Date: 7th June 2010 at 8:48pm
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astvil123 asks ‘Why so many potential sales?’

Surely now that we have finished 6th for the past 3 seasons we should be looking to bolster what we already have in the squad. However it looks as though a lot of players will be leaving the club this summer; but should all of them really be leaving?

To free up some room on the wage bill we should be looking to ship out the dead wood such as Salifou, Harewood, Beye, Marshall and Heskey. But there are a few players who have been dead certain to move on this summer, but shouldn’t we be looking to keep them?

Nicky Shorey was going to leave us this summer, but now Bouma has left leaving us with just Shorey and Warnock as our left back options. Surely this could mean how important it is to keep Shorey at the Villa. When he played for us he always played well, good at getting forward supporting the winger and has a good cross on him. We would only get £2M-£3M for him. This makes you wonder, why should we sell him?

The same goes for Luke Young, one of the most unfortunate players at Villa this season. Extremely impressive in the right back position when called upon yet kept out of the team by an out of position Carlos Cuellar. Yet he was and still remains our best full back and surely would have played more games if it wasn’t for the success of the clubs defense. I think the majority would rather Luke stay rather than receive £3M for him.

Nigel Reo-Coker and Steve Sidwell. These 2 players are impressive on their day, however I don’t think it is just a coincidence that both players have there better games in a 4-5-1 formation. Surely we will see this formation more next year after all of the success we had using this system with Gabby as the lone striker? (I Hope) Sidwell was impressive and consistent in the midfield alongside Gareth Barry and Stan Petrov. The same can be said for Reo-Coker when he is called upon against the big sides when we beef up the midfield. Surely these 2 players, despite being in the final year of their contracts should not be sold.

We have a squad at present capable of a top 6 finish at least, a squad that was contesting the final Champions League place on the final weekend of the season; why tear apart the squad and rebuild it now?

We should be looking to add to the squad, not sell our current fringe stars who can do a job for us.

And Curtis Davies, unlucky with injuries, but there is no way we should be selling him! If we do then MON should be shot on sight! A future England international. If we sold him then it will be a big Deja Vu! (Gary Cahill) With money from a few sales, Craig Gardner’s sale to Brum, a few of Randy’s millions and the £11.5M from prize money for finishing 6th in the league, surely that is enough cash to add 2 or 3 quality additions to the squad we now have and push on next year. The question is though, should we really be looking to sell Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Shorey, Young and Davies?

I wouldn’t.