I don’t want this to be a negative article, just an interesting observation that I have made in regards to Paul Lamberts transfers of summer 2013. The youth policy continued, signing 7 players, the most expensive being Kozak who was brought in for £7 million. But only 3 of those 7 players are still at Aston Villa today and none are yet to make an appearance this season! Of course it’s been only two games, but it’s still interesting to see what has happened to last seasons transfers.
Out of the 4 players that have been loaned out, Tonev and Luna made the most appearances for the club with a total of 17. Luna scored one goal, they have both respectfully left on a season-long loan to Celtic and Verona. Meanwhile Helenius has returned to his former club Aalborg (where he has in fact already scored 2 goals in 4 appearances) and Jed Steer has gone to Doncaster.It’s believed that Celtic and Verona both have the chance to buy Tonev and/or Luna should they perform well for their clubs. Steer will most likely return to Villa to continue development and might be fighting for the number 1 spot within 2-3 years. Helenius is the biggest question mark, it’s unknown whether or not Lambert rates the young Danish forward.
I’m sure we’ll see Bacuna and Okore featuring in the League cup this week against Leyton Orient and will have their chance to impress the boss and fight for a spot in a very competitive Villa side. But out of the trio, Kozak has the best chance to make a claim. I thought he was good when he played last season, he wasn’t as affective as Benteke nor created an many opportunities. However he was a goal scorer and scored a few goals out of nothing. It will be good to see his return shortly after the International break.