Date: 23rd August 2012 at 1:20pm
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Ok, so people are getting worried about the lack of transfers for Villa.

I thought I`d look how many other clubs have done good / more business. Not many really, or not any?

There is the list of moves as below. There are some who frankly, as much as I love Villa, we couldn`t get. But who have we REALLY missed out on? I`m not bothered about Sunderland paying twice as much (?) as he is worth for Fletcher for instance, are you?

I`m worried our squad isn`t strong enough, so don`t get me wrong, I`d love to see a striker, two defenders and a midfielder added, I`d love each to be bums on seats players (well, ok, not the defenders) but I can`t see it myself and think there is a new dawn coming, players fees will slowly come down as even the biggest clubs (apart from maybe Man City, although even they aren`t spending like they have) realise they can`t afford this to continue.

Fair enough our poll shows that Villa fans are worried. Seems ‘right manager, not a strong enough squad` is now the call and some are still looking for a marquee signing. We might get one, but I doubt this summer. If we are struggling come January there might be movement, next summer even more, we are – AGAIN – in transition and patience (which is wearing thin for most of us I know) is going to be needed as Paul Lambert settles in, settles us down and gets us playing as he wants to.

The poll showed the worries:

Is Our Squad Strong Enough For The Season?
Poll Date: 14 Aug 2012
Suggested By: JP Fear

Still light 66%
Nowhere near strong enough 28%

Just about with luck on injuries 5%

Yes 1%

Unsure 0%

Just 1% think the squad is good enough. Strong results!

The transfers of note, I might have missed one or two, I`ve included the unrealistic but not done many of the lower league. Not sure much good business has been done anywhere, we`ve spent £8million ish? If we could get a couple more at least and maybe offload a few of the ones like Warnock, Dunne and Hutton, maybe it won`t have been too bad a window. But obviously, it has been a while since a really exciting entrance was done and surely the bums on seat player/s is where we now hang our hopes?

So far (23/08/2012)

Emmanuel Adebayor [Man City – Tottenham] £5m

Sebastien Bassong [Tottenham – Norwich] Undisclosed

Harry Bunn [Manchester City – Crewe] Loan

Alexander Buttner [Vitesse Arnhem – Manchester United] Undisclosed

Josh McEachran [Chelsea – Middlesbrough] Loan

Rodri [Barcelona B – Sheffield Wednesday] Loan

Conor Sammon [Wigan – Derby] Undisclosed

Alex Song [Arsenal – Barcelona] Undiscloses

Stuart Taylor [Manchester City – Reading] Free

Kevin Mirallas [Olympiakos – Everton] £6m

Jose Bosingwa [Unattached – QPR]

Robin van Persie [Arsenal – Manchester United] Undisclosed

Vurnon Anita [Ajax – Newcastle] Undisclosed

Louis Saha [Unattached – Sunderland]

Arouna Kone [Levante – Wigan] Undisclosed

Simon Cox [West Brom – Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed

Ryo Miyaichi [Arsenal – Wigan] Loan

Jack Rodwell [Everton – Manchester City] £12m

Joe Allen [Swansea – Liverpool] Undisclosed

Craig Bellamy [Liverpool – Cardiff] Free

Colin Kazim-Richards [Galatasaray – Blackburn] Loan

Michael Kightly [Wolves – Stoke] Undisclosed

Santi Cazorla [Malaga – Arsenal] Undisclosed

Joseph Yobo [Everton – Fenerbahce] Undisclosed

Benik Afobe [Arsenal – Bolton] Loan

Alberto Aquilani [Liverpool – Fiorentina] Undisclosed

Dickson Etuhu [Fulham – Blackburn] Undisclosed

Heidar Helguson [QPR – Cardiff] Undisclosed

Ivan Ramis [Real Mallorca – Wigan] Undisclosed

Curtis Good [Melbourne Heart – Newcastle United] Undisclosed

Steven Pienaar [Tottenham – Everton] £4.5m

Manuel Almunia [Arsenal – Watford] Free

Junior Hoilett [Blackburn – QPR] To be determined

Michael Turner [Sunderland – Norwich] Undisclosed

Tim Cahill [Everton – New York Red Bulls] Undisclosed

Oscar [Internacional – Chelsea] Undisclosed

Massimo Luongo [Tottenham Hotspur – Ipswich Town] Loan

Omar Elabdellaoui [Manchester City – Feyenoord] Loan

Hugo Rodallega [Wigan – Fulham] Free

Jan Vertonghen [Ajax – Tottenham] Undisclosed

Jose Manuel Flores [Genoa – Swansea] £2m

Park Ji-sung [Manchester United – QPR] £2m

Denilson [Arsenal – Sao Paulo] Loan

Salomon Kalou [Chelsea – Lille] Free

Jonathan Woodgate [Stoke – Middlesbrough] Free

Pavel Pogrebnyak [Unattached – Reading]

Steven Naismith [Rangers – Everton] Free

Gylfi Sigurdsson [Hoffenheim – Tottenham] Undisclosed

Paul Pogba [Manchester United – Juventus] Free

Leon Best [Newcastle – Blackburn] £3m

Danny Blanchett [Burton – York] Free

Fabio Da Silva [Manchester United – QPR] Loan

The full list so far…