I won’t dwell too much on Nathan Baker’s sale, except to say that I’m not convinced it was a good decision.
Why sign two defenders who probably won’t be with us next season and sell one that would?, is my immediate reaction and indeed it’s one that many Villa fans seem to agree with.
That said, Tony Xia has said there’s a good reason for it and I suspect that it’s just that the player didn’t see where he stood and wanted lots of playing time.
I can’t say I blame him and wish him well.
Then we’ve turned down a £1 mill plus bid for Leandro Bacuna.
This one doesn’t surprise me in the slightest, as it’s plainly obvious to me that Steve Bruce sees him as a very useful utility player.
That’s not to say that Bacuna doesn’t have a price. I’m sure he does.
But it would be a lot more than a million quid in Bruce’s eyes.
Reading have apparently immediately dropped their interest, as no doubt the manager has informed them of what he believes he’s worth.
And then the manager has called speculation about Hutton “rubbish”, while at the same time the player himself has said that he’s happy and not looking to leave.
I’ll bet he is. I’m normally pretty good with player’s estimated wages, but can’t put a figure on it, in this case.
£45-50k a week seems to ring a bell, but I could easily be wrong.
If I’m right though, who’s going to match that?
Again, I’d suggest that it’s simply because the price/deal haven’t been right and he has to be a possible to leave, as we have too many right backs and too many players overall.
I can’t comment on the Watford game personally, as I was up to my neck in it at work, so never saw any of it.
But the comments never seem to change, do they?
“Defence looks ok, but where’s the creativity?” And perhaps more importantly, “where are the goals coming from?” and even “what does Lansbury offer?”.
For me, things are not sorted yet and if Bruce feels he can get us promoted by winning 1-0’s, well, let’s just say I’m not convinced.
1-0’s will take you a long way, but they have to be backed up with the occasional whupping and I can’t recall the last time a Villa side under Bruce won convincingly, if at all.
The midfield is far from right to my mind, but of course I’m being unduly pessimistic.
I just hope we get yet more players in, but have to admit that I’m not as confident as I recently was, that we will. .
And then there’s a request for a “predict where we’ll finish” thread. It’s a good idea, but I’d rather wait until we’re nearer to seeing what players we’re going to start the season with.
So probably the back end of the week, “Nath”.
Roll on the proper footy and UTV!