Silly season is upon us, it’s that time of year when we’re linked, to all and sundry. In most cases, that’s 99.9% of the time, it only ends up as speculation, but it’s exciting and fun. It’s become something of a game to me. Trying to validate a rumour or report before tossing it aside and labelling it as speculation.
Obviously, as time goes by, silence can be worrying and frustrating. So it’s always good to see your club active early on. Then you can sit back and convince yourself their working on other deals and they just take time. The bottom line is unless your club splashes out serious cash, agents, and players will play the waiting game. That said, I do expect Villa to Flex its financial muscle and spend big this window but only on quality.
Anyhow, forget silly season for a moment. Back to the final day of the season. It seemed pretty pointless writing another new leader post for the final day. After all, I had written about the West-Ham game two days earlier. What was I going to write or cover that you had not read or said yourself prior?. I suppose I could have always self-praised. Sat down and wrote some incoherent self-importance crap of how right I was over my bowl of corn flakes and passed it off as a leader post, but that’s not my style. Bottom line is we all knew what was needed, following our incredible result against Arsenal.
Kicking Every Ball
I’m sure we all went through similar emotions on the final day, from pulling our hair out, too biting our nails. Screaming at the tv, flicking across channels to get updates on scores elsewhere. Oh, what a day it was, I kicked every ball and the relief when finally hearing the final whistle. I’m glad to say most of us enjoyed the moment and occasion. And I’m pretty sure I was not the only Villa fan who woke up with a hangover.
Final Day Emotions & Moans Of Villa Fans
But I will never understand some of our fans mindsets. The ones who sneered and scoffed because the players celebrated obtaining survival, why was it so wrong?. Especially after the emotions, those very same fans must have just endured throughout the 90minutes. What did they do when the final whistle went? act like lunatics I suspect like the rest of us.
It must have been so sweet for the players when the news finally came through they had achieved survival. I know we saw them in the circle live on TV, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Given that the players and everyone connected with the club will have made huge sacrifices, during the lockdown. Especially our foreign players not able to go see family members. So It’s hardly surprising they let their emotions go in the changing room. What we witnessed were pure joy and relief, because against all the odds, and after they had been written off by so many, they accomplished the impossible in very difficult circumstances.
Praise For Dean Smith & Suso Departs
I think Dean Smith deserves full credit for getting the players up for the final four battles. I think it also proves the players want to play for him. So the previous talk of him losing the dressing room when results were going against us was crap. All things considered, It was nothing short of a miracle we survived.
Then this week after much speculation, Suso became the first casualty of the shakeup. Whatever your opinion of Suso there is no denying that under his time at Villa, we won promotion and then consolidated in our first season back. Plus the academy structures have had something of a makeover. But it’s also true a picture paints a thousand words.
No Surprise Really
Rightly or wrongly the decision was made personally, I am glad we’re striving to improve, even if it’s at Suso expense or anyone else connected to the club for that matter. Remember no one person is bigger than the club. I think it’s quite telling that no fans seemed surprised on hearing about Suso departure. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the player’s, Suso was partially responsible for purchasing last summer. Who comes good, who we make a profit on?. We’re all aware of the numbers which were needed last summer. And the budget available for the wholesale changes, because of needing to adhere to ffp.
So It’s back to the silly season for a few weeks, I am expecting to see 4 quality additions arrive at Villa Park this summer, and one or two potentials. But given that our new sporting director Johan Lange as just arrived who knows, regardless It seems Villa has been proactive with the sporting director post being filled almost immediately. I hope our transfer targets arrive at a similar speed. But If not, I will just tell myself we’re working on deals and these things just take time. ?