One of the various issues MOMS has identified with Aston Villa’s squad overhaul of this summer was the lack of Premier League proven and ready-to-go purchases, that even if they were stop-gap buys, would help make Villa competitive from the off and help blood in the young European league players that Villa brought in.
Sections of Villa support have claimed that Villa have a better quality squad than last season. As they stand at the moment, I would disagree. On paper, yes, the acquisition of a bunch of £7-9m players sounds good, but the likes of Veretout, Gana, Amavi, Traore and Ayew hadn’t played a second of Premier League football. They offered potential but not proven ability.
Another key transfer was Rudi Gestede earmarked to replace the power of Christian Benteke, but while his heading prowess was very suited to Championship football, does he have the all-round game for the Premier League? Could he really be expected to replace Benteke, the man who had kept Villa up in every season he had been at the club.
Of course, Sherwood had chased Emmanuel Adebayor as a short-term solution, the reason that didn’t complete may come out in the wash now that Sherwood has left.
The view of Villa having a lack of ‘stop-gap’ proven Premier League players being their downfall so far this season is shared by ex-Villa player Steve Froggatt. In an interview with BBCWM, he questions the club’s approach and the set-up that Sherwood had to work within (hear interview below).
Life After Sherwood
When asked as who should replace Sherwood now as Villa boss to try and save them from the drop, Froggatt suggested the experience of David Moyes would be the best bet.
The choice of Moyes, currently at Real Sociedad, has divided Villa supporters. While some, like Froggatt, point to the experience of the ex-Everton boss, others have pointed to a trail of disappointment after he left Everton. First there was his failure at Manchester United, followed by his underwhelming performance in Spain so far, which has had Sociedad fans calling for him to go back to England.
Certainly the key to Aston Villa’s survival now will be who comes in as the new Villa boss, if they can keep the club in touch until January and then will they get the freedom to bring in players that can make a real impact to pick-up the points to save the club.
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