Aston Villa’s Premier League rebuild is up and running in earnest. Through the past few months Villa’s scouting team have been keeping tabs on around 50 players that they think potentially fit the bill of playing for Villa in the Premier League.
The obvious need for a striker that can be a real focus up top has been addressed in the transfer of Wesley Moraes. While perhaps another forward is needed to add to the squad, the principle concerns are at the heart of the defence with Villa supporters eagerly awaiting a conclusion to Tyrone Mings’ situation. Whether there’s any chance to see Axel Tuanzebe in a Villa shirt again is unlikely, but a conclusion on that may run until late in the window.
In terms of how Dean Smith will want to play next season, obviously the full back situation will be something Villa’s Head Coach will be giving serious thought to. Frederic Guilbert is already in through the door and no doubt Smith is eyeing up another left-back to give Villa a bit more penetration down that flank going forward.
Recent talk of Villa interest in Jack Butland has mirrored our thinking that maybe we still have to upgrade the position despite having three keepers on the books. After all, do we consider any of our current crop a 8/10+ keeper that we’d need to do us justice in the top tier?
In the latest My Old Man Said podcast we discuss whether we’d be happy with Jed Steer in the number one shirt, a man who covered himself in glory in our late promotion dash. Also, we analyse all the above squad-building concerns and have some fun along the way.
If you haven’t listened to the podcast before and want some smart and humorous chat, check out episode 76 (before listening to episode 77) to sample what My Old Man Said is all about.
Come on…join us, as we set forth back into the Premier League.
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Episode 77 Notes
And so Aston Villa’s first summer transfer window back in Premier League begins. David and Chris catch up with Max Stokes of Villa on Tour to survey the landscape and contemplate their claret and blue feelings entering into the summer.
Along the way they discuss transfer media muppetry, do the ‘Scott Hogan Touch Count’ challenge, and look at recent happenings at Villa Park, including play-off winners merch spin-offs, court cases and new sponsors.
Also, the plight of Villa’s loan players from last season and the striker and goalkeeper situations are given special considered.
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