We must remain realistic!
Most pundits had wrote Aston Villa off as relegation fodder before a ball was even kicked this season, and that is mainly down to poor research which is quite common in the modern game. They all love a statistic or two but when it comes to finding out something as simple as how to say a player’s name correctly, it is too much like hard work. Mr Quinn, its 'Guzan' not 'Godzan'!
August 22nd, 2014
That isn’t me putting down a pundit for having an opinion because that is what football is all about. It is me slating them for not doing their homework and actually look at what is going on at Villa Park, instead of pointing to how little we have spent.
The biggest transfer of the summer that will play a big part in our season is the arrival of new assistant manager Roy Keane. He is well known for speaking his mind and it’s nice to know we have someone who will tell the players when they under-perform, but hopefully with the calm Paul Lambert we will be able to get the right balance and know when enough is enough.
The players that have come in are all pretty safe signings, in the respect of the little money we have had to pay out. All have Premier League experience and, apart from Joe Cole, their fitness levels seem to be pretty decent. The main question you have to ask yourself when you buy a new player is: ‘will that player improve your current team?’ I think the answer to all our signings would be a yes!
We went into the opening game at Stoke the weekend with most expecting Stoke new boy ‘Bojan’ to put on a show and to send Villa back down the M6 licking their wounds. How wrong could they have been?
Apart from a small spell from Stoke, Villa looked very much in control for most of the game and had it not been for poor finishing from a couple of players in Claret and Blue, the scoreline would’ve reflected this.
So we proved the pundits wrong and if we are to stay in this division we will have to continue to prove it on a more consistent basis. The one thing we must do to achieve this is keep our feet firmly on the ground. We take each game as it comes until we reach that magic safety net of 40 points.
Both supporters and players alike need to remain realistic and remember that we have no right to demand a top 10 finish – we need to earn it! One game down, 37 to go.