As the new season is about to begin in a new league for Aston Villa Football Club, the issue of a new striker looms as large as it has done all summer. There are a lot of transfer rumours on the go at the minute: Everton activating Gana’s £7.1 million release clause, Sinclair attracting interest from Celtic and Costel Pantilimon potentially arriving from Watford for £2 million. Despite the abundance of rumours, the big summer switch up that we all wanted is definitely not yet in full swing under Di Matteo and Xia.
For myself, and a lot of other fans, the most exciting prospect is that of a new, big name striker to work alongside Jordan Ayew. With the Ghanaian apparently staying, there has been a lot of Twitter talk from our new owner regarding ongoing efforts to sign a new centre forward. So far, however, there has only been a lot of talk, rumours and waiting. Having said that, the transfer window will be open for another month and I do believe that we will get our man. Who will it be?
The latest claim is that the club has offered a cash sum and Rudy Gestede to newly promoted Hull City for the services of their number nine, Abel Hernández. Having initially been deemed a flop at Hull City, last season the Uruguayan scored twenty goals in thirty-nine matches in the Championship. That’s the only statistic I need to hear. Whilst I do believe that Gestede would score goals in the Championship, it would be hard not to be excited at the prospect of Hernández joining the club.
An ongoing transfer story links us to Bristol City’s Jonathan Kodjia for a sum that has has increased from a reported £5 million to £10 million over the course of the summer. It is believed that scouts from the club have been watching the twenty-six-year-old Ivory Coast international for some time. Kodjia scored nineteen goals in forty-five games in his debut season for Bristol City, which is impressive, particularly in a side that finished eighteenth in the Championship. Signing him would be something of a gamble if we do pay as much as £10 million, although it may pay off. Sometimes it’s good to roll the dice.
There are other strikers being linked, of course, including McCormack and Bamford.
Whoever the Villans’ new striker is, he’ll have to back up his price tag to give us a chance of promotion.
Young forwards Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and André Green have impressed me in pre-season and will undoubtedly be hungry for playing time in the senior set-up once the new season begins.
We may not have our new man in time for the opening game of the season next Sunday but I have faith that we will make our move before the window shuts. In any case, keeping Ayew may prove to be more important than any signing we make.
This time of year is always exciting so enjoy the rumours and gossip surrounding potential signings.
Let’s all back this new regime and whoever is brought to the club whilst praying that the summer shake up includes a striker who knows where the goal is.