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Villa Fan - We Need To Hit Ground Running Next Season

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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. Read more: Chester Wants Quick Start To 2017/18

Steve Tarpey wrote in the comments and I thought it too good not to publish properly.

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 I'm 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 amongst 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 what's 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 ? I`m 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.

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Writer:Steve Tarpey
Date:Wednesday May 17 2017
Time: 10:00AM


Nicely put!
The Fear
16/05/2017 16:33:00
Hard to disagree with those who need to move on, although I can't see Kodjia going anywhere because of his injury, which is a bit of a bonus in some respects. I'd be happy to keep Bunn, ideally as a back-up, but if he plays behind Bree/Hutton-Chester-Baker-Taylor, I think he'd do. It's our lack of goals which is the major problem - two good wingers and a decent 'No 10' and we won't be far wrong.
16/05/2017 21:15:00
Wouldn't disagree with much of that. I personally would keep Gardner as back up ( a comment I know won't be popular) and think for the money we would now get for McCormack it would be worth giving him a 2nd chance... Keeper looks to be sorted ( but would you consider bringing Ruddy in as no 2 as an upgrade on Bunn?).. Left sided central defender required and energetic quick midfield player ( dare I say someone like Delph needed)... Up front I believe we need a player comfortable playing with his back to goal bringing midfield runners into play.. We haven't got anyone who does that. Abraham or Gallacher would be brilliant.. 4 essential signings Imo.. Others would be bonus if possible... Regards a no 10, I believe we already have that player if we play the right system.. I will wait for the brickbats, but I still believe in Jack!
17/05/2017 10:26:00
I agree with the current players list to get rid off. Obviously SB is just waiting for the call from Barcelona for Bacuna who we know thinks he is champions league standard in his head but basically is championship level at best. Agree we must persevere with McCormack at least during the close season to find out if her really wants to be here. Can't believe we have another first team player who isn't fit for god sake. SB knows we must hit the ground running next season and if we don't then obviously his days will be numbered.
South coast Villan
17/05/2017 12:45:00
Seems most people are in agreement on what we need to bring in, keeper, centre half, dynamic midfielder with some pace and a target man who can hold the ball up (Rudy couldn't). If the Mooy rumours are true, he would be a great addition in midfield. Personally I'd get rid of Richards, Elphick, Steer, Veretout, Tshibola and Gil. Cant see the Dr wanting to take a big hit on McCormacks fee after 1 season, no one else is going to pay Gabby's wages of 60-65k a week!, Gollini is already on loan for another year. If we could get a decent fee for Amavi, say 15mill+, I'd move him on too. If only we had accepted that apparent ?25million bid in January. I'd really like to see Green used more frequently next season and hopefully Bruce will try and get Davis or RHM involved in the first team a bit more. If we dont play them, they need to go out on loan.
17/05/2017 14:52:00
I NEVER want Villa to lose - but paradoxically, I would be more confident about our fortunes next season, if we'd lost 0 - 4 to Brighton. SB recently saying that we want to at least be in the play-offs this time next year, doesn't help. We need to have higher hopes than that.
17/05/2017 20:02:00
I am with krfes, in that I don't see any harm in keeping Gardner. He may be 23/24, but in terms of development he's still a kid, having missed huge chunks of the last 4-5 years due to injury. He may not be a world beater, but at least he puts his full effort forth and understands the game about 1,000 times better than Tshibola (who is nothing more than a good athlete, with zero tactical sense). I'm not so confident in Grealish ever becoming the player we all want him to become. John Gregory recently said that the difference between Grealish and a young Lee Hendrie was that at least Hendrie put himself about. It is very clear (to me) that Grealish is only happy with the ball at his feet, un-pressured, and facing the opposing goal - you'll never be a 'player" if that's the limit of your comfort on a football pitch!
17/05/2017 21:40:00
Whatever gmvillan & krfes were smoking when they wrote about Gardner- can I have 10 please? Gardner only lacks one thing-- ability. As ever, we rush to get rid of kids who cost us nowt (hello, Barry Bannan, Jonathan Hogg, D.J, Callum Robinson, Eric Lichaj, Enda Stevens) whilst the likes of the BeeGees (Bloody Gabby, Bloody Gardner) hang around like a bad smell. GET RID QUICK!
Gut Prat & Ugly
18/05/2017 11:30:00
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