Cash in the bag? It looks like it.

Again it seems you lot are a few hours ahead of me on this one, but I feel it deserves a post of it’s own, so here goes;

According to various sources and I’m going with Sky in particular;

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11677/12061767/matty-cash-aston-villa-agree-fee-with-nottingham-forest-for-right-back

We’ve agreed a £14 million fee with a possible £2 million extra in add-ons.

I’ve said previously that I haven’t really seen the right back position as so much of a priority as the left flank. I think Guilbert, with Elmohamady and even Konsa as back up was sufficient.
But hey, Dean Smith’s the manager and he probably knows a lot better than me.
In fairness, Elmo is getting on a bit now and he’s just signed a one year extension to his contract.
Hence it’s probably fair to think that we might look to let him go in the winter window, where he’ll still have some value.
So, yes, perhaps getting another RB in is a good idea.

The interesting question for me is will Cash go straight into the team?
I’d definitely think so, but it begs the question on what it is that Smith doesn’t like about Guilbert?
I mean, the Frenchman has often not been played even though he’s been available and it’s led to a few fans, myself included to be surprised.
I wonder if the player’s not happy at the Villa? But that’s me guessing and wondering again.

Anyway, I like this signing, assuming it actually gets done (and it should do if you believe we’ve already agreed personal terms) as from what I’ve been reading Cash is a good pro who’s willing to learn.
I think he originated on the wing and has been moved back to full back, which should mean that he offers good options on the attack side of our game.
My only concern about him is that his being somewhat inexperienced in the defensive position means his positioning can be poor at times.
It’s just a big bugbear of mine and is why I’m not massively keen on Targett and Taylor on the other flank, but apparently Cash learns quickly and hopefully we’ll see improvement in that side of his game under Smith’s tutelage.

So happy days then and it’s not before time.
Bring in some more signings, sharpish and I’m sure we’ll all be even more positive.

UTV!

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    Roy Bracy September 9, 2020 at 5:08 pm .

    Welcome Ollie and good luck with your new challenge.
    Now get benrharma as holte said they have already got a rapport together and I’m sure grealish would soon get on their wavelength.
    King as said he would rather Man utd so forget him we only want players who want to play with the villa. What about having a go for Abraham or are they already trying and keeping it quite.
    What a front three of benrharma Abraham and Watkins with Jack in behind.and still have options on the bench.

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    nath September 9, 2020 at 6:52 pm .

    i have watched brentford lots,all the way back when we had bruce and smith was there, so i got to know their players. ollie watkins is a really good player. i know there is good write up saying same. but i just wanted to say i totally agree. not only can he play up front and score shit loads, but he can play both flanks of the three and as the grealish role. he can hold the ball up very well even thou he isnt a carew shape. he is very mobile and great at finding that space. most important he is lightening quick on the break. trust me when i say we have got a decent player and smith knows how to use him and get the best out of him. i’m dead happy with this signing, sorry i am dead happy with both signings sofar

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    originallondonlion September 10, 2020 at 12:25 am .

    Rob Mackenzie arriving too. Who he? the Technical Scouting head at Leicester 2011 to 2015. Anyone who can boast finding Jamie Vardy from non-league is already ahead of anyone Villa have had in recruitment since Ron Atikinson. Bring the magic wand Bob – and welcome!

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