This is my debut for Avillafan.com and I am excited to be writing on a Sunday alongside Jon Startin for Villa fans. Just a quick introduction: my name is Alex Blakemore and I am 18 years old. I have been a season ticket holder at the Villa for seven years and I sit in the upper Trinity Road. I have seen the progression of the Villa over the last few years and I have to admit I am pleased to finally see some stability after a lot of turmoil due to the departure of Martin O’Neill.
Enough about me, let’s get on to what is important – the mighty claret and blue army. As I am sure you are all aware, transfer deadline day is tomorrow (Monday 2nd September 2013) and it’s always an exciting day for football fans across the globe.
This year Paul Lambert has decided to get his business out of the way nice and early, which, in a way, is a lot less stressful and gives the team time to gel in pre-season. From the first three games, I think we have seen that we are a tight-knit group this year and this has affected the way we have started the season. We had a strong start with a win at Arsenal and a fantastic performance at Chelsea, only to be cheated by another poor refereeing display. We also played well against Liverpool, which was a close game, and again we were unfortunate to lose.
The players Lambert has brought in during the early stages of the transfer window were relatively unheard and the new additions were not big names. Many football fans would say that this was a problem. However, it is clear from the way that Villa have started that Lambert is trying to build a young squad of players who show potential and will get better through experience – and it’s working!
We have also managed to keep hold of our key players such as Christian Benteke who handed in a transfer request only to have his mind changed by Paul Lambert. Andreas Weimann and Matthew Lowton were also rumoured to be moving away this summer. The players Lambert has let go, such as Darren Bent and Brett Holman, were players we could afford to let go without leaving our squad lacking quality.
Looking towards Monday’s deadline, it could be argued that Villa need to buy a couple more players before the transfer window closes. Equally, we could also do with selling a couple more. Stephen Ireland and Shay Given are players who could depart. They are both on large salaries and are unlikely to play this season. Therefore, getting them off the wage budget would be a massive bonus for Villa. I also have to mention Alan Hutton who, unfortunately, is a waste of space and is a player Villa could do without.
We have been linked with Tom Ince from Blackpool who, in my opinion, would be a great signing as he fits Lambert’s bill: he is young and would get better with experience in the Premier league. This is an exciting prospect for Villa in the final days of the summer transfer window and one we can get excited about during the next day or so.
Villa is full of young talent, players who are growing in confidence and experience. Nevertheless, I still worry that we are lacking some experience in the middle of the park and this could be an issue for us this season. Lambert is set on having young players and building the team this way but having a player like Gareth Barry in the middle who can knock the ball around would be a brilliant addition to the side. He is unhappy at Manchester City and he would get a lot more football if he came back to Villa. Would he be welcomed back by the fans? He would certainly be welcomed back by me and I would love to see him back at Villa to add a bit of much needed maturity to the Villa squad.
So, as you can all see, although Lambert purchased early, there is still potential for transfer deadline day to be exciting for Villa fans, with departures likely and arrivals a possibility.
On Monday, stay tuned to the internet and Sky Sports News. Grab a drink and make yourselves comfy because it’s going to be an exciting day!