After the weather earlier the title is quite appropriate I think.
Euro 2012 is nearing the completion, scouts have their reports on players involved. Managers and players are getting set for a return to pre season training and transfer plans are being advanced. We will soon see as we approach July 1st a lot transfers start to happen, the fun is about to begin.
For us we already have one player signed, one looks almost certain to join and a number released. We all know where the gaps are and who we may want to see leave and who to arrive (within the budget of course). We will also have our ideas on players coming in. I have seen a few say we should trust Lambert in every signing but if I believe a player is not good enough I will say so.
On Holman and El Almadi I can not offer a view on these players as I have not seen them. Certainly they fit the profile of being in the right age range and to some extent ‘bargains’. These are the type of signings because of the cheap cost can not fail but can easily be large successes and for me Holman could be the real star.
There are some players I certainly do not want to see at Villa, Whittingham, Steve Davis and Naismith easily spring to mind in this category. We do need squad players but also they have to be good enough for the PL and I do not believe these are, no doubt others will disagree.
One that has been mentioned for example is Joey Barton – LINK can not think of player more likely to destroy the positive mood around the club.
So the pre season will soon start to ramp up and we will have plenty to discuss. No one can say with any certainty how Lambert (in terms of formation) will line the team up and which will be the first 11 starters. This is truly a new era as we will see a large turnover of players and certainly the back room staff.
Season Ticket sales are reflecting this.