Villa in for Jonas Olsson to replace Vlaar; Seriously?

So the Mirror are saying we’re going to do the above;

Olsson is 31 and according to Wiki, signed a four year contract in October 2012.
So unless we get incredibly lucky, given our record of over-paying for players, we aren’t going to get him on a free transfer.
Or are we? I’ll leave you to debate that, but I’ll bet he’s on top wages, even if we do get him for nothing.

So what am I getting at?
Well, quite simply I can only see this as another way of Randy Lerner pocketing a couple of million quid.

I don’t have anything against Olsson. He’s a decent, experienced defender, who’s being kept out by Lescott.
But is he on a par with Vlaar?
Or, more in line with what we should be looking for as fans, is he an improvement?
I suspect we’d all agree that he’ll be nothing of the sort.

Of course, it could be that we’re bringing him in purely as backup, given the crocks that we already have.
Which would be fine if that’s all it is.
So why do I suspect that he’ll be expected to go straight into the team?

Hmm, £4-5 million in for Vlaar and Ollson will cost around £1.5 million. It’ll be “undisclosed” of course, as most of our transfers are these days, so we’ll never know the facts.

So that’ll be another few quid in Lerner’s pocket, while he throws us the usual bone of around £5 million to spend in the winter window (which was par for the course years ago, remember).
In the meantime, it depresses me to think some will be praising him for it, because of how “times are hard” etc.
Yes, incredibly hard, if you haven’t received an extra £30 million a season from Sky: which the club has.

Even if this deal doesn’t happen, you can bet your last couple of bob that something like it will, in my opinion.

And still the fans don’t complain.


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    steve November 24, 2014 at 11:20 am .

    We should have a sweep for the next villa shot on target. I am going for 3.24pm saturday.

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      GIDDYVILLAN November 24, 2014 at 11:28 am .

      Which year??????

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      Bill Pearson :-) November 24, 2014 at 11:46 am .

      Oohah check Giddies e/mails said he’s having probs again. 🙂

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        Bill Pearson November 24, 2014 at 11:47 am .

        And me

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          GIDDYVILLAN November 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm .

          Cheers Bill someone’s rectified it mate. 😀

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      GIDDYVILLAN November 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm .

      Steve what month & year mate???????

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    GIDDYVILLAN November 24, 2014 at 11:48 am .

    Which month & year?????

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    Adam November 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm .

    no way are we winning tonight. We will either lose by an embarrassing scoreline or it will be backs to the wall, don’t attack, play for 0-0 and lose by about 2. Either way we will lose!

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      Bill Pearson November 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm .

      hope not Adam ,but I’ve no faith in Villa as a team, 0-2 , please let me be wrong.

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        Adam November 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm .

        I Hope not too Bill, im hoping in me saying that it has the reverse effect! Maybe I should stick a tenner on it as my bets always seem to go the other way!

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    Saddened November 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm .

    We WILL win tonight, not through any great tactical achievement, but purely down to Lambert squeezing a result out when his neck is on the line…. 3-1 Villa

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    GIDDYVILLAN November 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm .

    0-6 saints & I’m being generous.hope not but with injuries & lamberts predictable formation & tactics can’t see any other outcome.still UTV

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath November 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm .

      No chance giddy if we lose tonight it will be 2.0/2.1 it won’t be a hammering

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    Jay Dee November 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm .

    i think we will get turned over good n proper smacked arses by Koeman

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    DSVilla November 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm .

    injuries in defence, plodding midfield and toothless up front. Stroll in the park for Saints. Think we will get our customary nil, they will get at least two, and maybe a few more.

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath November 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm .

      You never no we all thought a better team called man city would beat us 10.0 last season and we beat them 3.2. Iv a sneaky feeling we will get a result tonight saints will choke now media is talking about them being top 4 contenders trust me

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        GIDDYVILLAN November 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm .

        A possibility if we were at full strength LOL,my concern is the defense.this team are pretty useful in front of goal & Guzan can only take so much,I have a feeling this could be another record broke that Lambert could do without.yes I’m a Fucking pessimist,can you blame me.

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          OohAhPaulMcGrath November 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm .

          But we were without Benteke for city game.

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        DSVilla November 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm .

        who’s that optimist who’s taken over Oohah’s login? Imposter!

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        Andrew November 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm .

        I can’t see them choking, but we’re not going to open them up. They’ve conceded 5 goals all season and have the most clean sheets. We have the least goals scored. It’s a match made in hell against them.

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