Date: 13th October 2018 at 5:00pm
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With the appointment on Wednesday evening of Head Coach Dean Smith, alongside Assistant John Terry and Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch, I can’t be the only one wondering about potential moves in the January window.

Undoubtedly we need to sell some players to ease our burdens and obligations under Financial Fair Play as those issues may not ultimately be as bad as some areas of the media have made out as they throw around invented best guess figures and include the words ‘fine’ and ‘points deductions’ leading to fans to read into what they didn’t actually claim – because they don’t know enough to claim it.

But we also absolutely need to help rebalance the squad given our illogical August window that left us with one natural centre-half on our books and loanee Axel Tuanzebe, who rarely played there because of Mile Jedinak.

Previous years have seen us overload in numerous positions as well, so there’s plenty to be done.

But Brentford is now an easy shout for ideas.

Daniel Bentley – goalkeeper.
Chris Mepham – centre-half.
Ezri Konsa – centre-half.
Ollie Watkins – striker.

That’s four from me.

I know others will say Neal Maupay, namely because I saw this.

I disagree, Hogan’s record is better in roughly similar games and we need to get our money’s worth from the 26-year-old. Watkins has a better record for me as well based on levels played at. The others should speak for themselves.

I know folks will have opinions, so over to you.


9 Replies to “January Is A Long Way Off For Villa – But I Can’t Be The Only One Wondering About Brentford”

  • As a Brentford fan, I can only laugh at this post, Villa seem to think they can buy themselves to the top of the league, next season without the parachute payments they will have to look more into Dean Smiths philosophy of making the most of the squad they already have and more about teamwork rather than a few primadonna’s from other clubs rescuing them. The secret is being part of a team rather than individuals.

    • Totally agree Matthew. I’m a villa fan, and am sick of buying other teams supposedly best players, and then not having a playing system that works for them. Hogan for example, and there are many more. We have some decent players, that just aren’t being utilised to the best of their abilities. I’d rather DS took two or three seasons to build a team that is sustainable for the future. Much like your team is now. There’s a vision at your club, that’s stuck to despite the comings and goings. It’s a well run club, it’d make a great story if you could make the premiership.

    • A discussion point makes you laugh, fairy muff. They are four players that Smith played a significant role in helping to develop as well you know, and he wouldn’t be the only manager to return for a few former players when trying to change an ethos at a new club would he? I’d hardly call the four listed primadonnas either given the work rate and general professionalism they seem to conduct themselves with – at least from my view from a far. I didn’t think I needed to add there’s not a cat in hell’s chance of us getting all four as Villa fans are more than aware of our financial state but hey ho.

  • Smith will look to build team spirit and a great working ethic and atmosphere, like he managed at Brentford. He’ll probably decide there are too many in the first team squad and look to sell or loan those he doesn’t think will be needed so the remainder think they can get in the team.
    He’ll use flair within the players already there , probably 2 wingers in a 433, use Grealish as a no10, and play out from the back. High balls into the box will become a rarity. You will see frustratingly patient build ups when your players take an age to work into a good shooting position before attempting to score, but you’ll also see a lot of good football, short passing and quick feet. You’ll grow to love it but find it frustrating initially.

  • If Brentford are in the top six in January you have zero chance of getting anyone. Phil Giles said as much at the fans forum the other day.

    If we have slid dow to mid table or worse then I wouldn’t be surprised if we could be tempted by a sizeable bid for Watkins, or a move for Bentley (although Bentley has been on the bench for the last two games after Smith dropped him).

    I think, with respect, that Konsa and Mepham are beyond you at the moment. Mepham will go to the Premiership either in January or in the summer for £15m+. Konsa is only six months into his contract but I’m sure he is already being monitored by Prem teams. Obviously it is improbably that we would sell both.

    More likely targets for you guys would be Romaine Sawyers and Rico Henry, the two players with the strongest connection to Smith. He loves Rico, and he is a massive talent, but he has hardly played for two years and is currently injured. It is also far from the optimum time to think about selling him; I think the Brentford hierarchy would prefer to hold on and let him rebuild his value. Sawyers will have a year left at the end of the season but, frankly, I think Grealish is a better player, and McGinn and Hourihane at least his equals.

    • I’d caught Giles’ words when he was asked. Makes perfect sense, but even then I might want them as my picks, but I certainly don’t believe we’d get them all at least – people are underplaying our FFP situation and given how well you negotiated Hogan, there’s no chance we’re signing four players from you Jbee lol

      Appreciate your thoughts though mate, thanks. I know he took Sawyers with him from Walsall, wasn’t aware of Henry but if he’s been injured probably explains that.

      Thanks as well Barry, good insight – it’s going to be difficult given our lack of balance but it can’t be any more frustrating than the football we’ve suffered so far.

      Good luck for the season lads!

  • This post is clearly nonsense. Brentford are a team on the up and these players know where they are best off! Dean will need to completely re organise Villa and as a previous correspondent said, it will take a number of years. With the size of the bloated Villa squad with some aging, very ordinary players on big money, they will take a lot of shifting to get rid of them to free up resources for new incoming players. One final thing, Dean Smith, as good as he was did not sign Watkins, Maupey , Dalsgaaard etc one final thing, to put the record straight, Brentford have a transfer system that a number of people feed into and it is this “committe” after extensive research that recommends the signing of players to our ownerDean Smith was part of the process but did not have the final say

    • Brighton, no need to tag your own post as nonsense, we welcome all thoughts.

      Jota didn’t believe in a team on the up – like it or not, money talks in football.

      Some don’t understand Brentford’s setup though, and moneyball isn’t quite the right way of describing Benham’s approach to running the club but I can’t think of a more suitable phrase. As you say, Smith had a say, and no doubt made his own recommendations as well, but from what I know Giles and Ankergren? Ankersen? – your two technical directors have the final say on things as they control the budgets.

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