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I expect Downing & Tuncay to be joining shortly. Downing fee agreed how he will pass a medical I don't know but I recon Tuncay will be sold to villa in the coming days.
The fact we are allowing Knight to leave can only mean we have 2 defenders lined up as we wouldn't let him leave if we didn't have deals in place. So Sol Campbell and Distan will be with us by the end of the month.
I also get a feeling for either King and Lesley two Welshmen or Naughton and Delph two Yorkshire men.

I also get a feeling it will be two players signed from spurs Bentley and another maybe Huddlestone or Jenas hopefully not Bent as I would rather sign Tuncay.

Reason I believe in this is MON likes the players to settle quickly and having a familiar face only aids that. He paired Carew and Young together when they joined but apart from that you have Harewood and Reo-Coker and also Carson and Milner joined in the same window (both came through Leeds academy together) and last season Shorey and Sidwell.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

Whilst I understand it's important to have an English spine to a Premier league team why does O'Neil predominantly sign English players???

It's no secret that English players are technically inferior to players on the continent. Look at when England played Spain recently, it was painfully obvious.

In the modern game you have to look at players from all over Europe and not just players from the country where the league is based.

I can't see Villa ever making it into the top four with this short sighted approach to transfers.





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posted Jul 17, 2009

Downing's a good player. He's got a lot more than just a sweet left foot.

Tuncay would be a great signing for Villa. I think he's a fantastic footballer and I'm surprised Champions League clubs haven't gone for him. He's a class act.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

I personally think MON buys English because he knows they are going to be able to compete in the prem. technique is all well and good but you have to have the work ethic and be of the correct character to play under MON at villa.

I also feel it's a bit of a gesture towards the FA who chose Steve McLaren over MON for the England job. Many people say it's daft that MON would do this but all you have to do is look at the players purchased only a few are foreign.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

That's a fair comment O'Neil's English core.

Don't get me wrong by giving English players a chance he is doing something very unique and should be commended for doing so.

But I just think you boys are missing a a trick and ignoring some better options that could be available to you.

I know this example is very extreme but you boys are paying the same for Downing as what United paid for Ronaldo.

I think like Nicky Shorey and Marlon Harewood have been bought because of their nationality and not their ability.

These sort of players aren't good enough for a club of Villa's stature and had you looked abroad you could have got players of a much higher quality for the same money. Yes it might take time for them to adapt but give me technique and ability over nationality any day.


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posted Jul 17, 2009

O'Neil could also be buying British because it's so difficult to buy top class players from abroad.

He's building at Villa and he's bringing in players who are easier to get.

Maybe in time, he'll start bringing more and more foreign players in.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

how did he pass his medical with his foot in the cast

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posted Jul 17, 2009

hope middlesbrough get money+Knight for tuncay from villa

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posted Jul 17, 2009

People are still missing the point. The idea behind the English players is commercial. Villa are becoming the second team of choice for most fans. That means we'll have a greater following than most of the foreign stuffed teams and having a 'follwing' is having people willing to go to games, buy shirts and promote and support your side. I'm pretty sure this is what the plan is - make us second team of choice and like most fickle fans they'll follow us when we win something. It's long term but Man U did it as a result of the Munich aircrash and we can do it by being English.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

iam glad he has gone he done nothing last season at least johson will get his game now cheers

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posted Jul 17, 2009

iam glad he has gone he done nothing last season at least johson will get his game now cheers

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