ASTON VILLA GET TWO NEW PLAYERS

Aston Villa have continued with adding more experienced players to the team this summer.


The Championship side signed Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan and then agreed terms with free agent Christopher Samba.

The 33-year old Whelan agreed to a two year deal. He has 336 caps for Stoke and has featured 81 times for the Republic of Ireland. The player joined the Potters from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2008 for £500,000. He scored six times in his stay there, including the famous 90-minute equalizer at Villa Park in 2009.

Samba, 33, left his Greek employers Panathinaikos earlier this year. He spent his pre-season with the club before agreeing to a year deal. He has experience playing for Blackburn and Queen Park Rangers. He moved to England to play for the Rovers from Hertha Berlin in 2007. He netted 18 times in 186 games for Blackburn. (more…)


VILLA REJECT BID FOR FRENCH STAR

Aston Villa are trying their best not to release French star Jordan Amavi on the cheap. The French striker, who is attracting interests in the market. Liverpool were reportedly linked with the player in the past, and now several sides have opened up lines of communication with the player, including Spanish Primera Liga outfit Sevilla.

Amavi is on the transfer list as manager Steve Bruce does not see what other see in him. Marca claims that La Liga side Sevilla asked that Aston Villa transfer the player to them for £5.3 million but Villa say they would not release him for anything less than £9 million. Villa paid that amount for the player barely two years ago so the club chief Tony Xia wants something close. (more…)


Aston Villa keen on reunion with Hull City Defender

Aston Villa have been linked with a potential move for Hull City’s Ahmed Elmohamady following the Tigers’ relegation from the top flight.


The Egypt international previously plyed his trade under Bruce at the KCOM Stadium before the latter switched clubs due to a disagreement over the transfer plans last summer.Elmohamady, who currently has two years left on his contract, admitted in February that he was gutted by the Englishman’s exit, but wishes him well on his fresh challenge at Villa Park.

“He’s a big manager, one of the most experienced in England, and it was very, very disappointing when he left,” he told The Guardian.

“The fans were disappointed, the players were disappointed, but it was to do with the board and you can’t do anything with it. He’s doing a great job now with Villa so I wish him all the best, and I don’t know what is going to happen in the future.” (more…)


Aston Villa is slowly recovering from their mediocre start of the season

Aston Villa kicked off their 2016-17 English League Championship campaign by suffering 3 defeats, 7 draws and only 1 victory from their 11 initial league matches.


It’s because of this slow start of the season that Aston Villa was drowning in the bottom spots of the 2nd tier English League.

For the past few weeks, Steve Bruce and his squad have started to collect more points on a consistent basis and have slowly been recovering from their underwhelming start of campaign.

The latest league match of Aston Villa saw them claiming a 2-0 triumph over Wigan Athletic in a match that was played on March 18 and this victory was their 5th triumph out of their 6 latest games. (more…)


BRUCE – NEW SIGNINGS CAN HANDLE PRESSURE AT VILLA

Steve Bruce has come out to defend his signings as the team’s woeful performance continues.


The Villa boss has supervised five losses in the last nine games despite starting with a stellar record of seven games undefeated. The coach defended his signings, saying any that joined the club and prospective ones were capable of handling the pressure at a club like Aston Villa before they were signed.

Three straight losses without any goal is threatening the fine start of the manager. The FA Cup exit, the 13th spot on the current Championship log and 10 points off the play-off spot is a bad omen for Bruce who might also get evicted from his seat as Villa are desperate for the quickest return to top flight English football.

“If there’s been a falling, we’ve just bought and bought and bought. It’s just piled and piled and piled that has not improved. But we are a big scalp. Everyone wants to beat us in this division. I have to be 100% right that the people who we are bringing to the club can handle playing for Aston Villa, Bruce was quoted to have said. (more…)


ASTON VILLA LINKED WITH HULL CITY FORWARD

Aston Villa have been linked with Hull City forward Abel Hernandez.


Sources from Italy report that the English side want to make a move for the player in the January transfer window. The reports say Steve Bruce is impressed with the performance of the striker and wants to add him to the team when the opportunity presents itself.

The 26-year old Uruguay international is supposed to lead the front row attack when current strikers who are Africans return to play the African Cup of Nations in the New Year. The player was speculated massively during the summer but the deal did not happen. Villa would likely go the extra mile when the next transfer window opens.

Bruce would be hoping that the core of the team that played during the last international window this year return without injuries. A large chunk of the team travelled for various World Cup qualifying campaigns and/or international friendlies but Bruce would be hoping they all come back unscathed as they continue the season.

Already when Aston Villa visit Amex on Friday, they would be without Mile Jedinak. The midfielder would be on international duty for Australia and Bruce feels he would not have enough time to recover before the trip; hence, there are plans for his replacement.

Jedinak’s likely replacement is any of Ashley Westwood, Leandro Bacuna, Tommy Elphick or Aaron Tshibola. Westwood remains the most likely as a tested player. Where there has been openings say due to injuries, Westwood has always helped.

Bacuna has the edge due to his energy and drive. Injury made his miss the last two games. If he passes a final fitness test ahead of the clash, Bruce might give him the nod. Tshibola and Elphick are options however unlikely.


PETROV BELIEVES HE CAN COACH ASTON VILLA

The former Aston Villa midfielder, Stiliyan Petrov is sure that one day he will manage his former club Aston Villa, but insists he is not ready to succeed Roberto Di Matteo who was recently sacked.


The winner of UCL at Chelsea, Di Matteo was sacked by Villa this week, with the club sitting 19th in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

The 37-year old was forced to retire from playing football in 2013 after being diagnosed with acute leukemia while he remains the fans’ favorite at Villa Park.

After failing to return to action with Villa following his illness, Petrov believes he can divert into coaching, nevertheless, he will not be putting himself in the frame for the Villa job this time around.

“I have always been honest with myself and I know that I am not ready for that job,” he told talkSPORT. “I know one day I will become Villa manager, but it is way too early for me. They need a good manager, an experienced manager, who can bring stability to the club. It is about results. If you don’t get results, you obviously don’t stay in your job.”
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Lescott to leave for Rangers

Aston Villa defender JoleonLescott is currently in talks with Scottish side Rangers for a possible move before the end of the transfer window.


The player who has signed a new two-year deal with Aston Villa last season has yet to make an appearance for them this season and might be interested in moving to Rangers.

JoleonLescott has some good experience of the Premier League and European football after having played for both Everton and Manchester City. Rangers will benefit from having a player of this quality in their team. JoleonLescott has also played for the England team where he has made 26 appearances.

It is believed that Ranger’s manager Mark Warburton has traveled personally to meet the player and has presented him with the current vision of the club. Warburton believes that Lescott will add some experience at the back and may help Rangers compete in the Scottish league. He stated that he has always been an admirer of the player and that he believes that the player can play for a few more years at the highest level.
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Grealish wants to help Aston Villa

Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish said that he wants to do everything he can to help the team get back to the Premier League.


He said that he is ready to fight for the team, and he wants to become an inspiration to others. He believes that if each player put their strength together and show determination on the pitch, they will be able to make it back to the Premier League.

Jack Grealish was only a peripheral figure last season where he only managed to make 9 appearances for the team. However, he is desperate for change this season and wants to form part of the core players that will bring the team back to the Premier League.

He acknowledges that he is not a great leader off the pitch. He is not someone that will raise his voice on the pitch or in the changing room, but he wants to show the way by improving his performance on the pitch. He said that he is an attacking player and that the only way for him to contribute and inspire others is by scoring goals and creating assists.
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ASTON VILLA SET TO BREAK THE BANK IN BIGGEST SUMMER TRANSFER SPENDING

Recently relegated English Premier League club, Aston Villa are gearing up for the biggest summer of spending in the club’s history, according to owner Tony Xia.


The Chinese tycoon revealed his plans for Villa on Wednesday in a live Q and A session with CNN on their Facebook page in which he detailed the large financial commitment the new investors are prepared to make.

Dr Xia, whose deal to buy the club for a reported £70million is waiting to be ratified by the Premier League and the Football League, made it clear that Villa will spend big on transfers this summer to be reinstalled among England’s elite. Dr Xia told CNN:

“We have a deposit, more than £100m cash in an account in England.

“We aim to be promoted in one season. That’s the major task for next season. We hope we can do it.”

Just last summer Aston Villa spent £55m in one of the clubs most expensive-ever transfer windows, even though they were later sent to the championships with their relegation which is the first since 1987. Still that amount is just over half of what could be the investment in 2016, if the plans go through. (more…)