Hello, my name is Jon and I am a new writer for avillafan.com. I posted on this website once before, a year ago regarding the managerial search, but have had a busy year since. I am now however going to be providing an entry every Monday.
Now, with introductions out of the way, for my first post, I just wanted to share a sense of optimism that I have, that I expect many of you share.
There is no doubt that this summer there will be a plethora of in-comings and out-goings. With our first signing; Aleksander Tonev through the door, there is an exciting sense of unexpectedness that appears to be dominating social networks at the moment. But why is there more ‘unexpectedness’ this year? This I believe to be because in the past 6/7 seasons we have not had too much to concern ourselves with in the early close-season. The summers under Martin O’Neill were spent waiting until the final month and even final week of the transfer window to find out which of the Premier League experienced, overpriced british players we were going to sign. The previous two summers, we have been looking for, and integrating new managers into our club. Now however, we have something slightly different, we now have a new manager who has got through his transitional season and is staying with us, but we haven’t just got any manager, or even just a good one who can get some good results. In Paul Lambert we appear to have a manager that brings an entirely new direction and vision for our club. This summer we have a manager who wants to get his business done early, or at least make a start on it in order to get players in for pre-season. Now, this could very well be because of the clear cut magnitude of the job that needs to be done with the squad this summer, we will have to wait till next summer to find out. But for now, the rumours are coming thick and fast, there are players, managers and even owners of football clubs speaking to the press directly about Aston Villa and in a way that gets us excited rather than nervous. There is a certain sense now inside me (and I am positive it is in most other Villa fans too) that players actively want to come to Aston Villa and when they come to Villa they are happy here. This new vision and direction that has been implemented by Paul Lambert, coupled with the Champions League final for our apparent blue-print; Borussia Dortmund, appears to have created a magnet for exciting young players with something to prove to come and work hard for us. Right now with our fantastic academy, our solid chairman, our top class training facilities, our fantastic stadium, our great fan base, our talented and hard working team and our impressive back room staff from the manager down to community coach, we have a setup which could attract some brilliant young european names. Perhaps we may not have heard of some of them before, but that should never cast doubt in one’s mind. If it does, just think Benteke.
So what kind of players are we looking at this summer? Im not going to pretend to be the first to break it that we are after bargain, young and hungry players who’s value is set to increase, and any villa fan would be able to have a good guess at the 10 players who will be let go. We already have signed a winger and every ITK (in the know) on twitter has been trying to claim first call on players like Okore, Belhanda and Luke Murphy, but will they happen? If last summer is anything to go by, we should have learnt not to believe any account on twitter with “ITK” or “Source” in their name. We also know Lambert likes to throw curve balls out to the press (e.g Defoe last summer). So without having any clue who is coming in aside from what overseas media tell us, and based on the criteria for players and the method for acquiring them that we have now apparently adopted; this certainly leaves a great feeling of unexpectedness, excitement and positivity during football’s usually barren month. Don’t you think?
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