Shock horror as clubs aren’t lining up for our castoffs!
We all fancy ourselves as managers, but sometimes it isn’t as easy as deciding you want rid of a player, a club comes in, gives you money and all is right with the world. That appears to be the case today as Paul Lambert has revealed to the Birmingham Mail that at the present moment, there have been no bids for any of our players.
“Your phone never stops, even with the time difference, but at this moment in time the boys are doing good.
“Being over here makes it a bit more difficult because of the time difference and where you are.”
To be fair, when I looked at what we needed and what I wanted to see from the Villa this summer, Lambert has gone about things in a very encouraging manner. We needed a defensive midfielder, and in El Ahmadi we might have signed a gem. We needed a right back and Lowton has come in with a number of positive things said about him. Holman was signed by McLeish, but he certainly fits a need and I really think he could be a major player this season. For me I think we could do with another striker, a winger and one or two defenders (not asking much I know!).
It’s been reported that wages have been brought down to a more manageable level, and while it may not be a question of one in, one out, it’s clear that if we were to sign someone like Vlaar for example, we’d have to get rid of another defender.
We may all want Hutton to move on, but if we can see his faults, then you can be sure as hell that other managers and clubs can as well. I still struggle to think of a club that would come in for him, and while it be nice to get a couple of million for him, sadly it’s not that simple.
Collins is another one that has been linked with a move away, and while I think he’d be more appealing to clubs, again he might be hard to move on. Still all of this is encouraging, and Lambert continues to do all the right things. The thing with a number of these players is that wages are high (probably more true with Collins who was signed during the MON mad period) and this might put clubs off even further.
Hopefully soon enough the Vlaar transfer will be completed, and we do get interest in our players that are no longer required, adding some cash while further bringing down wages. Wouldn’t that be nice?!