While the 2018 World Cup has reached its knock out stages, those who are not participating will begin to return to pre-season training and transfer rumours will go into overdrive.
Steve Bruce and his players will return to training this coming Wednesday with the start of their pre-season friendlies kicking off just 10 days later.
The problem for the manager and frustrations from the fans is knowing where we stand in the transfer market. The window will close on August 9th this season, three days after we play our opening game of the season against Hull City so business needs to be done and fast.
The loan market will stay open until August 30th so it does allow some clubs a little bit of freedom in the transfer market once the full window closes and this looks like the most likely way forward for Villa.
There are many rumours doing the rounds at present with some suggesting the club will be sold while others suggesting that Dr Tony Xia will do everything in his power to keep hold of the club. I personally hope he sells and moves on quickly but that is for another day and another article.
Villa currently has a squad of around 30 so will need to offload some. In an ideal world, we could arrange a transfer for big earners who have made a very little impact like Ross McCormack and Micah Richards.
In the realistic world, we are most likely see us lose players such as Jack Grealish. He will demand a high transfer fee which would help Villa with their FFP problems02 and other financial issues.
Either way we need to get any transfer business sorted quickly so we can try and regain that ‘all in it together’ attitude that the players seemed to have last season. Regardless of what is going off the pitch, the players need to be fully focussed and ready.
If players are to leave then they need to leave quickly. We can’t have uncertainty in and around the squad. Fans will once again get the bug once the World Cup finishes as we sell out up and down the country on away days.
It is time for someone at Aston Villa Football Club to stand up and demand that we start running things properly and like a football club again. Despite our reported summer problems we still have a squad capable of competing in the Championship. The manager will need to look at where he went wrong and be more positive and hopefully, that will show on the pitch.
If we can’t do any business in the transfer window then it needs to made clear so we can get on with things and focus on the 2018-19 season.