With safety confirmed, there is time for Villa fans to dream of an exciting summer involving a new owner, a new manager and big spending. For now, all talk of a takeover is speculation but I believe the rumours are close to the truth so I thought I would take a look at who should go this summer and their potential replacements.
If Paul Lambert is to leave this summer, I have drawn up a list of potential replacements. Our motto is ‘Prepared’, after all!
I certainly do not want to see David Moyes at the club but his name has been muttered by many fans. He achieved nothing at United or Everton in all honesty.
Malky Mackay was unjustly sacked by Cardiff, in my opinion. His tactics are not bad and, with a good budget, he could be the man for us.
My top two preferred replacements are Glenn Hoddle and Michael Laudrup. Both men know what they are doing. Laudrup was sacked unfairly, in my opinion. He knows how to find a good buy: look at Michu, Bony and De Guzman.
Hoddle wants a job in the Premier League again. Is he right for Villa? I think so. Tactically, he has been strong in the past and he knows how to work the youth system well. I believe he would be a popular choice despite his Wolverhampton links.
If we suddenly find ourselves rolling in money, we could also try to reel in Claudio Ranieri or Rafael Benitez.
Regardless of who owns or manages Aston Villa Football Club this summer, it is time for number of players to leave and they will have to be replaced.
Enda Stevens was never going to make it. He was given false hope by McLeish and now it is time for him to say goodbye. He is not good enough for the Premier League and I do not think he will be a Villa player next season.
Joe Bennett needs to mature considerably as a defender if he is to be a Premier League player. Going forward he is great but he cannot defend well enough. Maybe we could loan him out or make the sale and put a sneaky buy back clause in his deal if he does develop.
We have not seen much of Antonio Luna and we have youth players coming through who could be the next Ashley Cole. Luna has not settled in well and has never really looked assured in the Villa starting XI so he is the third choice right back at present.
Incredibly, Alan Hutton is still a Villa player somehow. He has not played for Villa for a very long time now and is real dead wood. We failed to move him on last summer but maybe this summer we will have more luck. He is almost certain to leave, no matter how unfairly some believe he has been treated.
With his contract expiring and not having justified a contract extension, Chris Herd is likely to be leaving. Perhaps he has been a little unlucky considering his personal reasons for time off but in footballing terms he is not good enough.
I feel sorry for Gary Gardner: his injuries have really hampered any progress. I have mulled over Gardner for a long time. Does he stay or does he go? You decide for me.
I will buy Grant Holt his train ticket back to Wigan to make sure his loan deal does not turn into a permanent one. His goal aside, he’s been useless to us.
Nathan Delfouneso seems to be robbing a living and is not destined for greatness. He should be peaking soon but that is not going to happen. His loan spells have been less than fruitful. We have a player primed for a brighter future in Callum Robinson, rendering Delfouneso surplus to requirements.
Please, please, please, will somebody buy Bent? Anyone Just take him. he is an absolute burden on the club and must be sold. He is lazy and has been unpopular at Fulham so expect no permanent deal there despite Fulham Football Club’s relegation to the Championship. He is not the player he was in the past and he really cannot put chances away. Remember Harry Redknapp’s infamous interview after a Darren Bent miss? He said, “My missus could have scored that.” it sums up Darren Bent’s current attitude well.
I considered adding Benteke to this list but I decided against it. Maybe this injury and missing out on the World Cup will get him fired up for his return in October time. He will be a real asset next season when firing on all cylinders with different players around hi,.
With Okore and Vlaar, we could have a strong defensive base but Steven Caulker is a better defender than Vlaar and he is a leader.
Gareth Barry is a real leader who loves Aston Villa Football Club. He is tenacious and it is time for him to be reunited with the Villa faithful.
Lewis Holtby has fantastic ability, despite Magath’s harsh words at the weekend, and he is definitely the sort of player we should be targeting this summer.
Ashkan Dejagah caused us nightmares a when he faced Fulham and he has been Fulham’s star player this summer. We should move quickly for him as a good World Cup will place him in the limelight.
We need a striker but who? I want you to help with this one too. Lots of names have been thrown in the ring but could we give Robinson his chance and hope Kozak and Benteke work well next season?
What are your opinions on the summer transfer dealings required?