Maybe this is more wishful thinking, but could this be the year where Aston Villa make a ‘statement’ signing to show the football world that we’re deadly serious about our ambition?
For us ‘older’ folks, we will remember the signings of Dean Saunders. and maybe even Stan Collymore. as the last of those ‘statement’ types in more recent decades. You could even argue that the signing of Steve McMahon in the early 1980s was a similar type of move, although he was coming into a team that had already won it all.
But at the given times, those players were considered at their peak and the very best that money could buy.
Vital Villa’s 2021 Transfer Rumour Forum Thread
I remember when Citeh bought Robinho, even though he was largely a flop, it underscored their spending power and ambition as he was viewed as the next big thing coming out of Brazil.
Given the path we’ve taken since NSWE have come in, it’s probably unlikely, but it would send a clear and strong message that Aston Villa is not content to be making up the numbers in this league, and we are prepared to push the boat out to achieve our aims.
Do We Need A Statement Signing?
Keep Jack, That'll Do It
Obviously, gm’s post started some discussion about whether or not such signings were statements given other clubs arguably had the best out of them before we brought them in, so if NSWE did go this route now it would be nice to get them first – however, the wider point is wouldn’t us keeping Jack Grealish again be equally as effective at sending that wider message?
It would for me.