Looking at the Aston Villa shirt numbers can be a bit like trying to tell the future from reading the tea leaves at the bottom of a tea cup. In days of old, numbers 1 to 11 would have indicated the Villa first 11, but since players now like to get fancy with their numbers, the honour of having a number in the first 11 has lessen. Still, Brad Guzan, now officially Villa’s No.1 and Weimann, who’s Villa’s new No.10, will both see it as a promotion.
In a traditional 1 to 11 the Villa first team would read something like this:
Baker 2) Vlaar (4) Okore (5) Bennett (3)
Bacuna (7) El Ahmadi (8)
Weimann (10) Helenius (9) Agbonlahor (11)
The Unexpected New Aston Villa No.9
What? No Christian Benteke at No.9? The Belgian stays number 20, apparently by request, instead of taking up the challenge of the Villa No. 9 shirt. This could be down to several reasons:
a) So he doesn’t have to change his twitter address which has ’20’ in it; bad forward planning there Mr Benteke
b) So he can remember how many league goals he needs to score, so Villa supporters forgive him for his transfer request.
c) He’s bottled it!
New signing Nicklas Helenius instead will get the honour of the No.9 shirt. No pressure.
Matthew Lowton also keeps his No.34 shirt from last season, instead of opting for the No.2 shirt. Who knows the reason behind that? Does he know how long we’ve waited for a decent number 2? Nathan Baker picks up the No.2 instead, despite it not being his position. I’ve got to admit, I’ve never liked players using shirt numbers outside of the traditional position for the number. Life goes on though.
There’s a nice solid feel about Jores Okore wearing the No. 5. Lets hope he continues the legacy of that shirt. Interestingly Bacuna takes the No.7 jersey, when you’d think Tonev (No.24) might have been the first choice for that.
One noticeable standout from the full list below is the ‘Bomb Squad’ members, who have been informed by Lambert they have no future at the club, are listed at 35 and over. Charles N’Zogbia’s injury isn’t going to save him from his inevitable exit.
Noticeably none of the NextGen winning team are given a squad number yet, apart from Samir Carruthers, who swaps No.40 for No.25.
The No.19 shirt is respectfully not available for this season in honour of Stiliyan Petrov. A nice touch. UTV
Aston Villa Shirt Numbers for the 2013/14 Season
1 Brad Guzan
2 Nathan Baker
3 Joe Bennett
4 Ron Vlaar
5 Jores Okore
6 Ciaran Clark
7 Leandro Bacuna
8 Karim El Ahmadi
9 Nicklas Helenius
10 Andreas Weimann
11 Gabby Agbonlahor
12 Marc Albrighton
13 Jed Steer
14 Antonio Luna
15 Ashley Westwood
16 Fabian Delph
17 Chris Herd
18 Yacouba Sylla
19 Not available this Season in Tribute to Stiliyan Petrov
20 Christian Benteke
21 Jordan Bowery
22 Gary Gardner
24 Aleksandar Tonev
25 Samir Carruthers
34 Matt Lowton
35 Shay Given
36 Charles N’Zogbia
37 Enda Stevens
38 Nathan Delfouneso
39 Darren Bent
40 Stephen Ireland
41 Alan Hutton
42 Barry Bannan
* Told by Lambert they are no longer in his plans.
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