Date: 1st February 2008 at 12:01am
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Well, there you go. The end of the transfer window and Villa are no better off than when they started numbers wise – unless there is a late announcement like we had with Shaun Maloney’s signing!

One in, one out and a profit to the club as Gary Cahill went for more outwards than Wayne Routledge cost inwards.

I must admit I’m shocked. Lying in 5th with money in the bank, I thought January would be a decent month for us. I had expected the right-back we were told in the summer was ‘worth waiting until January for’ would arrive and I genuinely believed we’d bring in a striker.

Villa always baffles though, it seems to be the nature of the club!

I for one understand what Martin O’Neill is saying that most clubs don’t want to sell their best players, especially to the competition, but then Boro have just spent £15million on Alves, Portsmouth might have bought Jermain Defoe (still no confirmation and it is relying on Man City buying Benjani) and Spurs have done some good business buying Hutton for £8million and Jonathan Woodgate for an undisclosed fee. To be frank, even Derby County have spent more money than us.

On the positive side we have five players named in the England squad today and are currently lying in 5th. My feeling and those of many in the forum is that with some investment we could even have pushed for 4th this year (which even a few months ago would have seemed like crazy talk!) but surely with such a small squad and no new arrivals, Villa will now be scrambling for positions and we naturally have the big gamble of little cover if we pick up any injuries or more suspensions.

One thing is for sure, MON is going to do it his way and we are surely still in for an interesting ride?

Maybe Martin O’Neill’s way will prove, by the end of the season, to be genius. After-all how big a squad did we have back in the glory days?

Just a shame that we aren’t in the 1980’s now, this is modern football and for that, you need a decent sized squad.

Opportunity lost? We’ll find out come May 11th.

(Our latest poll asks if we’ve blown our chance)