Find Some New Full-backs!


Signing full-backs should be Villa’s main priority this summer.

If any transfer business is to be completed in the coming months, the main concern has to be strengthening both the left- and right-back positions. With the club seemingly in “lock down” mode in terms of any tranfer deals being concluded until a new owner is found, Villa fans could see the majority of deals being finished closer to, if not on, deadline day, with the exception of free agents.

Ryan Bertrand occupied the left-back position for the majority of last season. The twenty-four-year-old has now returned to his parent club, Chelsea, and a potential deal to sign the Champions League winner seems to have failed to materialse, with Liverpool now linked with him.

Bertrand was a class above our current full-backs – Lowton, Bennett, Luna and Alan Hutton. In my opinion, only one of these players is capable enough of playing to standard required in the Premier League and that is Lowton (on a good day).

During his first season with Villa, Lowton showed that he is capable of occupying the right-back position in the near future. Leaving aside the mediocrity of last season, I still think Lowton is good enough for the side and if not he would be good cover if a new defender were to come in. Having just turned twenty-five, the defender is in an important phase of his career and a solid performance next season is needed in order to really prove himself to the Villa faithful.

Antonio Luna was one of Lambert’s summer signings last year and Villa fans thought they were on to a winner after brilliant performances throughout the pre-season campaign and during the first few games of last season. Having acquired the nickname Tony Moon, Luna looked as though he could fill the left-back position following his brilliant goal against Arsenal. However, this was not the case and Luna proved that he can be a real liability in defence, with positioning being the main issue, due to the Spaniard continuously bombing down the line and being caught out.

There is very little I need to see about Bennett and Hutton. Lambert has been trying to get rid of Hutton since last summer and the sooner he goes the better. Not only is Hutton not good enough, he is on a hefty wage while offering nothing to the club. As for Joe Bennett, he is no longer considered a youngster at twenty-four years of age. I hear many Villa fans pleading for Bennett to be given another chance. How many more chances will he need to keep on failing to impress? It’s time for both Hutton and Bennett to leave the club.

One other option – and a man who was used last season in the right-back position – is Leandro Bacuna. In my opinion, Bacuna is a much better player going forward than he defensively. He is very similar to Antonio Luna: when put in defence, his positioning is questionable at times. Lambert should stick to using Bacuna on the wing and not as an option in defence.

We have strengthened our centre-back and attacking options with the free signings of Senderos and Joe Cole so now it’s time to sort out one of our weakest areas before the new season begins.


  1. Some good full back will do for Villa. Look at the defenders Crystal Palace have released, namely Dean Moxey and Jonathan Parr. Moxey is a really good player, was part of a good defence at Crystal Palace, released only because his place was taken over. He is no mean joker.

    Talking about high class defenders nowadays is a big thing, they normally do have high wages coming with them. Moxey will mix easily with them, having been before on lower wages at Derby and Exeter City. I think he is the man we need.I suggested Parr just because he was also released. Nothing much great about him.

    Talk about Brede Hangeland, a random possibility, but nevertheless I think a good signing if we get him.

    Most of the other released defenders in the Premier League are either not team regulars or too high to afford for Villa.

    Other odd options include George McCartney, Carlos Cuellar,and Andrea Dossena.

    In the championship, Zat Knight and Sean St Ledger are defenders who can really help us out of our defensive problems. Both are capped, both have Premier League experience and are good on their days (which appear slightly more often). St. Ledger is often injured, but was good for Leicester. Knight was important for Bolton. Just ask Hutton.


  2. I’m sorry mate but what utter tosh about Bertrand being “a class above our current fullbacks”. No, he is equal to or as good/bad as our current fullbacks.

    • Well said, bar a good game against Pool, much like Bennett’s against Chelsea, Bertrand was just as bad as any of our fullbacks and shouldn’t even be claimed as a successful loan or better than what we have. There’s a reason Pool are looking at the likes of Moreno and not caring about Bertrand despite the “supposed” link to them.

  3. I think in Bennett there is a good player dying to get out.

    He has a great touch and control and is a fantastic crosser of the ball.

    He is just error prone and makes the wrong decisions at the wrong time (these can be coached out of him). The plus points above cannot be ‘taught’.

    He didn’t put a step wrong v Chelsea – so there is hope!

    I think we all agree that Bennett, Lowton and Hutton are better going forward than defensively.

    How good do they need to be defensively? If, as is beiing suggested, we will play Senderos, Vlaar and Okore as 3 across the back. As wing backs they will need to get forward as much as poss – leaving the back 3 to defend.


  4. A new right back is vital as he would provide cover for Lowton or vice versa and more importantly it would free up Bacuna so he can actually play in his preferred position. I think Bacuna is a real talent and we should be starting him in his best possible position, not wasting him at right back.

    That leaves us with the left side. In my opinion, we need a left back and a left sided midfielder. Obviously Luna and Bennet aren’t reliable enough at the minute and they were bailed out by a couple of decent performances from Bertrand, who I believe was sound all season. Maybe Danny Rose could be that man.

    The left winger would be important, as it would relieve Gabby and Weimann of that position. These two have been farmed out wide when they’re obviously not wingers. Get ourselves a left midfielder and that in turn gives us two more central players.

    We’re not far away from seeing a good Villa side again. Here’s to hoping we see it earlier rather than later.

  5. I enjoy the World Cup so much because it fills my head with ideas on who would fit in well at the Villa. Fullbacks who had stood out a lot in my opinion have been both the Americans ones (Beasley & Johnson) and Darmian (Italy). I think both of the Americans could be a cheap transfer and Darmian probably has an expensive price tag on him.


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