Doctor Tony Xia is feeling chuffed with himself and rightly so, as Villa’s management team and CEO pulled out all the stops to practically rebuild a team in one single transfer window.
With Xia declaring the transfer window closed for Aston Villa, perhaps only Jack Grealish and Jordan Amavi will be first team starters left over from last season’s squad.
Naturally, with his visible social media presence Xia will attract the plaudits, as team Villa worked hard behind the scenes, but the first ‘proper’ fit and proper test of the owner in the eyes of Villa supporters has been passed. There’s leadership, proven Championship experience and ability throughout the Villa first team now.
Of course, what looks good on paper may not necessarily gel or work in real life, but at least Villa have a shot at promotion now and Roberto Di Matteo has the tools for the job in hand.
As for planning for the African Cup of Nations and the potential exodus of up to four Villa players in mid-January, Xia declared on Twitter there is a plan in place:
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 31, 2016
There’s no doubt a lot of Villa supporters on social media would have also enjoyed Xia’s openness and candidness to transfer news, even if he’s frustrated the officials at other clubs by jumping the gun a few times. 🙂
Mystery Potential Deadline Signing
A transfer deal that Villa eventually decided not to carry out on deadline day was a centre back that had been lined up to essentially replace Micah Richards, who was expected to be heading to West Ham today. The Hammers though went for free agent 33-year-old Alvaro Arbeloa, who’s Real Madrid credentials no doubt swung the deal for the eager to impress East London club.
Once that deal was done and Richards was going nowhere, Villa’s interest in the additional defender halted.
It should now be interesting to see how Richards’ career pans out this season at Villa. If he gets past January, it’ll be interesting.
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