For those trying to decipher Dr Xia’s mathematical tweets, it would appear that there will be more transfer dealings this summer. The number in question is open to discussion with rumours suggesting that we could see as many as five new faces and just as many departures.
With the first eleven looking very strong on paper, the excitement for Villa fans is who these possible transfer targets may be and will they be better than what we already have or are they set to be squad players.
We can make educated guesses as to who the majority of the players to be leaving the club will be. Jordan Amavi is one who wants a move out of the club this summer and a move to Sevilla had looked to be certain until the deal broke down.
Sevilla then came back offering to take the left back on loan. I find this a baffling riposte and doesn’t represent good business to the club nor preference to the player. Dr Tony has stated that he is offended by the way Seville have gone about their business and found them very disrespectful.
Me and SB/SR all are angry with the way they treated player and Villa. No respect! https://t.co/7XiMZ1hoFo
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 11, 2017
Other departures this summer could involve another three player players who spent last season on loan – Pierluigi Gollini, Jordan Veretout, Carles Gil.
Veretout has made it quite clear that he would like a move back to France with St Etienne being the most likely destinations should they stump up Villa’s asking price.
The transfer of Gil looks like it could go through very soon with him being strongly linked with a €4million move to Deportivo.
It is unclear if Atalanta will look to make Gollini’s loan move into a permanent transfer this summer but is has been suggested in certain sections of the media.
A move for Sam Johnstone looks extremely likely after he was left out of the Manchester United squad who headed out for their pre-season tour on Monday. Again, chairman Xia couldn’t help himself but drop a big hint on Twitter.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 10, 2017
The only question here appears to be if it will be a permanent transfer or another loan deal.
Others who have been linked with the club include Glenn Whelan, Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady and Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthur. There has been a little whisper of former Villa favourite Gareth Barry but I think that one is very unlikely.
Micah Richards, Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Tommy Elphick all found first team appearances hard to come by. A couple of them found themselves out on loan while others had to keep the substitutes bench warm.
I’d personally like to see Villa keep the likes of Agbonlahor and McCormack to give options up front next season but their attitude has to be spot on and all early signs from pre-season are that both want to impress.
The squad is set to be the most exciting and adept for several seasons and the season ahead is bringing real promise. We saw last season that having a strong squad means little in the Championship, where teamwork, grit and resilience count for more. Let’s hope that this season is different!