Date: 9th August 2019 at 6:30am
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Despite spending over £130m in a hectic transfer window, with 12 coming in to replace a similar number heading out of the door marked ‘Do One’, and the tying down of ‘Super’ John McGinn to a new long-term deal, Villa were notably quiet on Deadline Day yesterday.

Many fans had been holding out hope for another striker to complement Wesley Moræs, with Villa looking light in the striker department, on paper at least. Only Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis remain at the club alongside Wesley, with Scott Hogan and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy having been sent out on season-long loans.

But Dean Smith confirmed at his Spurs presser yesterday that there would be no new faces, and that he was happy with his options ahead of an important first Premier League season in three years.

Reaction on social media was mixed, to say the least, with many fans feeling we have left ourselves light up front and expressing disappointment that some of the names linked failed to materialise.

There are those who are happy with the transfer window and the options we’ve been left with for the season ahead:

So there you have it. Social media has spoken and do I detect one or two signs of mass hysteria before a ball has been kicked? It is a worry in some ways that we only have three out-and-out strikers to call on, none of whom have Premier League experience as Cian rightly points out in his tweet above.

But we have goals in all areas of the side and the club have done nothing so far to suggest we should question their judgement. I think we are overdue some sustained success in the transfer market, so let’s hope Wesley, Trezeguet and Jota can shine, and Jimmy Danger can recapture the form he had when he first arrived, prior to his torrid time with injuries.

Crash hats on, I have a feeling that we’re in for a rollercoaster.


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2 Replies to ““Really hope Wes hits the ground running – we’re in trouble if not!” Fans react to Villa’s Deadline Day”

  • Looking at Wesley and the decisions Smith has made in the attacking department over the summer it looks to me that we will be playing one up top who’s main role will be to get hold of the ball and bring others into play rather than scoring a bunch a la Kevin Davies at Bolton all those years ago. In that light both Kodja and Davies are able deputies and the success or otherwise will depend upon the various attacking options from wide (trezeguet, el ghazi etc) and central midfield (Jota, Grealish, Mcginn, hourihane). Assuming that either Luis or nakamba will anchor that should give 3 / 4 players licence to get forward to support the big fella with the full backs providing extra width. If it works it could be a masterstroke, removing the reliance on a single forward to score goals.

    • Yup, that’s how I see it but if Wesley hits the ground running I can still see him getting into double figures as well.

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