Date: 8th July 2007 at 12:03pm
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How nice it is to be back in ‘sunny England’ and back at the computer. Oh joy, I really am not missing Portugal and all those lovely beautiful beach bodies (sadly not mine) at all!

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by col8:

How many more players, following the arrival of Nigel Reo-Coker from West Ham, do you think Villa need?

51% voted 5 or more.
21% said we needed 4 or more.

That left 17% saying at least six, 8% just 3 more and 3% 2 more.

With the departures of Gavin McCann, Aaron Hughes and Steven Davis, plus the cropping of the already small squad following Jlloyd Samuel and Lee Hendrie (currently being linked to Middlesbrough) bosman exits, we surely have to get at least 4 or five to just stand still?

Last season Martin O’Neill, much like the season before under David O’Leary, spoke of the problems of having such a small squad, hence the raised eyebrows at the summer activity thus far equalling more exits than arrivals! Hughes and McCann might not have lit the Premiership up or promised great things when (when) we qualify for Europe, but they were 100% players who – especially Hughes – had versatility and added bodies to a threadbare squad. On Davis, I was surprised to read whilst sunning myself last week, that he had been allowed to leave because only the season before last he was being touted as a target for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and was being given extended contracts at Villa to secure his future. Now he has gone to Fulham. Funny old game really! Think about his performance against England wearing a Northern Ireland shirt. Was there a better player on the pitch that day? I hope we’ve not sold a gem. Still, at least Martin O’Neill has denied any talks of loaning Isaiah Osbourne and Gary Cahill as part of a deal to buy WBA player Koumas, that really would have taken the biscuit!

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17 Replies to “How Many More Players Do Villa Need?”

  • I agree with Stig on all counts. This would more or less ensure that we have a strong enough squad to push for Europe this season. Plus keeping everyone on their toes!

  • But where is the 20 goal a season plus inside forward? Gabby may or may not do it, Luke is still relatively an unknown quantity. We need a proven goalscorer – with that player – or even two of them- , forget Europe

  • I think we had enough numbers last season but not enough quality. I think we need four to five more players.

  • Jassi, Luke Young, Wesley Sneider and Jermaine Defoe for definite.
    Maybe SWP and either Drenthe, Taylor or Baines.
    So four minimum and any others a bonus.

  • Back in training, going to USA. Whoever we buy won’t have much time to gell. How will MON meet with potential players & see his team if he’s 1000’s of miles away?

  • At least 5 or 6 and they need to be of a decent quality, eg better than we have let go MCCann replaced by Reo, Davis, Samuel, Hughes,Sutton,Hendrie or Djemba twins,Probably Taylor all need replacing and probably a CB as I can see the bumfluffed one moving on unfortunately

  • Defoe doesnt think Villa are big enough for him.However the astute pundit would be fully aware that Defoe isnt good enough to deliver the goods & is no better than Vassell so think of it as a very lucky escape.Tottenham have been trying to offload him for 2 years……A truly comical finisher with no link up play,no left foot or understanding of the offside rule.The most overhyped player in the history of football…!!Chalky THFC

  • One thing is for sure, it is going to be an interesting month leading up to the closure of the transfer window, could be very exciting, lets hope so, if not….. gulp!

  • I have faith that MON will sign the players needed, otherwise it means we are all smarter than him!

  • I reckon at least 5 players and all of a higher quality than what have left.MON has a vision for his side and we will see HIS team take shape for the new season.So far his buys …Carew,Young,Petrov,Maloney and Reo-Coker, all better footballers that have improved the club.So the new look 11 for will be one of the strongest sides we have seen for many a year..were comin to get ya!

  • I actually think there are enough goals in the team (potentially) as to no worry too much about getting a 20 goal a season striker – although it would be nice. To get one that is affordable then we really must unearth a gem (eg Berbatov). This is the same as playing MOORE (who could be that gem). Lets give the lad a propper go next to Carew or even Nugent (he surely must be worth a punt at 6 mill).

  • Oh, yes – I agree with stig – 6 or 7 (including 4 real quality players and 3 quality squadies) – The way the reo saga went we should complete these signings well within the 5 to 10 year plan that has been given to us by the general.

  • The exciting challenge about the prem now with this increased investment is that many clubs are being put on equal or better footing financially. It would be nice to see the prem see competition come down to tactical genius rather than the biggest bank loan.

  • Goalkeeper to replace/challenge TS. a right full back, a proven striker are absolute musts. Then three, maybe four additional quality players to boost and improve genuine squad depth and strength. Better get busy Martin.

  • At the minute i would say the Villa and Man City have the most under prepared squads for the new season,we need a GK,1 or 2 RB`s and a Midfielder at least,and arguably to really challenge the top 8 next season then a Centre half and CF would be needed so i really think a lot of work needs doing but we seem to be stagnant,if MON has seen a few players in reserve/youth teams who can do a job then fair enough.

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