Date: 1st September 2007 at 11:44am
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Thank God that is over. Now down to business!

I am sure that I am not the only person glad that the ongoing emotional rollercoaster of the transfer circus is over. Now we can get down to business.

In reflection nobody can deny high expectations were set, and I don’t believe any of the signings we have made are ‘top players’, ‘stars’ or ‘world class signings’. So from a PR point of view the club would be better advised to set the right expectation. It helps preventing the Christmas morning ‘what the f**k is that’ scenario.I said I wanted a Dukes of Hazard race and chase set. Not a bloody eagle eye action man.I am not saying I don’t like the action man.but it’s not what I asked for and it’s not what I was expecting.

As for the right back scenario..no excuses. This is a huge error. We can cover this up by playing players out of position, but we shouldn’t have to. Luke young was in the offing but was only paper talk. There was talk of Glen Johnson and I do believe we made a bid for him but given his loan season at Pompey, he was always leaning that way. As for Hoyte and Bosingwa, well again just paper talk.

Olly can play right back, he does for his country and when we bought him from Santander he was playing right back. The obvious knock on is the relationship with Laursen. But you don’t pay £9million for a player and not play him. So once Davies is fit that is how I see our backline. Olly, Davies, Laursen, Bouma. Besides it looks like Olly may be gone by Jan, if we are to recoup some money on him and it will be just before the MLS season starts!

Now the GK is a different story. He watched Gordon last season against Kilmarnock. Yet he never made a play until the end after Sunderland had but the leg work in. The price was £9million and Madvlad was never going to reduce the price. Gordon being a lad from his hometown club and what seems, a good lad, bought into the time spent pursuing him by Keane and the Sunderland family club vibe. If O’Neill had wanted him he should have sorted it quick smart!! ( I reckon Carson will come in the end as he is playing first team football and will not be happy on the bench or Boruc in the summer after Tommy goes)

The lesson I can see here is. If you want a player get him. If the club say it is £6mill, pay it. Because as highlighted by O’Neill, the next day it was more, etc.. All in all we don’t know the work that was put in, the conversations that were had or who was in the equation. As with any journey, it always seems longer if you are the passenger and not driving.

What we have got is 8 England U21’s, in the main a squad of young talented ambitious homegrown players. A foundation being built and a team being moulded for the long term future. It’s up to O’Neill to use the tools he has bought himself to the job he is employed to do. I am a big fan of O’Neill, but he only has himself to blame for any shortfalling. He is in the game of getting results and we are in the game of demanding results. All I want is the team to perform.If he has a short-sighted, one legged midget that will score 15-20 goals a season, I will be the first the clap ‘stumpy magoo’. As long as he performs and helps us get results.

I will give 100% at every footie game, and I will gauge this by leaving the ground hoarse from shouting and supporting the lads.

So..the time for talk is over and for actions to speak!!

Up the Villa

 

9 Replies to “Thank God That It’s Over”

  • I think that the ‘world class signings’ bit was a PR mistake by the club, but realistically I don’t think at this stage we could expect anything much better than what we got. If you want players that can play in a top 4 team you simply have to offer them european football and at the moment we can’t. Getting young players with an eye to the future is definitly the way forward at this. The spine of the team has been significantly improved and I am personally very optimistic about this season.

  • I am ever the optomist, and I believe we will have a good season.Should we get injuries,suspensions or generally fall short, MON will have to hold his hands up.What we have paid top wack for are young talented footballers.Rio Ferdinand was 21 when DOL paid 18mill at Leeds for him, and everyone scoffed, yet Ferguson bought him for 30 mill 3 yrs later.Now he is 28.So in Davis we could have a top centre half at the stage where our current ones are hitting their 30’s.In Reo-Coker we have a driven vocal midfielder and at 23 is at the similar age when Ferguson bought Roy Keane from Forest when he was 22 in 1993.A good backbone and nucleus is being built.I just wish he had not dithered for weeks and months!!We are in good shape and fingers crossed no major injuries can progress this year.
    It’s upto us to get to a strong position before January, not only to set up a good second half of the season, but to be in the “better than the rest” position for players in Jan who want to impress for the Euro’s.Like Defoe, etc..UTV

  • Sorenson, Maccan, Ridgewell. Carson, NRC & Davies mmmmmm. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, lets hope we give it a real go.

  • A four month respite before the madness begins all over again. Until then, we go with what we’ve got, and what we’ve currently got is an impressive array of talent, the envy of at least 75% of our competitors. We’re getting there, slowly but surely we’re getting there.

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