Despite the season starting very soon, there are still a number of weeks left in the transfer window. Aston Villa have shown a willingness to spend money this summer and the squad looks to be improved. But there's no reason to stop now. We can still spend a bit more.
Q: We've seen Aston Villa splash the cash a bit more this summer. What player, within reason, do you want Aston Villa to spend some money on and sign?
The easy answer is Charlie Austin, right? But I'm not too convinced that he fits into Sherwood's plans, so I'll say Esteban Cambiasso. He was the consummate leader at Leicester last season in addition to being really quite great. And while he's a bit old, he could certainly give a year or two in central midfield and add the sort of leadership that Villa are lacking outside of Micah Richards right now.
I know a lot of people are looking for another centre-forward but I'd actually prefer to see a wide forward out on the right who could play in a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1, but also centrally. It would fix some of the issues that we had about being lopsided down the left last season and allow us to really see if Bacuna or Hutton can do something on the offensive side, when they can combine with someone.
For that reason I was a huge fan of the Adem Ljajic link from Roma who despite being left-footed often starts on the right and cuts inside, can switch flanks and score goals. Put him in with Carles Gil, Jack Grealish, Scott Sinclair and Jordan Ayew? Suddenly we've got the kind of young, creative, double-sided attack that is a universe away from Lambert-ball.
I'm probably in the minority of Villa fans with my choice, but I'd love to see Ashley Young back at Villa Park. He'd fit into Sherwood's positive and attacking style and he'd give Villa two things the current squad is severely lacking in: crossing and experience. He has one year left on his Manchester United deal, and with Louis van Gaal trying to buy more attacking players, Young might need a move to have any chance of going to the Euros with England. The transfer fee wouldn't be too high, but Villa would likely have to push their wage structure to make it happen.
Kids got everything we need. Make it happen Sherwood. I'd also not be opposed to the rumoured Austin move.
I really couldn't think of a good answer, so I'm cheating a little bit by saying Ciaran Clark. Alex wrote a great article on this situation a few weeks ago. He's earned a new contract, he's an important player for this season and beyond, and I just can't stand these bids from West Brom. Pay the man, keep him at the club, everybody's happy.
It's a tough one really. I'm reasonably pleased with what Tim's been doing so far, and it looks set to continue with Adebayor and Veretout heavily linked. But if I could have us sign any one player, I'd say Crystal Palace's Jon Williams. He's young and a homegrown player, and capable of playing in central and attacking midfield. But mostly because he's Welsh and I'm a bit biased!
I don't want Charlie Austin in, contrary to most opinions. *ducks for cover*
Since I'm not imaginative, and don't want to think too hard, the Sergi Darder link or someone along that line would work pretty well for me. Young player at a position he could feasibly come in and start straightaway at. That'd be neat.
Assuming we sign Adebayor and a central midfielder (Veretout?) I think the next step is to buy a decent right back. Bacuna is half decent going forward but appalling in defence, Hutton is ok defensively but pretty shoddy in possession. I don't think either is adequate for a team that wants to avoid a relegation battle. I'd like to see us sign Sam Byram from Leeds - he's got a year left on his contract, lots of potential and a move to Villa would be a good move for him.
I'm generally in agreement with everyone else: Cambiasso would be great, Austin is a pipe dream, and a right back. More than anything, I would really like a quality right back. That's not to say I wouldn't want a midfielder. A Veretout (fingers crossed), Will Hughes, Sergi Darder, or any other potentially great midfielder would be spectacular, but there's a real weakness at right back. While slightly out there, I'd like to see Seamus Coleman play for Villa. It would require some shuffling and he's not cheap, but in the interest of being contrarian, I'd be for it.
Well since this question was sent out, the Veretout rumor emerged, so he currently leads my wish list, whereas he wasn't on my radar a week ago.
But my answer is Charlie Austin. I know the arguments against him. I know the arguments for bringing in Adebayor, but I'd still rather Austin. I'm a worrier about Villa, and I find myself worried about the options up front. Austin can score goals at the Premier League level, which we can't really say about anyone we have now. I'm cautiously optimistic about Jordan Ayew, but still. I know the squad has been improved, and on paper this is a far better team than the one we last saw. But until the club shows me on the field that I shouldn't, I will forever worry about them, and right now I have slight worries about scoring goals. And I think Austin would help with that. Very un-creative answer of me, but oh well.
Those are our answers and now we want to hear from you. What player or players do you want to see the club bring in?