As we close in on the transfer of Ghana international striker Jordan Ayew, I could be positive and think that, despite losing Christian Benteke, our front line looks decent with the addition of Ayew, who is versatile and talented. However, we need more forwards. If you add Ayew to our list of strikers, it stands at four and that includes Agbonlahor, who can hardly be considered a goal-scorer, Libor Kozak, who is just returning from a serious injury, and Callum Robinson, who is untested at the top level.
The transfer window is far from shut, which is good news as we need to sign another striker – and a proven goal-scorer at that. Charlie Austin would be perfect, as we know he will put the ball in the back of the net. Let’s face it, with the money we are getting from the transfer of Fabian Delph to Manchester City, the transfer of Christian Benteke to Liverpool and of course the large sum the club receives for television rights, we can afford to go and spend a few million pounds, especially on proven quality.
I think that Sherwood should have bought Austin already, to eliminate the risk of another club getting him. We know he is likely to leave his current club, after Queens Park Rangers’ manager Chris Ramsey was open in admitting that Austin is ‘unlikely’ to stay. Ramsey also revealed he would be looking to receive a sum of at least £15 millon for Austin, which is a fair amount of money that we know we can afford. While many have suggested it is injury concerns that have put Sherwood off Austin, there is also the issue of his wages, with some suggestions that the English forward would want to be paid a staggering £85,000 per week. If wages are the issue then we can rule Austin out and move on, past the lazy links to Emmanuel Adebayor.
It was inevitable that we would lose Benteke. Our star player was almost certain to leave, with the club powerless to keep its prized asset as soon as the release clause was triggered, so Sherwood should have bought his replacement earlier in the summer, eliminating the risk of starting the new season with a weak front line and few options up front.
With the spending power we now have, I don’t think it will be too difficult to attract a talented forward to the club but who knows if the attraction of playing for a club like Aston Villa is still there? Sherwood will be a big factor in convincing players to join, as he seems to have a way of getting players on side and his record at Aston Villa so far is quite good. We desperately need another striker and hopefully we’ll get one soon, as leaving it too late is a bad idea.