Have you noticed how despite hundreds of transfer rumour ‘clickbait’ articles and ITK tweets, bar making a couple of loan players permanent, Aston Villa have only signed Wesley and Jota, so far this transfer window?
If you needed any evidence that the madness was about to step up a notch in the month of July, then the John McGinn to Manchester United story for £50m was perfectly timed.
It has to be said that Villa are not in an ideal position going into the summer transfer window. Due to the previous short-termism of buying in older players (Jedinak, Whelan etc) and a reliance on loan talent (Abraham, Tuanzebe, Mings etc), they are now a team that has many needs.
The landscape of the Premier League has even changed since Villa were last there, three seasons ago. The last bumper rise in TV revenues that the club decided to miss out on, by timing their relegation with it, has left many clubs in the Premier League turning a profit and in less need to sell players.
As a result, clubs will initially price their assets high at the start of the window, as we are seeing with Bournemouth and Tyrone Mings.
Villa are a team desperate for players and have owners that are perceived by other clubs, as having deep pockets. It’ll be a tricky equation to overcome and get value for money from.
On the latest My Old Man Said podcast we discuss the current Villa transfer picture, the Mings situation and Villa’s approach to the summer window, in the context of what we heard first hand from Villa CEO Christian Purslow at the recent Fan Consultation Group meeting.
There’s plenty of fun too along the way, as we dig into Villa’s potential destiny next season.
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Premier League Plans and the Merciless Quest for Mings
In a packed show, the shifting Premier League Villa-verse is fully explored, one which John Terry has elected to stay in longer. On the pitch, there’s the implications of Jed Steer signing a new four-year extension and Tyrone Mings currently being a Bournemouth player. While behind the scenes, we discuss the Villa Away Season Ticket controversy and the recent Fan Consultation Group (FCG) meeting with the Villa CEO Christian Purslow.
A full spectrum of football issues are also surveyed – Frank Lampard and the Chelsea job, the curious case of Iranian women and football, as highlighted by the Woman’s World Cup, as well as happenings at Copa America.
There’s also an epic Scott Hogan Touch Count battle featuring former Villa loanee Tammy Abraham and a new one-off game called ‘Chinese Percentage of Fortune’.
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