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.