Recruitment is essential

Tim Sherwood is looking to fill the void left by two of Aston Villa’s best players after Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke joined Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. Coming into this summer transfer window, we always knew that Tim Sherwood would be reshaping the squad whether those two left or not.

Now that they have gone, there is an opportunity for the Villans to start afresh and the chance for Sherwood to have a squad that he has put together. The recruitment process has already started, with the additions of Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Amavi for a combined total of approximately £18 million.

This spending early in the summer could prove to be crucial for us in the long run, with a number of high profile clubs tracking the players we have acquired prior to their moves. We need to continue looking at players who have the quality we need.

It’s fair to say that Paul Lambert was pretty poor in the transfer market. Although he did oversee the signing of Christian Benteke, he also wasted a lot of money on players who were never cut out to play at the top level of English football. Hopefully, the days of Villa managers spending £15 million on six or seven players who are more suited to the lower leagues have gone and we can start to be the ‘big club’ that Sherwood likes to remind everyone Aston Villa is.

Yesterday, it was reported that we had had a bid of around 12 million accepted by Lorient for their attacker Jordan Ayew, a Ghana international who will be brought in to add firepower to the squad. At the age of twenty-three, Ayew still has the best years of his career ahead of him and this could be a perfect opportunity for Ayew and Aston Villa Football Club, if Lorient’s greed can be contained.

When it comes to the midfield, we are still lacking one or two players but the latest rumours in the tabloid press see us linked with the experienced playmaker Esteban Cambiasso, who is available on a free transfer following his decision not to renew his contract with Leicester City. Cambiasso is someone who played a pivotal role in keeping the Foxes in the Premier League last season, scoring some key goals towards the end of the season. Many of their fans have been disappointed to see him leave. I feel that he could add a lot to our squad and act as a fantastic mentor to some of the younger players who Sherwood is keen to develop. Also, we are without a captain and Cambiasso could be a genuine possibility for the role should he sign.

If we complete the signings of Ayew and Cambiasso, they would add considerable quality to our squad. However, we still need a couple more players to bolster the squad ahead of the new season. While we all have our own ideas as to who those players should be, we just have to trust Tim Sherwood, see what else happens this summer and hope that it all works out.


  1. All this talk of & yet more new additions to the squad leaves me wondering if folk have considered how many slots there are in the squad to accommodate them and which players are yet to leave as we already have a full squad of 25 players over 21. OK, we have had a few leave but there are also the likes of Tonev who was not amongst last seasons squad. Also Amavi will not be counted in the squad numbers until next season as he’s only recently turned 21. Then there’s the likes of Gardner who many would like to see in the squad although his recent injury may delay that.

  2. Benteke, Gil, Okore, Vlaar, Cleverley, Bertrand, Sinclair, Sanchez and Guzan and Westwood too – Lambert bought in some good to terrific buys or loans but he had little money to spend on big names so it was always a gamble with 2 to 3 million spends.

    Lambert was a dreadful manager, but I realise his hands were tied in a lot of matters.

  3. Recruitment is essential but Jordan Ayew can not and must not be relied upon to contribute the amount of goals Christian Benteke did. Whilst he is young, he has shown nothing in his career thus far to say he can do just that. A ratio of about 1 in 2 last year in a struggling side is a decent return but he was their penalty taker which accounted for at least 3 of his tally and his goalscoring record before Lorient AND for Ghana is pretty meagre. IF he is being signed to play up front WITH Charlie Austin then he could turn out ok, but he is very unconvincing in the no.9 jersey/role. Also he seems very aggro and a bit of a bad news bear if you read his past reports – likened by some to Mario Balotelli.

    Esteban Cambiasso and/or Tom Huddlestone are absolute musts for us to play alongside Gueye and Gil in centre mid and finally see Westwood demoted to his rightful place sat on the subs bench. I would also like to see us try to prize Kyle Walker back as our first choice right back freeing up Micah Richards (who will be Captain next season) to play centre half…not as daft as it might sound with Kieiran Trippier signed to be Spurs, first choice full back next year. A defence of Amavi Clark/Okore Richards and Walker certainly looks better than what we’ve had for the past two -three seasons. Sherwood has ballsed up with the GK situation though badly…bidding for Begovic to prove he doesn’t fancy Guzan as no.1 then having seen that fall through not had a a suitable plan B now relying on a demotivated GK who was dropped last year under Sherwood and has already tried to have been replaced.


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