No doubt most of you have already read what Tony Xia had to say in his presser and it sounds good doesn’t it?
He’s promised serious investment and even states that his aim is to be in the Champions League in five years and he actually aims to win it in ten years.
This is the stuff of dreams and while I’d personally be looking to keep my eye more on nearer targets, such as getting out of the very difficult league we’re actually in at the moment, there’s no doubt it’s music to any Villa fan’s ears.
If the half a billion quid really is Xia’s personal money, there can’t be much doubt that he’s the go-getter type, so you never know, he might actually achieve it, but what pleased me more I think was the fact that he talks about that ten years. It at least seems like the commitment is there for now anyway.
It’s all good stuff.
Next we have news that Bournemouth have accepted a £3 million bid for their captain and defender Tommy Elphick and the deal could be wrapped up by the nd of the week.
This appears to me to be a solid sort of signing, as although I can’t say I know anything about him, it seems that he was very much a mainstay of the Bournemouth side. He knows the script when it comes to getting out of the Championship and most importantly is a good captain who leads by example.
This is an excellent piece of work on Di Matteo’s part, as this position is probably going to prove the most important of any signing, a 20 goal a season striker apart perhaps.
His job will involve getting any despondent players “up” for it and hopefully slapping any surly types down, as we have to face it that we probably won’t get all the rubbish out in one go.
Which all makes me wonder why he’d be willing to drop down a division, to be honest.
A quick wiki search indicates that he signed for Bournemouth in August 2012. So doesn’t that mean he’s probably due to be out of contract and we should be able to get him on a free transfer?
Perhaps I’ve missed something.
I’ve read an article where Leeds are trying to muscle in on the move, but you’d have to suspect that they won’t be able to match the money we could offer him.
I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be another one who’s just coming for a final payday, like a certain few we’ve seen lately.
That’s cynical, I know, but it’s what the Villa have turned me into lately and I would hope that RDM has done some very good research on the player and knows 100% what he’s getting.
And then there’s Riley.
The Evening Mail have run a story where Xia comments about our stat-man and he certainly doesn’t seem to beat about the bush;
When asked what Riley’s future holds, Xia replied: “Honestly, everyone should agree with me, that he didn’t do too well.
So people should understand what he has to do, what responsibility he has to take.
But everybody should take full responsibility for what happened no matter what the situation.”
Well, I know what I think he should do and that is resign.
But I’m not convinced that’s what Xia means, although the article suggests that he’ll be relieved of his duties.
You’d expect that Xia has already had a chat with Riley, where perhaps he’s asked him to resign and Riley has refused in the hope that he’ll get paid off?
The “honestly” opening part of Xia’s comment is the part that confuses me. It’s almost as though he’s trying to convince us.
Perhaps it’s something to do with the language translation thing.
Whatever, while I can understand that some of the players he chose might actually have been amongst the better performers last season, the fact is that he apparently had the biggest say in signing the majority of new players in a side that finally relegated us.
I for one won’t be sorry to see him go.