With nine long days until the start of the new Barclays Premier League Season, I look at our chances of building on last season’s somewhat solid end to the 2012/13 season.

Paul Lambert once again made many astute signings this summer, bringing in the likes of Helenius and Okore and many others to surely build on the mould of last season. Towards the back-end of last season the determination from the team showed and the overall commitment of every player on the pitch was also evident, showing Lambert was right to cast aside anyone with the wrong attitude.

There are many reasons to be optimistic as we head into the new season with Lambert finally putting his full stamp on the Villa line-up. So far, pre-season games have seen a higher tempo of play which led to the fantastic Jack Grealish goal in the game against Walsall with quick, fluid interchanging key to the goal. The team’s spirit seems even better than last season which will be important with so many young players in the squad. Clean sheets were few and far between last season but, if we want to build on what we witnessed last time out, we need to have more shut outs to progress even though Paul Lambert’s attitude has always been “If they score 5 we score 6” . Christian Benteke holds the key to Villa’s season: if he can score 20 plus goals and is helped on the scoring front by the rest of the cavalry, I cannot see a reason why we cannot push for a top half finish and enjoy a good cup run in either the League or FA cup.

Although the team’s average age is young, the majority of the team now have a year’s experience under their belts so they should be able to cope much better with the renowned high tempo of the Premier League. Paul Lambert can build an excellent team with the players he now has at his disposal and I firmly believe the club has turned the corner and is on course for a much more stable future under the Lambert reign, with Villa possibly challenging for European football once again in the future when some players hit peak age for performance. The mould is fantastic at Villa and with the inspiration and experience of Stiliyan Petrov in the coaching staff the stability can only help the squad on the route to a top half finish this season. If injuries do not hinder our progress, the season could be a bright one and, finally, live up to Randy Lerner’s first motto of “Proud History Bright Future”. The corner has truly been turned in my eyes and any Villa fan with any negative opinions ahead of the new season does not deserve to be watching such a exciting project unfold at Villa Park. UTV!

5 COMMENTS

  1. First 3 games may say otherwise. Arse, Chelski and Poo could knock the wind out of our pre-season sails. Conversely, decent results ( 3 points in the shape of 3 draws or a win a 2 close defeats) could set us up nicely.
    We will know a lot about the team/squad at that point I would suggest.

  2. Bayern Munich currently have a surfeit of midfielders. Despite playing on many different fronts I’m not sure that Pep will be able to keep them all happy and give all of them enough game time. Rumor has it that Tony Kroos may be down towards the bottom of the pecking order. This is a 23yr old German International central attacking midfielder – is this not EXACTLY what we would be looking for? Lambert has said we could make a move if the ‘right’ player becomes available. I think this is him. Seems a perfect fit to me. Given his situation at Bayern he would probably be cheaper than 10mn as well, maybe 8mn. I think this would be worth investigating.

    • I agree he is fantastic but, it all boils down to his wage demands and if Kroos wants to be playing in Europe

  3. To jason. toni kroos would not move to Aston villa are you mad I am a villa fan and im obviously more realistic than you Toni kroos is a player with a profile much to high for villa, id love to see him here but it will never happen. Paul Lambet would get in trouble with his wife for the things he would have to do to convice toni to join villa.

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