Good bit of business
Aston Villa were the Premier League’s biggest spenders on a busy transfer deadline day that produced the expected flurry of signings but no big surprise moves. Martin O’Neill’s side strengthened their defence with the signing of Richard Dunne and James Collins from Manchester City and West Ham United respectively. Both players cost a reported £5million. (Times Online)
Other sources quote the Dunne deal as valued at £6m but who’s arguing. Good pair of decent centre backs but the question is, how can all of these fit in at Villa Park? Martin O’Neill now has Curtis Davies, Habib Beye, Richard Dunne, Carlos Cuellar and James Collins. Admittedly Dunne and Cuellar can also play in other positions but not sure exactly how all are going to be used effectively.
Back to back wins against Liverpool and Fulham have put the club’s season back on track but they were cruelly knocked out in the Europa League and will be hoping the club can achieve a similar level of success to last seasons sixth place finish.