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  1. Andrew February 1, 2014 at 3:03 am . Reply

    Only teams to really upgrade themselves were Fulham and West Ham (maybe, Armero’s a good wing back but poor defensively, Borriello’s past it and Nocerino was poor for Milan). Other than that… Nothing big happened in the EPL.

  2. Bill Pearson. February 1, 2014 at 8:23 am . Reply

    Not a bad window for Villa, two loans in, two loans out and a free, that would be sod all on the loans and a saving of 1.500 million till July, Robo your bang on mate this is the road of off loading the club. I recognized that in May this year we will be told whose got our club. So lads its nail bite till May my money is on the Chinese. IMO.

    1. Foxy February 1, 2014 at 9:21 am . Reply

      Bill, if someone is coming in with a load of money wouldn’t they be looking at West Ham first of all? They’re moving to the Olympic stadium with all the current rail and tube links plus Crosslink coming in. There’s a huge demographic within easy travelling distance – including current West Ham and Leighton Orient fans – plus it’s in London. If I was coming in with a LOT of money I’d be considering London, although Villa would come in a close second because of the huge number of people in the area, plus no one has tapped into Birmingham yet. The worry of course is that it’s not someone with a LOT of money, but another Antonov or Venkey’s. I reckon there’s a lot more chance we’ll get someone juggling their finances and dropping a load of debt on the club than there is finding a Red Bull. I’m going to stay optimistic and hope we can have some more good matches this season, see the team improve, avoid the relegation zone and hope Lerner does have the best intentions for the club.

  3. GIDDYVILLAN February 1, 2014 at 9:40 am . Reply

    Is lerner fucking skint?

  4. Bill Pearson. February 1, 2014 at 9:49 am . Reply

    Foxy you maybe be right, London is to the rest of the world England in visitors eyes, but for industry Birmingham hold the key to what is coming , HS2 is now an interest to foreign investors, Landrover, Jaguar, factories are built for the markets abroad, I see Villa as an interest to the Asian billionaires as a goal to own, I know that games are coming but that’s not an every day thing. I could be wrong but that’s my outlook on things to come.

  5. nath February 1, 2014 at 10:18 am . Reply

    someone doing a match day post ~ i av 2 leave in 1hour
    been reading evertons fans views this morning ~ they see us as a threat worried which villa will turn up, scared of the pace and the forward line,
    they aren’t wrong if villa allow everton 2 dominate then it will be a tough afternoon, but if we play exactly the way we played pool of the pitch. diamond formation and brave we will walk this,
    their defence is their weak link, benteke will batter the centre backs and they are wanting barry 2 shield their back four, if weimann stops him like he did gerrard, i can’t see us losing or drawing
    i put a tenner on us other day and iam more confident 2 day
    VTID 3,1 villa

  6. Lionheart February 1, 2014 at 10:26 am . Reply

    Lads with regards to why don’t we buy less players and give more wages rather than spread it over more players of less quality…

    Well i am actually surprised you lot don’t know the answer to that..

    IF a player on 10-20K is shite you can shift him easily.. a player on 40K no one will want touch.. ala Mr Hutton..

    Lerner has had his fingers burnt so much he has thought sod that route and gone for the cheap route.. i DEF thing there is a 20K wage cap on new players.. PL can pay slightly more for a couple of he offsets it..

    Sadly it just shows RL is clueless.. first went mad allowing third choice RB’s to be on 35K and then done a complete 360 and started paying championship wages..

    BUT enough is enough.. four windows gone now.. this summer it HAS to be different..

    1. nath February 1, 2014 at 10:36 am . Reply

      lamberts done remarkably well reducing wages and invested on not quite finished articles~ but lion is rite 4 window gone ~ this summer we will see the plan hit phrase two. lambert did n’t just come to villa to buy cheaply again like norwich. he has ambitions~ i believe summer we will see better incomings more ” ready now 4 premier” type players

  7. DSVilla February 1, 2014 at 11:02 am . Reply

    I am not expecting a major change in the summer. If we do finish around 10th (not a given I know) this will be seen as proof that the plan is working. A few minor additions to the squad and slight progression the next season from players who should have settled in will be seen as acceptable by the owners/manager.
    It may be by that time we are not a million miles away from where we were at 6th under MON but not losing money hand over fist. However, that isn’t going to be enough for most fans.
    It does pose the question. What do fans really expect of Aston Villa? Should we be aiming for top 10/top 6/top 4? I can’t see us, in any reasonable time frame, making 6th. 6th only brings Europa League and is that enough?
    The alternative to me is Lerner gambling loads more for the highly unlikely aim of Top 4. I can’t see that happening.

    The only chance of Villa getting anywhere near Top 4 is under a new hugely wealthy owner. I can’t see that happening either.

  8. Badger123 February 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm . Reply

    DsVilla, we should always aim as high as possible.
    And personally I don’t think top 10 is high enough.

    You can debate how big a club we are re attendances, income etc but whatever the outcome, I’d bet money we’d see ourselves higher than the 10th biggest club in the Prem.
    I’d say that wherever you conclude our size to be in the Prem is where we should be aiming as an absolute minimum.
    Somewhat simplistic, but logical imo.

    1. DSVilla February 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm . Reply

      Agree Badger. I see us as 7/8 at the moment, with the potential to get a place or two higher. And that is my point really. We may well be able to get to 6th without spending large sums. If we do spend quite a bit we still wont get any higher than that. That’s the dilemma really. I don’t think most on here would settle for that level, they would be calling for more investment, let’s push for top 4 etc. Just not going to happen IMO.

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