Do any Villa fans think we’ll go down?
Robbie Savage has just tipped us, and while I and many others think we’ll be safe this year, there are still a number of Villa fans who seem to genuinely believe we might go down this year.
Savage has essentially said that the side is pretty much the same from last year, and he’s not sure whether or not Paul Lambert has enough talent to keep us up. I know what I think about that, and if McLeish can keep us up, then I’m hopeful that Lambert can. I don’t want anything to do with a relegation battle, it’s stressful for one, it makes writing this blog less fun and the online Villa community turns ugly.
I asked the question on Twitter if anyone thinks we’ll go down, and had these two replies:
‘Savage always predicts villa to do badly, most likely cos he’s an ex bluenose. #bitter #avfc #prideofthemidlands’
and from @AVFCBedders
‘Savage is the biggest waste of space, we wont go down for sure, i think Southampton Wigan Reading’
Personally speaking I think we’ll end up lower mid table, maybe around 12th and I’d be happy with that given the last few years. Anything above that position would be a definite bonus. There are Villa fans I’ve seen on other sites though that are quite concerned about our chances this year, citing reasons ranging from our small squad, to Lerner’s supposed lack of spending.
Whether these are the types of fans that are negative about everything Villa related or not, there are a few out there. Looking at our side, and while we still look frighteningly thin at some areas, I still think it’s an improvement from last season.
Lowton, El Ahmadi, Vlaar and Holman have come in, with Cuellar, Collins and Heskey the main players to leave. What will be really interesting is to see whether Lambert will use players like Hutton and Warnock, given that it must be clear to the pair of them that they have no real Villa future. The younger players have another year of experience, and while I don’t believe they can all make an impact, or indeed have the quality to do so, I still think players like Weimann, Herd, Gardner, Carruthers and others can be valuable members of the squad.
So does anyone actually believe we’ll go down like Savage has predicted? If not where do you think we’ll end up? I still hope we bring in a few new faces, we certainly need to and if we can, I think we’ll be in good shape.