It’s been a busy week for Aston Villa and Tim Sherwood. They’ve added a fair amount but ended up losing two vital players, yet they have time to not be cannon fodder for yet another season.
Starting off with Fabien Delph, who I praised last week for turning down Manchester City, reversing his reversed decision. He leaves a club he told just a week ago he was proud to lead, going to a club that will guarantee him no more than 20 games should no-one get injured and whilst he did help Villa get a bit of money for his departure, it was still a very strange move.
It’s a key year for Delph, should he want to go to Euro 2016, and he now has to prove that all the hassle he’s created this summer was worth it. Otherwise, he’ll end up as another underutilised English talent in the blue side of Manchester.
Then came the news last night of the inevitable departure of Christian Benteke. Whilst he had a real renaissance this season, everyone knew the Belgian would eventually move on and to get a sizeable fee from Liverpool makes this look like great business.
Yes, Benteke helped fire Aston Villa up the league late last season but with the money from his transfer, Villa will be able to strengthen in a number of positions. If they want to avoid the annual debacle they have become, they need to make moves all over the pitch in order to rebuild.
They started that with two signings from Ligue 1 in Jordan Amavi and Idrissi Gueye. The latter is a talented midfielder, able to hold and play as a box-to-box player that will add extra dynamism to the middle of the park, especially after Delph’s departure.
The latter should be seen as an incredible coup, Amavi is a very highly regarded talent in French football and had a superb season in Ligue 1 last year. Bigger teams were in for the young left-back, including the likes of Lyon, and he could even push for a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad, it could be the best piece of business of the summer.
Adding that mix to the intriguing talent they already have in the likes of Jack Grealish and other players they’ve brought through the door in Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards, Villa are an intriguing team going into the new season.
They have the money to improve now, although teams know they have the money to spend but there is talent out there for them to poach. With other mid-table sides making considerable moves, Villa need to find a few more pieces or the good moves they’ve made this summer will be for naught.
And for heaven’s sake, don’t sign Emmanuel Adebayor.