Overview On Who Could Be The Star , The Flop , The Good Buy Next Term


With Paul Lambert restructuring the current crop, once again he seems to have dipped into a big European pond of unheard of players just waiting to get picked up by bigger teams and showcase their talents. This is what Paul Lambert has done since day one as a manager: even as manager of Norwich he picked up unknown players like Pilkington who soon proved himself in the best league in the world. With so many players through the revolving doors over the past two years, it seems Paul Lambert may finally be happy with what he has available to him. Still there will always be flops, the good and a star so in this article I will give you a rundown on my thoughts regarding the three just mentioned .

Ashley Westwood – He showed absolutely sublime skill and ability and made such a great impression in his debut Premier League season. Every game he impressed me, with the stats backing up what I said since day one which was that he will be an international for England one day and I believe with a stellar second season in a Villa shirt he will be onto that plane to Rio, if England qualify that is… Therefore, I believe he could be a star.

Antonio Luna – Although I rated him in a previous article many people who follow Spanish football have since told me that on the defensive front he is decent but going forward he is not the best With his competitor for left-back (Joe Bennett) it was the exact opposite last season. Although I hope he proves me wrong, Luna will need time to settle into the physical English game so his first season may not set the big clubs chasing after him or lead to a call up to the Spain national side. Therefore, he is my potential flop for this season.

Aleksander Tonev – Tonev was cheap as chips compared to the signings team like Spurs have made in the off-season but Tonev does seem a very naturally gifted player who can use both feet – something our current wingers cannot do. I believe he could have commanded a higher transfer fee than Poznan wanted for him. He has goals in his locker and previous seasons, while he was at Poznan, show Stiliyan Petrov thinks highly of his former Bulgarian counterpart. So I hope he is a good buy because Martin Petrov, another compatriot of Petrov’s, didn’t do tpo well in the Premier League.


  1. Good points especially Westwood he can only get better. My other concern is whether Benteke will be a one season wonder as defenders will know what to expect from him.

  2. Re Tekkers – ask Chris (aka “Rag Doll”) Smalling if he fancies marking Tekkers now he knows what to expect. Or Gary Cahill, who got completely turned around and murdered by Tekkers on his outside. Or the Liverpool back 4 who now know that Tekkers can deliver a world class pass with a back hill whilst running in the opposite direction. The kid has everything and he will not be a one season wonder.

    Westwood and Lowton both had terrific seasons and should be knocking on Roy Hodgson’s door this season. Ditto Delph if he can stay fit and play alongside Westy.

    Okore seems to be the stand out player from the six signed given his displays against Chelski etc.. I am very hopeful that his strength alongside Vlaar, who should be a lot better with a full season behind him, and a settled holding CM’er pair in front, will lead to significant improvements defensively. I think it might be PL to bring an experienced defensive player into his coaching squad as, at the minute, they are all midfielders. Would love Laursen but he was never technically the best – diving in etc. – just the most committed.

    I really hope PL can deliever the same successes as last seasons with his buys – if three turn out to be at the Westy/Lowton/Tekkers level it will look like great value. I also think, subject to getting rid of the bomb squad, we will see a quality ACM come in to link the two sitting CM’ers to Tekkers/Helnius. PL’s interest in Kiyatoke supports this.

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