‘One of THE typical annual transfer rumours that have Villa supporters sentimentally looking backwards rather than progressively to the future.’
Aston Villa’s transfer news and rumours this week have been so lacklustre that the General Election was even a welcome distraction from the having to think too much about the names mentioned in the media. Still, the actual opening of the window is still three weeks away, so there isn’t too much cause for concern.
So what’s been shaking in the past week?
It was reported by the Daily telegraph that Villa had a £500,000 bid for Stoke City’s Glen Whelan turned down. This would be quite a symbolic kind of signing, in terms of Steve Bruce’s footballing philosophy if the transfer were to happen.
Whelan is often celebrated as the model pro in terms of his commitment on the pitch and has certainly contributed in recent years to Stoke’s resilience in the Premier League. Turning 34 next January, would suggests he’s very much for the short-term and to reinforce solidity in Villa’s midfield.
Midfield competition has built up for Whelan in the past year or so at the Potters, with Darren Fletcher’s switch there, perhaps the final straw for him.
The Irish international isn’t know as the greatest passer of the ball and with his legs not getting fresher with age, wouldn’t it be better to have a defensive midfielder or deep sitting midfielder that could perhaps offer more getting attacks going?
It could be argued that Mile Jedinak has looked good because he is playing within a comfortable remit, essentially as a third centre-back, sweeping up in front of the defence, but adding very little to the midfield over the half-way line.
Is this mentality of Bruce holding Villa back as an attacking threat?
Whelan could be considered more dynamic than Jedinak and could do a job for next season, but after that?
There’s certainly pro’s and cons to the transfer.
MOMS prefers the idea of Villa building a team for all seasons, and not just with short-termism in mind. Still, if the price is right he’s certainly worth consideration. If the reported rejected bid of 500k is true, how much higher should Villa go, if Bruce really is keen?
After helping to keep Burton in the Championship last term, it seems that Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine wants to upgrade his team in the Championship and operate at the other end of the table.
The website of Australian TV channel SBS has suggested that the hunt for Burton’s Aussie continues, with Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham also vying for the 24-year-old’s signature after a decent debut season at the Pirelli Stadium.
Whether in terms of Villa, it’s a rehash of old talk from the January window, it remains to be seen. Do Villa want to be losing him and Miles Jedinak both to long haul international duty throughout next season?
Would it be better to focus on getting the best out of Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury first? Is Irvine an upgrade? Perhaps not. Both players last season would have been regarded as better than Irvine, but Bruce hasn’t got the way that Villa’s midfield play worked out yet.
Certainly Villa’s midfield needs sorting out once and for all, but the overall picture needs to be addressed. A clear understanding of its function and blend is needed, instead of buying in odds and sods.
Despite signing a five-year contract with Newcastle before they started their Championship campaign, the Newcastle number 5 was very much a bit part player. Since he’s hardly going to get a start in the Premier League, it’s been reported in various quarters that Derby were in for the centre-back, but with Gary Rowlett signing up former Villan Curtis Davis, it’s been suggested that Hanley could be suitable centre-back cover for Villa.
In MOMS opinion, it’s doubtful that Bruce could justify any incoming centre-backs until Micah Richards and/or Tommy Elphick are shipped out, although they may still be in Bruce’s plans.
Hanley looks more of a legit target for the Blues than Villa.
Ashley Young? One of the typical annual transfer rumours that have Villa supporters sentimentally looking backwards rather than progressively to the future. While Young hasn’t featured consistently for Manchester United, a lot of that recently has been down to injury.
Young is 31, so he still has time for one more big pay day and certainly is still Premier League class, if he wants to remain in English football. A Championship team won’t be the destination for the player any time soon.
Another wild goose chase, but it doesn’t seem to stop the Birmingham Mail and crappy websites churning out stories about him. Oh, a picture of him playing golf with Steve Bruce…must mean he’s signing for Villa.
Ask yourself, why would Terry want to sign off his career with Villa and a season in the Championship? It. Doesn’t. Make. Any. Sense.
However, saying that, JT has previously shown in his judgement not to be the smartest guy, so you never know.
If I was him, I’d head to the USA and enjoy a different football experience as a player while he can.
As you were.
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