Finally, we have another left back link
And the player is…….Blackburn Rovers’ Martin Olsson. It gets even better as well, as the story in the Mirror suggests that we’re going to offer Stephen Warnock in any deal, as well as a cheeky £2.5 million.
Now this to me would be an almost perfect bit of transfer dealing. To be able to get rid of a player on good wages, who not many Villans rate and another one of this ‘old guard’ and replace him with someone like Olsson would do me nicely.
Olsson is 24, he gets forward well and I think he’d be a perfect addition to our new look defence. I remember that great overhead/scissor kick he scored against us in that mad League Cup semi a few years ago, and if we were able to bring him in, I think he could do very well in a Paul Lambert system.
He actually made his debut for Blackburn as a replacement for Warnock, and for Warnock, he arguably played some of his best football of his career at Rovers. Would he go back? Hard to say, and the report states that he would rather stay in the Premiership, with Sunderland naturally linked. If he were to drop down to the Championship though, you’d have to imagine that Rovers would be one of the only sides he’d consider, and I expect them to do well this year. Not sure what their financial situation is like, but I seem to remember they’ve spent a bit this summer. Olsson doesn’t seem to want to play for them, and didn’t feature in their draw against Ipswich this past weekend.
Despite all the grief Warnock gets I think he could do a decent enough job for someone, and as I keep coming back to, if we could pull off a deal like this, it would be a great bit of business on our part in my opinion. Here is a bit of the report:
‘Paul Lambert is ready to pay £2.5million AND Stephen Warnock to lure Martin Olsson from Blackburn.
Aston Villa boss Lambert will rival Stoke in the battle to sign Sweden international left-back Olsson, who has handed in a transfer request at Ewood Park following Rovers’ relegation from the Premier League.
And Lambert is prepared to throw in Warnock – a Lancashire lad and a Blackburn player from 2007-09 – as part of the deal after telling the former England defender he has no future at Villa.’
We’ve been linked to young left backs at Ipswich and Middlesbrough this summer, and while people seem to rate them, I can’t say I know too much about them personally. Someone like Olsson, a proven Premiership performer would be more of a safe bet I feel, and is a player I really think could do well.
What do you all think of the link? Rate him? Or rather we look elsewhere?
As per, let us know.