Aston Villa are flying in the English Premier League this season and are 6th in the table. Although no one at the club is considering playing in the UEFA Champions league next season, all now are convinced that a UEFA Cup is very much a probability. And manager Martin O’Neil knows that too but he is cautious about the future.
Goal.com quotes the Ulsterman as saying that he fears that his current Villa squad is not capable enough of coping with the demands and pressures of European football and acknowledges the urgent need to strengthen the squad should the Villains foster any ambition of leaving a mark in Europe.
We still have time to adjust our squad in time to compete in Europe – but we couldn’t cope with that now. I think that is pretty obvious. We have 22 players to choose from at the moment, three of which are goalkeepers while Steve O’Halloran is out on loan so we haven’t the strength to cope with that yet. The size of the squad is something we are going to try to address if we can. We are working on bringing players in. It was hard enough last year. It is not easy.
Martin O’Neill has truly worked wonders at Villa Park and it is only fair to him that he is given the cash to sign some decent players this month so as to enlarge his promising Aston Vila unit.