Date: 30th August 2018 at 8:00am
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With loan transfer window closing this coming Friday, Aston Villa are hugely involved in the last dregs of the rumour mill and centre-half remains a hot topic for debate.

Villa have been linked with a move for 20-year-old Le Harve defender Harold Moukoudi.

It’s claimed we have made a 9million Euro offer for the player and he’d join us on loan with the permanent deal coming into play next January and he is in his final 12 months of his contract with the French club.

The Birmingham Mail deal with loose speculation linking us with a deal for Gary Cahill and whilst it would be nice to square that circle, I can’t see the 32-year-old dropping into the Championship yet.

As the Mail report, manager Maurizio Sarri speaks about fitness levels, so it doesn’t sound like he’s not in his plans really. But maybe a short loan spell is the thought – assuming there’s any truth to this speculation.

With Tommy Elphick again slowly turning into a forgotten man at Villa Park with Mile Jedinak preferred in defence, the Mail also cover his future.

It’s going to be a busy few days on a speculation front is my guess, and most of them will be completely baseless.


8 Replies to “Is This Man The Answer To Aston Villa’s Defensive Problems – A Defensive Round Up”

    • Quite an ironic gesture to suggest that Steve Bruce is stuck in the past, by linking to a news article 7 years old.

      • It’s all he can do, I think he’s on commission – takes him longer to post than it does me delete.

        Don’t feed the troll folks, your posts will end up going as per the system.

    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzz – such a failure he went on to win promotion to the Premier League twice and took Hull to their first ever FA Cup final after that was published.

  • Back on track with the actual article. I doubt anyone on here has ever seen Moukoudi play so its difficult to know if he’ll fit in – with it being a loan to buy it should placate the fans who don’t like loan signings. He was linked to a few Premier League clubs in the Summer and almost moved to Fulham before the transfer collapsed late in the day, so he seems highly rated. I don’t think Elphick is good enough personally, he makes too many mistakes. Cahill would be great, but I just can’t see any truth in it.

  • The point about the article is that it is the same criticisms of SB that are apparent today. Tactical awareness and his inability to modify a game plan to respond to a change from the opponents are the obvious ones for all to see.
    I don’t think than many ( including SB himself ) would disagree with the fact that he is ‘ old school ‘, the only real question is if we will get promoted this season with him or not. In my opinion, the only way that SB can keep his job is to keep us close to the automatic promotion places. The new owners will remove him if that is not the case.

    • He made the point in his first post, repeat it on every article = spam.

      And tell me what manager isn’t criticised for exactly the same thing, it proves nothing in reality other than all manager’s have traits.

    • The article states he is an old school manager, behind the times and finished with the influx of young, hungry foreign managers coming in to our game. As I pointed out above he wasn’t really finished, despite it not working out at Sunderland who have been a complete basket case of a club for years now. As Mike says, there’s a couple of people posting it on all the articles as they appear to have an agenda and can’t accept a different opinion on the man. This piece had nothing to do with Bruce

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