Aston Villa Transfer Rumours
I think just about every one of us has played some kind of manager simulation game - whether it be on FIFA or Football Manager - and we all believe we would do better in the transfer market than the manager of our football club, in my case Paul Lambert.
January 10th, 2014
If you read my blog on a regular basis (apart from coming across as grumpy) you will know that I am not the happiest when it comes to Aston Villa’s performances this season, so with the transfer window well and truly open it is the perfect time to put right all those wrongs.
Every single transfer window the media will look for the weakness in your side, and then link your club with just about every out of favour player that plays in that position that they believe would join your side; so I thought I would look through just some of the links and how I believe they could improve my side.
The highest-profile story is no doubt the link to Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan. The 31-year old is currently out of favour with the Canaries having only made five premier league starts this season.
Paul Lambert has made no secret about wanting to bring in a creative player, and the talk is that the Republic of Ireland midfielder would welcome a chance to join his former manager.
I on the other hand am not sure this deal will go ahead, as it’s no real secret that Paul Lambert and Norwich City parted on bad terms. I believe Norwich will either refuse to do any kind of deal with Lambert and Villa, or we will end up paying over the odds – and I am not sure that is the way to go for a 31-year old.
The next name that keeps popping up is Porto and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour. The 25 year old is more of a defensive playmaker, unlike Hoolahan who is more attacking.
The media claims that the midfielder who has won four league titles (with Standard Liege and Porto) in the last six years would be eager to team up with international team mate Christian Benteke in order to help achieve his dream of playing in the Premiership.
Out of all the links he is the signing that most excites me, but I can’t help but think his agent is using Aston Villa as a smoke screen to drum up more interest in his client.
Following the injury to Libor Kozak, the press seem to also believe that our Scottish manager will want another striker so Celtic’s Giorgios Samaras and Man City’s John Guidetti’s names have popped up, but I would be very surprised if he does look at another striker.
Most will know by now that Aston Villa keep all deals very close to their chest, so just like the media I can only speculate, because in reality – despite me having an idea of the type of player I would like – I simply don’t know what route Villa will go.
I just hope for Lambert’s sake he makes this transfer window count as many supporters are starting to lose faith, myself included.