Date: 4th June 2019 at 6:30am
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With all Aston Villa fans weighing up the various endless transfer rumour mill speculation as we look to a Premier League return in 2019/20, we all have our favourite arrivals and we still have some favoured departures as head coach Dean Smith continues to reshape the group for survival and then kicking on.

The Squad For Next Season forum thread on Vital Villa certainly sparked some thoughts and a few tangents, but it seems a few are largely in agreement witht the below.

Writer: DeanoVilla

A lot of talk in the transfer thread surrounding the size of the squad, the quality of the squad and how many signings are needed, so thought I’d start this thread to open up a bit of debate.

For me, we currently have a squad of 21 players…based on some massive assumptions such as we WILL sign Tyrone Mings, Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause on permanent deals.

We WILL sell or release Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola, Gary Gardner (swap for Jota), Scott Hogan, Barney plus one of the four keepers.

So that leaves us with:

2 of Nyland, Kalanic, Sarkic


El Ghazi


Given that, I think we need another 5/6 players to give us a 22/23 man senior squad plus 4 kids such as JDH, O’Hare, RHM and Davis.

The main focus has to be in attack as those four there do not look anywhere near Premier League ready.

Also a defensive midfielder is obviously a must, plus a left back and possibly a right back. Finally a right winger is needed following the release of Albert Adomah and the fact Andre Green is miles off.

What’s everyone else’s view? Agree? Disagree?

Would you rip it up even more or hold on to some of the players I’ve got rid of in my head?

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2 Replies to “The Aston Villa Squad For Next Season – Let The Debate Begin”

  • Extremely tough one isn’t it….my stab at this:

    GK: Etheridge – 12m or stick with Steer/Kalinic, depending on availability/priority of spending
    RB: Elmo and Guilbert to battle it out – Tavernier link makes sense if the Villa hierarchy though Guilbert was championship quality or ‘one for the future’. Is Elmo good enough defensively for PL?
    CB: Mings – 15m (+ Hause – say 6m? as cover)
    CB: Cahill – Free (+ Chester as cover)
    LB: Taylor – then for cover try Leighton Baines (6m?) as he’s unlikely to shift Digne from Everton’s starting 11. I think we look weak here.
    CM: Grealish (O’Hare or Doyle-Hayes as cover)
    CM: McGinn
    CM: Hourihane/Lansbury/Iceman (preferably sign a quality CDM – Philips or other tbd)
    RW: Bowen – say 15m? with Green as cover
    LW: El Ghazi, with Jota as cover? That looks very light to be honest.
    ST: Maupay – say 20m or Tammy 25m. Both if greedy! Not sure any of our cover is up to Premier standards, including Kodja.

    That involves spending $48m plus whatever we can spend on striker(s) – so say $93m total if being greedy. Without Etheridge and Tammy more like $56m.

    Can’t see us getting much more than 15-20m total from any player sales (could we even afford to sell Lansbury, Iceman, Davis or Kodja given how thin the squad is already?)

    We are looking at a big net spend whichever way you look at it, and I think would still leave us pretty weak in a few areas, but hopefully enough to stay up?

    So, for me, it shows that we are going to have to expect a few more ‘Jota’ signings to fill out the squad. Hopefully we find another 1 or 2 McGinns in the process! Given prices in EPL, makes sense that we appear to be looking to Scotland and overseas markets.

    Good luck Purslow and Deano! Busy weeks ahead…..

  • For me, we don’t need another goalkeeper. Steer and Kalinic are fine, and I actually think Nyland is better than he has seemed up to now. Let’s not forget the shambles of a ‘defence’ he was stuck behind! We need central defensive players and another left-back. Midfield is actually adequate for me, but up front… nah. Hogan is finished at Villa, Abraham is unlikely to return and Kodjia and Davis are simply not Premier League standard. Up front is where our transfer budget will mostly go.

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