Aston Villa have had an exceptionally busy summer. Under the leadership of Roberto Di Matteo and the funding of Tony Xia, the club have brought in nine new players and sent nine packing (not counting releases and youngsters). The action continued into today with Albert Adomah and Adama Traoré switching places between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.
But now it appears as if Villa’s summer business has come to a close. Numerous sources are reporting that Villa have no more moves pending, which really shouldn’t surprise us. Many of the issues this club had have been addressed, and others were likely never in the cards.
If there is any disappointment to be had, it’s that players like Gabby Agbonlahor and Micah Richards are still around, despite people so badly wanting to see them leave. For Gabby, a move apparently fell through, and that’s a shame for everyone involved. He could have had a new start, Villa fans could have started the process of forgetting our bitterness, and his new club could have tried to salvage something.
As for Richards, despite the fact that he is widely disliked, he does provide valuable cover to three of the four back line positions. That sort of depth is something that Villa are short on. If he’s our first option, that’s bad. If he’s third-choice, suddenly that doesn’t seem crazy.
We’ll let you know if anything changes. Remember, last year we thought everything was done and Tiago Illori made his way south from Liverpool. And well...