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Taxi for Tonev

It's been widely reported over the last few days that both Luna and Tonev are deemed surplus to requirements at Villa, with both omitted from our Texan tour. For me, the exit of Tonev cannot come soon enough.

Tonev is what might be regarded as a punt. A relatively low risk acquisition from Polish Ekstraklasa club, Lech Poznan, Tonev arrived at B6 in June 2013. He was a rough gem. The question was this: could Villa make him shine? The answer: no. The reason for this is simple: Aleksander Tonev is not anywhere near the standard this club expects.

To be fair to the player, it is not Tonev's fault that he is not good enough, though his insistence on shooting from distance justifiably led to criticism from the seats, particular when his shooting was often part satellite launch, part field goal attempt. It will be no surprise to any that in his 158 professional appearances spread across four clubs, Tonev has managed 13 goals though none of them have been for Villa.

Simply put: Aston Villa football club should not be anywhere near this standard of player. The club should know it, the manager should know it and the scouting network should definitely know it. Instead of signing him, a years development has been lost on Sami Carruthers who could have taken Tonev's 20 league and cup appearances. He certainly could not have done any worse than he hapless Bulgarian.

The initial outlay for Tonev will certainly be recouped along with a small profit though is the limited financial return worth it when our own academy players are missing out on experience and first team opportunity? All in all, a dreadful signing.
Our time with Tonev can't end soon enough.




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Writer: Villa_Grizzly Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 22 2014

Time: 11:01AM

Your Comments

Agree he is so far below the standard required its untrue. Apart from being left out of the tour are there any actual real reports linking him to a move elsewhere?
crimsondonkey
Amen. What's the point in having an academy if the club prefers to give unknown cheap gambles a chance before your own young prodigies? There needs to be some sort of policy in place that better integrates the youth squad with 1st team opportunity. At the start of the season, management should target 3 or 4 reserve players to get 10 or more sub appearances across our full fixture list (cup gains included) so that it canbe assessed if they 'have it or not'. Those who do - happy days! Those who don't- more time or moved on. At least with some first team game time on their C.V we might get a few more pennies for them. Unfortunately no manager is brave enough to voluntarily impose a policy that they see as restrictive.
marlin magic
Tonev has 158 professional apperances, and scored 13 goals....
Cormac Murphy
He cost 2.5m, Helenius cost 1.5m. Are these "low risk" transfers? I think the opposite. Buying cheap youngsters from lower European leagues is a massive gamble and is risking our premier league survival.
David-avfc
I was going to say I've seen him score some crackers on you tube , so I know he has scored more than one . As for Carruthers he hasn't made the squad either and i doubt he will under Lambert.
villan57
Taxi..........!
Villa always
I will be very surprised if we do get our money back on him. I know I wouldn't give 2.5 m for him. Its always the way, a manager buys a player so he has to play him to justify the spend. You get an academy player who cost nothing so you put him on the bench ( or is it bencht ) same ol same ol. Actually now that I think of it, if you put him on the bencht would you get a striker who can shoot from 30 yards.
Oscararc
I agree with you, David-avfc, I can't get over the fact that Helenius + Tonev + Luna would have got us Huddlestone (or any other proven 5M player). He would probably have made a big difference to our midfield last year. Thankfully, I think PL has learnt from his mistakes, though.
delirium
THIS WAS A RECOMMEDATION FROM STAN. Surely you knew that this was widely reported Grizzly. Why didn't you mention it?? And if you're going to do articles stating stats, try to get them right. If it's a joke, you need to make it clear so those that don't know any better are put right. It seems that there's an agenda here and that isn't like you so ?!?!?!?!
Villan444
He's been capped 15 times for his country who are rated 73 in the world. More caps than the much lauded ( by a few) Darren Bencht at the age of only 24. Surely worth a gamble and will easily sell for the price paid.
Villan444
Apologies apologies. I read the wrong stat column. I have now amended. Apologies again.
Villa_Grizzly
 

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