McCormack practically signed and things moving


So Gana’s gone to Everton and Cieran Clark has gone to Newcastle in a move that I find more than a little strange.
I know Newcastle have had their problems in defence, but Clark certainly didn’t strike me as the sort of centre back they’d want to sign, as we all know he’s prone to massive howlers at times.
Then again, I keep finding myself thinking that he’s still only 26, which is quite young for a defender really. He’s also a constant in the Republic of Ireland side, where he had a very good Euros, that rash lunge apart, so just maybe he isn’t as bad as many of us think?
He’s another one who I think might perform better overall in a more confident side and I happily wish him all the best for the future.
So much for “Villa through and through” though.
As per usual, money talks.

But the big news is that it would seem Ross McCormack is Villa bound, after we tabled a £12 million bid, rising to £14 million if you believe the stories.
My immediate reaction is that it’s a hell of a lot of money to pay for a player who’s 30 in ten days time, but when you look at his record, it’s very impressive. He scored 38 times in 89 league appearances, a stat that also suggests he isn’t injury prone.
When I think of strikers down the Villa these days, my thoughts always turn to wondering who’s going to provide the ammo, but it appears that McCormack isn’t just an accomplished finisher and he can make chances and goals too.
The interesting thing is it seems he performs better when playing off a target man and we have a pretty decent one in Rudy Gestede. Of course, this would suggest that RDM would go with a two up front and it’s a move I’d be happy to see.
I still struggle to see where the ammo is going to come from though, although we could go long, I suppose. That doesn’t make sense though, given RDM’s previous comments about our style.
Still, that’s what managers get paid mega money for, isn’t it?

When you factor in that McCormack’s fee and wages will have been covered by Gana and Clark departing, this deal makes very good sense, if the striker’s rich vein of goalscoring form continues this season.
There’s always the risk that something could go wrong and it just might not work out, which would leave another expensive player on no doubt fat wages, but short of a cheeky attempt to get Benteke back I think this is probably about as good a signing as we could reasonably have expected.

Let’s not forget Gestede has been known to score a few in the championship and I look forward to them both hitting the net regularly.
Imagine if they do play together. How good would it be for the Villa to have a successful forward pairing again?


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  1. nath
    nath August 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm . Reply

    watching forest and burton another two sides and nothing much between them. burton have surprised me, they are a counter attacking side, neat and tidy in possession.

  2. Dave67
    Dave67 August 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm . Reply
    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan August 6, 2016 at 6:25 pm . Reply

      I’ll raise a glass to that news things are moving on nicely loving it.UTV

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 6, 2016 at 10:54 pm . Reply

      Shame really a fully fit and motivated Gabby wud do well at this level especially in away games when we can break with pace. Be interesting to see who’s stupid enough to take him

  3. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla August 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm . Reply

    Check out Gabby’s instagram account……he is saying goodbye at last!

  4. nath
    nath August 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm . Reply

    great news greens signs a new 3 year contract. this guy offers width, decent crosser,plus sumat not many other players offer these days. he loves taking on defenders. defenders hate players like green, running past um making um look foolish.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm . Reply

      He won’t get chance in championship he will be kicked off the park. Will be ok as an impact player in last 20 mins but that’s it

      1. Andrew
        Andrew August 7, 2016 at 1:24 am . Reply

        Teams have to catch him first to kick him off the park. Plus many young quick English/Scottish/Irish wingers take the Championship by storm. Hell Burke did it for Forest against Burton…

      2. nath
        nath August 7, 2016 at 7:44 am . Reply

        your so predictable ohaha. what ever the topic and general opinion, you will take the opposite view. so fueling a debate which is great & fantastic. only you over play your part, its fabricated,

        green and murphy will rip the league up, they are hungry and they have the ability, they also be unknown to the defenders, they won’t have a clue how to play um.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath August 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm . Reply

          Hmmmm I’m not convinced. Yes they will have the surprise factor but in this league u have to win the battle to win the war. If we win that battle for the first hr and bring them on then yes they can do well but they will struggle for 90 mins in a starting position. We need men in this league not boys

  5. Stubbs
    Stubbs August 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm . Reply

    Another defeat on the agenda tomorrow.

    3-0 Wednesday.

    Di Matteo out!

  6. pat57
    pat57 August 7, 2016 at 12:57 am . Reply

    @ Stubbs
    We either have a nose infiltrator

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