Adam Gosciniak has had a look at the transfer activity and is fairly positive over it.
With the transfer window all over we can now take some time to actually evaluate the signings that we have made, and some of the exits. But in terms of staying positive I’ll just focus more on the newcomers rather than the outs.
One of my favourite signings of the transfer window, a very good goalkeeper and this has been proven with his massive Premier League experience and also for the fact that has been linked with Arsenal at the beginning of the transfer window. Already he has shown how good of a keeper he is, with brilliant saves against the likes of Fulham and Wolves. Already we have kept two clean sheets this season and let in only one goal. Costing at 3.5 million pounds, we have found a better replacement for Freidel and in my opinion a true bargain for Villa.
The player has been bought in for the reason to replace the likes of Downing and A. Young after their moves away from Villa Park. N’Zogbia hasn’t really made much of a mark on the Villa team and that maybe mainly because of fitness or he is yet to gel with the likes of Bent, Delph and Agbonlahor. However, the 9.5 million pound price tag is yet to be justified and with Arsenal signing Arteta for 10 million, I do have a couple of questions for McLeish about this signing. Although, it is for a fact he is more of a goal scorer rather than a creator and I think that McLeish is missing a trick with N’Zogbia and the way that he is playing him. I see him more of a replacement for Downing, because I still seriously believe that Marc Albrighton could become the new A. Young.
Was brought in on the final day of the transfer window and made way for L. Young. He did cost roughly 4.5 million pounds and to be honest, not really a bad deal. He has played for McLeish before so I do hope that he will do well and I do expect that to happen. I hope that he will be a bit attacking likewise Kyle Walker for Villa last season. I haven’t seen him play too much, mainly because he rarely started for Tottenham and because I haven’t followed the national games. But I expect him to make a mark on the Villa team and I think that he will make a real impact on the defence.
Another Tottenham player brought in on the last day of the transfer window and instead of a permanent transfer it is a season long loan. Jenas can be a decent player on his day; I still remember his goal against Arsenal in 2007 in the last minute. But he was brought in for more creativity and well, he hasn’t had a lot of game time but I hope that he will be able to make some sort of contribution to the Villa team. I am afraid that if he does perform well his price will double because this is Tottenham we are talking about, it’s impossible to sign a bargain of them.
Overall we spent a total of 17.5 Million pounds, a decent amount in my opinion if we look at other teams around our position. Whilst we have made a total off, 38.5 million, it may seem as though we have more money to spend. But I have read a few rumours that McLeish has been saving a bit of the money to spend in January. This could depend in what position we are in and how our team looks in terms of fitness and injuries. Trying to keep positive, I think that it hasn’t been the worst transfer window. We have signed a couple of decent players and I hope that they will be able to perform very well and hopefully we will achieve a top 10 finish.