this season and am as worried about the threat of relegation as anyone but for me my concern is not experience. I'm more worried about whether the team can gel, whether individually they are good enough and whether PL will get his tactics right. It certainly won't come right over night and I suspect we'll have to wait until after the international break to see what impact the new signings can make and what PL's first choice eleven looks like.
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Date:Sunday September 2 2012
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