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Chester Wants Quick Start To 2017/18

Chester Wants Quick Start To 2017/18

Welsh international centre half James Chester has called on Aston Villa to return in peak condition next pre season so we can hit the ground running as we go for promotion back to the Premier League next season.

With a slow start to this year added to New Year troubles with results, Chester knows in hindsight that certainly cost us a real effort at promotion at the first time of asking, but with players having at least six months with each other now to bond, he's looking for far more next season from the first kick off.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail as he looked to next term, he explained.

'It`s been proven in this division that if you make a good start you are going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. We have spoken already about pre-season and keeping ourselves fit through the off-season. It is an awfully long time. It is important we come back in some shape to put in the hard work through July for the start of August.'

Promotion is of course the single aim for the season though and he expects it to be a good year.

'Next season is one I am looking forward to and one I am fully expecting to be a successful one. The squad we have here should not be finishing 13th and 30-odd points behind the top two. What they have done only magnifies the disappointment of this season. This is an important summer for us. We need to make sure we are ready to hit the ground running next season.'

One thing that Chester thought would help us this summer was having a pre season with manager Steve Bruce so he can get exactly what he wants from the squad, but also a quieter transfer period given the number of players that have arrived in the last three four windows.

'There have been players coming in and out non-stop. It is nice to have some stability now with the manager. He has signed players he wants here in January. I am not sure how much business will be done in the summer but we have a squad of players here now who seem to want to be here and do the right thing for the club.'

He ended by saying.

'We had that at Hull when the manager was there. We had decent players but more importantly they were also good lads who were willing to put the work in and get good results. I see that happening here with the squad we have now. We are all hoping next season is successful.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday May 11 2017
Time: 10:00AM


I agree mainly with what our captain says. However, I can't agree with the quiet transfer window, we need some quality coming in.
Pride of Lions
10/05/2017 20:51:00
Agree with that Pride. There is no way we will be challenging for anything with only a couple of additions to the current squad. We probably need close to 6-8 players I would say to build the squad. Two keepers, a centre-back, a couple of wide players and some back-up and competition for Jedinak. At least.
11/05/2017 13:35:00
Still needs to be a few leaving as well... too many still this season didn't turn up or if they did turn up, simply weren't good enough. The team HAS to get off to a flyer this coming season, no more excuses.
The Fear
12/05/2017 14:32:00
We certainly need to make an impact from day one, making promotion our only priority. But we need to get the right players into a squad 3/4 capable of doing better. But as has been speculated in the media, money available for signings is just a mere one million, we'll need to fully out all the deadwood and shirkers who just don't do it regularly when in the team for whatever reason that may be. So in some cases it will come down to being severe by cutting certain regular squad members to make those much needed funds available to build a team that can deliver and is up to the job expected of them...a team to get us back into the Premiership at the next time of asking. My own feelings are that the goalkeeper situation was no1 on the list, however, reports state that we have Sam back for another season, this to be confirmed in the next few days I should imagine. I do feel the need for a experienced defender is a must, along with a striker or two maybe who can score goals regularly, something that's been lacking at times this season, how thankful we have been that Kodjia did the business regularly, but when away or injured we couldn't score simple as that !!. So, if we have too obtain funds by whatever means, I'd like us to consider Joe Ledley who we might be able to get from Crystal Palace at a bargain price ? I do feel at the back he'd do a solid job for us, ok not the young marvel we'd like, but im sure he would do a good job, at a reasonable cost on the pitch and in the dressing room too, motivating the younger members of the squad. I also think we should get amoungst the mix and do our best to get the likes of Tammy Abraham into a Villa shirt, and a unknown who I personally rate, and I hope SB takes a long hard look at....Troyes striker Adama Niane, who score's goals regularly for fun and again he's someone I feel could do a job for us when needed. Players to go ? Well we don't know if Kodjia will leave us for pastures new in the Premiership ? and Scott Hogan needs a good season, so we'll look forward to him coming good for us, but its all about making funds according to whats being said through the media right now, so all those out on loan, my feelings are this... we've not had them, they didn't do much for the club when we did, and we have not missed them one bit, so get them gone for as much as possible ( but I hope we don't give them away as we have done many times in the past !) My personal list would include all loanees out through this past season and including McCormack & Tshibola & Gollini. My choice of Current team AVFC players to go, tough but Gardner, Agbonlahor, Bunn, Richards, Elphick, Amavi, Bacuna maybe a couple more ? Im looking forward to what happens ( like we all are ) in the transfer market, and fingers crossed Villa will get that promotion we all crave next time around.
Steve Tarpey
14/05/2017 14:55:00
That's an epic Steve, I've published. There is a 'suggest an article' on the right hand side of the page if you ever do something like this again... or just email me, the link is by my name in the editor section!
The Fear
16/05/2017 16:16:00
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