It’s a big season for Villa & Dean Smith. Our owners have shown their ambition by again investing heavily in the playing squad. Now Dean Smith must push us on again. For me our recruitment has gone up a level this summer. We seem to have targeted that higher quality type of player which will not only fill the void left by Jack but also enable the club to kick on.
I am curious if the departure of Jack maybe raised concerns among the hierarchy. Did it make them think they needed to expedite their plan of qualifying for Europe. For fear of losing other key players down the line ? So it’s a big season for us in that sense, so we need to kick on.
Pushing for Europe
We know Danny Ings & Ashley Young bring a wealth of experience. But they offer little to no sell on value. The signing of these two clearly shows a shift in our recruitment policy of buying players with the potential to improve and increase in value.
It appears the club believe they can provide that quality to help our push for a European place. Both are excellent signings, surely our fans have to be happy we are adding these sorts of players into the mix. Danny Ings’ scoring record is phenomenal & Ashley Young ain’t come to make up the numbers, he’s more than a utility player.
Just like last season we have again taken the best player out of the championship. Last season it was Ollie Watkins. He scored 14 PL goals & could have 20 plus. This time we’ve taken Emi Buendia. I believe he will equally be a success and by the end of the season we will be saying what a bargain.
However the player that excites me the most out of all our new signings is Leon Bailey. He looks like a baller, I have no doubt he will get bums off their seats. It was only a couple of seasons ago he was being tracked by some of Europe’s biggest clubs. His value being touted then was more than double what we have paid. The idea that he turned down Man City to join Leverkusen because it was better for his development at the time brings a big smile to my face. I love him already for that alone.
It’s a big Season
I’ve seen so little of Morgan Sansom it’s impossible to form an opinion on him. So my only concern at present is that we’re a bit light in midfield, that’s where we need to strengthen before the window shuts. We have a solid defence with strong attacking options. We just need that player who can boss the midfield.Who has good ball retention. If we get that player then I see no reason why we cant get in that top six.
That said, given the ambition of our owners and the investment being put into our club. If we take a backward step and by that I mean we finish lower than last season’s eleventh place finish, then I wouldnt be surprised to see Dean Smith relieved of his duties.
Our opening game this weekend is against Watford. It has probably come just to soon for Emi Buendia & Leon Bailey. Emi is injured and so doubtful and Leon as been in isolation. So he’s not trained with the squad. So Newcastle is probably where they’re going to both feature.
Finally while the media are likely to see us as being weaker having lost Jack. Frank Lampard, knows our recruitment has been impressive this summer. He tipped us to be a surprise package like West Ham were last season.