I’d written a fair chunk of a post discussing how the team proved me wrong re; the Brighton game (fair play to them) and I was summing up how we’d performed over the season (suffice to say it was rubbish), but I didn’t get round to finishing it, hence it never got posted, mostly because the FFP hit the headlines.
Let’s just say I don’t quite believe the story that’s been put out that we only have £1 million to spend this season.
I’ve questioned Villa’s accounts on many occasions over the last few years and my opinion is they’re creative, to say the very least.
I hasten to add that I don’t believe they’re bent or illegal; just creative.
There is far too much money being written off for none-football stuff for my liking, for a start.
That said, it’s true that whichever way you look at it, we’ve spent a boatload of money on an under-achieving squad.
So it wouldn’t surprise me if the good Doctor did want to tighten the spending.
But this story also plays into our hands.
How often have we been bent over in having to pay inflated fees for players over the years? Far, far too many for my liking.
For every Kodjia, how many Ross McCormack’s have we had?
The Brum Mail have a decent article out, which suggests the players we need to move on and it’s frankly hard to disagree with it.
It’s plainly clear we have a right load of over-paid rubbish in the upper level of the squad.
But then, I’ve often commented that the kids aren’t good enough either.
There’s another Villa site that seems to concur with my thoughts and it doesn’t make for good reading, especially if you think our kids are the answer.
Trust me, they aren’t, as is explained in that article.
So what’s the answer, given that we don’t have a pot to do the proverbial in and the kids aren’t coming through?
Well, we’ve already got a few bob for Sanchez.
McCormack is worth a few mill (albeit another massive loss and I don’t believe he’s got a cat in hell’s chance of staying if Bruce has anything to do with it).
Gill will fetch a few quid, as will Veretout, Tish and others.
We’ll still be stuck with the likes of Gabby and Richards, who are on stupid money, but that’s the way it is.
The point is Bruce will not be limited to a poxy £1 mill. No way on earth.
What he’ll do with the money and how he’s going to improve our results is a totally different question though.
And unless he signs some players that can allow him to change his mind-set, or more accurately, actually play the game that I believe he wants to play, he’s going to be in serious trouble.
By that, I mean I believe the likes of “Nath” who says that he screams at the players to get the ball in the box, yet it doesn’t happen.
I’ve heard similar comments from a fair few attendees and it smacks of a team that’s massively lacking in confidence.
If Bruce can’t turn this around, I predict he’ll be gone by November.
But that’s for another day.