Date: 2nd January 2019 at 3:01pm
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I have many problems with modern £ootball, one of them being the loan system and another the Financial Fair Play Rules.

Put them both together and we have a potential January transfer window nightmare.

Reports are suggesting that Tammy Abraham is the subject of an £18million bid from Wolves. I think The Sun kicked off the rumour, now many are covering it.

Now if not for the FFP, we could compete with all comers if anyone did want to buy him – albeit I recognise the player might choose the Premiership over and above this grand club we call Aston Villa. But with the restrictions, we have no chance.

The Telegraph reporter Matt Law gives us hope in his recent tweet:

However, whether Chelsea do, or do not recall him to sell, the point remains. Loan signings, unless we loan with an option to buy, is short-termism and the club must move away from it. With the new owners, CEO and manager, I have no doubt they will do just that. Dean Smith cannot build anything here if we have to rely on loans. Personally, I’d not allow the loan system to work like this, I’d change the rules so that there needs to be at least one division space between a club loaning and the loanee club. (Prem can only go to League One etc)

The Tammy Abraham Forum Thread: Click Here…

If he goes, he goes, it is the risk you take when doing loan signings. He owes us nothing. Fans often call for loyalty, but we don’t show that much to many of the players who play in our teams. Money talks, if Chelsea want to cash in, they are within their rights. Personally, I think they are mad not using him themselves. He’s scored 16 goals for us, a fairly average team who don’t really excel in supply. Imagine him with world-class quality around him?

The system is bust and if we don’t move away from relying on loans, we’ll never get anywhere. Dean Smith has to be given the right backing and I do think with our new regime, he will be given just that, but only in line with what they can, FFP rules wise. If not, well, there will never be solid foundations at Aston Villa.

This isn’t a criticism of Villa using the loan system, we’ve had to because so many others do. It is a criticism of the system!

I do so love Villa.

I do so hate modern £ootball, it’s a busted flush to me.

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9 Replies to “The Fear Blog: Loan Signings = Building On Sand. Aston Villa Have To Move Away From Short Termism”

  • Abraham is a goal machine but his hold up play still needs a lot of work before Chelsea will take him seriously, in my opinion. We’d do well to match Wolves’ offer on condition of getting promoted at the end of the season, assuming Chelsea really don’t want him back?? UTV

  • o right we need to buy to progress and we need to be brave too. Give fringe players like Hogan and some of our youngsters more of a chance Do we know just how much we can spend in this window and just why does this silly rule persist when top teams like City and united can spend what they want? unless things change my beloved Aston Villa will remain alsorans.

    • the rules need to be changed, think even the people that wrote them are realising that (one is our CEO now!)

  • Its part of the modern game and all clubs in this division are using the system and have been for a number of years. So long as you dont build half your team using it there shouldn’t be a huge problem. If we get promoted then we are in a position to attract that player permanently (i.e. Mitrovic with Fulham last season or Wolves with a few of theirs). We cant really be splashing the sort of cash to attract that quality so we need to use it to our advantage.
    I dont agree with loaning payers to teams in the same division, but dont see any competitive issue with it being a tier below.

    • yes, my issue is with they system garygaryshaw, as it is allowed and others do it, we also have to do it. I find modern £ootball distasteful !

  • The loan system is broken, we keep getting in young players from other bigger clubs and developing them at the expense of our own, who have to play under 23 or get loaned out. Why did we loan out Steer to loan in another goalkeeper? Why loan out Tommy to loan in loads of midfielders on massive wages and not fit for most of the first half of season. The loaned in players have no loyalty other than to themselves and trying to get noticed back home. We need to sign a few players Left back x2, Centre back or 2, an extra Right back to partner Bree and look at wingers and attackers in the under 23s. Under 23 and development players moving up should be a priority going forward. Why are we missing Jack, obvious he is the only villa boy out there when the chips are down, we need more of our own coming trough and that passion on the pitch.

  • The loan system needs to be more stable, no loaning to a team in the same division and all loans are until the end of the season. We can’t recall Steer and Elphick then moan about the possibility of Tammy going back. As for FFP, it is a great and necessary thing but needs more control. No-one wants to see their club do a Portsmouth just because they employ a Harry who doesn’t give two hoots about the club, god knows we came close enough under O’Neill

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