The summer transfer window has come to an end, meaning we are stuck with the squad that we have got. Personally, I think it was a great window with the dead wood we got rid of and some of the talents we have brought in.
Admittedly, we could have gotten rid of some more of the deadwood with the likes of Micah Richards and Mark Bunn unlikely to feature for the first team again. Despite this, we have actually made a net profit this summer for the first time in a very long time.
According to Transfermarkt.co.uk, Villa has made £16.05 Million from the players we sold while we spent only £2.25 Million this window which leaves us with a net profit of £13.53 million.
From the players we signed, the standout man is obviously former England and Chelsea captain John Terry. He is arguably the biggest name ever to grace the Championship and he now plays for arguably the biggest club in the Championship. Many people have questioned how much wages Villa are paying him but considering we signed him on a free transfer we can’t complain. I just hope he can live up to the hype as he has struggled so far.
Another signing from this transfer window who has stood out for me is Josh Onomah who is on loan from Tottenham. He plays with freedom in the center of the field and he looks like a very talented young player. With his first goal coming in the Bristol City game, hop, fully Onomah can develop more confidence and grow as the season progresses.
In many Villa fans eyes, the most shocking transfer coming from Villa Park actually came in the form of a sale to another championship club. Nathan Baker had an excellent season last time round but this season he was sold to Bristol City for a fee of around £4 million.
Although I am gutted to lose Baker, I can understand the sale because I can’t see where he would have fitted in with the new defenders we have signed and Baker himself would have wanted first team football.
We have also seen the back of Aly Cissokho, Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout. More players who wanted out or offered us nothing and the club have had a decent return on them.
The only signing I didn’t understand was Robert Snodgrass, not because I don’t rate him as a player but because I genuinely don’t see where he will fit in. We have plenty of options on the right side of the pitch and going by his opening interview, this is where he expects to play.The deal was a loan, however, so if it doesn’t work out then it’s not the end of the world.
The deal was a loan, however, so if it doesn’t work out then it’s not the end of the world.
Overall, I think after being on the cusp of Financial Fairplay, Steve Bruce and the rest of the staff deserve a lot of credit for handling the transfer window in a way in which saw us make money but also saw us sign some great players but now he needs to find the formula to get them playing.
I still can’t quite believe John Terry is a Villa player.