Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 9 2014
Must admit, I`ve been slack this summer with transfer rumours and I`ve not bothered to list the rumours in and out like I always usually do. My ambivalence is a worry to me as this was a passion, now it just seems a drag!
Boy oh boy, I know how to build up the excitement for an article!
Then again, Villa know how to build up the excitement for a new season with two free signings and one more apparently due in.
This time we are being linked to free agent Nicklas Bendtner.
The Danish striker was released by Arsenal last season and it seems with cover needed for the injured Libor Kozak and Christian Benteke, we are top of the queue to grab him.
The 26-year-old, who joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old, has seen interest from German clubs but he wants to stay in the Premiership.
His full career record can be seen here: Click Here
Makes sense, no matter how much we might kick and scream about the lack of proper transfers and the fact we are fishing in the freebie pool, if that is what the owner has decreed, the manager has no choice and can`t really be the brunt of blame - as much as I`d like to blame him for everything going for his performance since coming to Villa!
It is going to be fascinating to see if Randy will sanction any decent spending at all, he obviously wants out (not rocket science from Feario there is it, he`s put us up for sale!!!!) but surely he realises - or does he - that he will have to spend a bit and treat the club with at least a modicum of interest if he doesn't want to see us relegated before a sale.
He`ll hide over in the USA again this season (if no sale is found), his scapegoat Paul Faulkner has now signalled he is stepping down, so the manager will get the full brunt of fan frustration unless we get off to a half ok start.
I do look forward to doing an article about a link to a player who actually costs but with reports suggesting the budget this season is between £10-15million INCLUDING wages of the new players, I`m not sure we are going to get anything to really jump up and down about. That said, and we`ve not bothered with an article, Ashley Young has been linked with a return to Villa Park, not sure on that one, his wages alone would surely be a stumbling block? I`ve also seen the odd mention of Bryan Ruiz, the Costa Rican Fulham attacking midfielder.
Hey diddly ho, time will tell. I`m still hoping and praying... well, hoping anyway (!) that someone comes in with a proper bid for us, putting Randy and us fans out of our collective miseries and setting the Club back on the track to be run how it should be, as a top six club, not as a Wigan or Bolton.
Dear Unlce Randy, man up and spend some of the tv money from AVFC... Many thanks.
Date:Wednesday July 9 2014
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