Latest (lack of) transfer news

I thought I’d better come on and say something, just so you don’t think I’ve disappeared, given that I think it’s been over a month since the last post.

The problem is, there isn’t really much to say is there?
I could just repeat the absolute tosh that comes from the clickbait sites, but I really don’t see the slightest bit of value in that and I’d hate to insult you all by doing so.
In fact, my contempt of these sites has actually risen lately and an article from yesterday or today, talking about Trezeguet frankly had me fuming.
The headline was something along the lines of “get rid”, which led me to believe it was going to talk about a source of trouble. I immediately thought of Sanson and thought it might tell me something I didn’t know.
The article went on to quote some ex football player (not even an ex Villa player), whose name escapes me, saying that some players just have an attitude and need to be got rid of.
Imagine my anger, given that I think Trezeguet has been an absolutely model professional, who has never given any inkling of trouble as far as I know.

Oh, I’ve just had the misfortune to come across the article again and it’s Kevin Campbell talking.
Here’s the quote;

“If he’s not matched up to the standards Steven Gerrard has set then he won’t have him and he’ll cut his losses. Sometimes players are not playing well and they can’t be bothered, it’s better to just get them out the club and take half the money, get something back for him.”

How can that be related to Trezeguet?

It just goes to show that ex players don’t have a clue and even more so when they don’t even have any contacts at the club. It could of course just be the case that they’ve used his quote totally out of context and he may even have been talking about someone else, but who cares?
Ex players know nothing, imo, simple as.

Anyway, what isn’t absolute rubbish is that Trezeguet has moved to Turkiye (see how trendy I am really?) for 5 million Euros. I think that’s a pretty good for both clubs and I wish him all the best. He’s not Premier league material, imo, but I think he’ll be great in the Turkish league, as was demonstrated during his loan spell there.

What wasn’t such a good deal was Lovre Kalinic leaving a year early on a free transfer to Hajduk Split, his old club.
He cost us over £5 million and was paid around £15-16k a week. Not bad for hardly ever playing and being pretty poor when he did.
I’m definitely in the wrong game. I wonder if the Villa would be interested in a rubbish backup goalie for the bargain price of nothing and £5k a week? Let me know Stevie G!

Seriously though, I don’t quite understand what’s been going on with the Villa and goalies over the last few years.
It’s almost been some sort of obsession, given the turnover we’ve had.

When it comes to players coming in, I think it’s fair to say the media just don’t have a clue do they? Kalvin Philips has been spotted at Man Citeh before a medical. That for me has to be quite simply about the money and while I can understand he wants to set himself up for life, I wonder how much he thinks he will get to play in that side?
I quite rate the player, but I’m not regretting his not coming.

There’s also plenty of speculation about our younger players and what I think we can accept as the truth is that they’re in demand. Indeed I’m now seeing that Tim Iroegbanum has no less than six clubs after him.
I trust that the coaches and management will make the best decisions for them all.

The only constant transfer out speculation I’m seeing is about Douglas Luiz.
I’m still not convinced he wants to leave as much as we’re being told, but it now seems Roma and AC Milan are interested, along with Arsenal, Spurs and whoever else.
I just hope if he does go, we don’t sell him too cheaply.

And finally it was nice to see the “McGinn troublemaker” story debunked, even though it was (emminently sensible) speculation by MOMS. I never really believed it anyway.

Basically, given that the whole football industry has been on holiday, everything has been total and utter speculation really, hasn’t it?

But now I expect things to start happening and the real search has begun for quality at the right price.
Unfortunately, it seems to me that most clubs are not as generous as the Villa when it comes to letting players go cheaply and I can see things progressing a fair bit slower than we’d like.


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  1. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum July 3, 2022 at 1:23 am . Reply

    I saw Gabby say the same sort of thing about an Arsenal player today. It’s all just rubbish filling column inches.

  2. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum July 3, 2022 at 12:56 pm . Reply

    …and roll on some exciting signings!

  3. William Pearson
    William Pearson July 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm . Reply

    Thing is do we need them , seeing what we’ve got in reserve youngsters we might be ok . I know it’s experience that needed in older players but the game has speed in it now and we do have good young fast players. Im willing to see that happens. Could be wrong I know.

    1. Badger123
      Badger123 July 3, 2022 at 5:08 pm . Reply

      We definitely need them Bill, imo.
      You don’t win anything with kids.
      Usually 🙂

  4. Badger123
    Badger123 July 3, 2022 at 5:48 pm . Reply

    Tarkowski has signed for Everton, while his Burnley teammates expected him to sign for the Villa.

    Really? Hmm

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 July 4, 2022 at 6:50 am . Reply

      We got Diego Carlos and despite the speculation – some on here ‘mea culpa’ – that Mings or Konsa were on their way neither was really likely to happen without a serious upgrade being available which Tarkowski was not.

      More click bait inches still pushing the Tarkowski story though – no surprise then that they hang on to it even after he’s signed for Everton,

  5. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 July 4, 2022 at 10:45 am . Reply

    Ashley Young signs new one year contract.

    Gerrard was pretty positive about his contribution last season and I guess he’s a useful and very experienced utility player to have around the squad.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain July 4, 2022 at 2:12 pm . Reply

      Not a great surprise, but it doesn’t add anything to what we already had (we need some more quality newcomers!) .

      See that Trezeguet has finally departed for a reported £4.25m; decent player who was important to keeping us up a couple of seasons ago. Good luck to him in Turkey.

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 July 4, 2022 at 6:58 pm . Reply

        Yep – wish him well; scored something vital goals for us – Cup SF and to keep us in the EPLans always gave of his best for the team.

        Villa have confirmed the expected signing of Rory Wilson (16) from Rangers.

        Keep em coming.

      2. Badger123
        Badger123 July 5, 2022 at 12:20 am . Reply

        Ardent, it’s Turkiye nowadays, as I hinted in the post, where I said Trez had left.
        I guess you never actually read it? tut, tut! 😉

        1. Jan Mikula
          Jan Mikula July 5, 2022 at 11:39 am . Reply

          You got me!
          Was skipping-through reading bits here & there…

        2. The Ron Saunders Stand
          The Ron Saunders Stand July 5, 2022 at 2:48 pm . Reply

          With Kranberrie sauce.
          Can’t beat it (:

          1. Ardent Villain
            Ardent Villain July 6, 2022 at 5:44 pm . Reply

            On an aside…
            According to something I saw on B’ham Live website yesterday, apparently Purslowe has said that they’re actually thinking about naming the redevelped Witton End / North Stand after you.

            1. Badger123
              Badger123 July 6, 2022 at 10:05 pm . Reply

              Ron Saunders?
              That is the perfect choice of name, although I’d prefer to see the Witton lane called that.
              I never liked the “North stand”.
              Far too bland, imo.

              1. The Ron Saunders Stand
                The Ron Saunders Stand July 7, 2022 at 2:21 pm .

                Sorry Badger, you know I love the site really (:

            2. The Ron Saunders Stand
              The Ron Saunders Stand July 7, 2022 at 2:20 pm . Reply

              Ardent, that is why I chose it as user name, to put it in the public psyche.
              This probably had little to no effect on this distant lonely outpost of social media but who knows??

  6. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 July 6, 2022 at 12:05 pm . Reply

    Hourihane signs for Derby. Scored some great goals for Villa in his time and contributed positively to our promotion from the Championship

    I’m sure he’ll be an asset as Derby try and rebuild their club.

    Wish him well.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain July 6, 2022 at 5:42 pm . Reply

      He was pretty-much a model pro from what I’ve seen, especially when he was struggling to get picked for match squads.

      Good Luck to him at Derby!

    2. Badger123
      Badger123 July 6, 2022 at 10:09 pm . Reply

      I’ve just sent my Derby mate my opinion;

      Skilled, but went missing far too much.
      Championship level, so should be okay for Derby.

  7. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum July 6, 2022 at 9:34 pm . Reply

    It’s a bit quiet innit…Ronaldo anyone??? LOL!!!!!

    1. Badger123
      Badger123 July 6, 2022 at 10:14 pm . Reply

      I’d actually take him!
      He’s not what he was at his peak, but the way we don’t create, I reckon he’s a good bet to score from the odd chances we’d give him.

      The talk of £500k a week ends any speculation though. Ridiculous money, even for Prem standards.

  8. Badger123
    Badger123 July 6, 2022 at 10:32 pm . Reply

    Looks like we’ll be giving El Ghazi away for next to nothing;

    We’ve moved on from his level.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 July 7, 2022 at 6:32 am . Reply

      Badger clicking on HITC – whatever next 🙂

    2. Texas Villan
      Texas Villan July 7, 2022 at 2:12 pm . Reply

      That’s a real shame. I struggle to believe that a player who can be in and out the side all season, still score 1 goal in 3 games (from the wing), isn’t attracting more interest.

  9. William Pearson
    William Pearson July 9, 2022 at 7:40 am . Reply

    Villa play friendly at 1 o’clock, against Walsall interested to see whom he play’s ,it’s on Villa channel so I believe today.

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