So twenty four hours after the transfer window "banged shut" what do we make of the events of the last day and the effect it will have on Aston Villa and our season ahead?
Well first lets look at what actually happened yesterday at Villa.
We all woke up to the many many rumors that were circulating and I like many tried to avoid the rumors. But it was not that easy the first real bit of Villa related gossip was that of Joe Cole. It was announced that he was heading for France to play for french champions Lille then our name was thrown into the mix about taking him on loan. Was this really ever going to happen, personally i couldn't see it and to be honest i was glad when i heard it was not happening and he was still going to France.
By noon all the Villa fans were starting to get worried as there was only 11 hours left till the close of the window? Would our depleted squad be added to???
Then the news came through of our first deal.........................
An Irish player from Shamrock Rovers and plays LB or CB however he won't be joining us until January.
The constant link through the day was Spurs RB Alan Hutton. That was one position we did have to strengthen after selling Luke Young to QPR earlier in the month. Yes i know we have youngsters who can play the position but i personally do not feel they are at the adequate standard to play week in week out currently. The question is will Hutton be ready to take over the first team mantle. From the Spurs fans i have spoke to they seem to think we have a good deal with him. He likes to get forward when he can and could provide a good overlap with CNz i just hope that he doesn't expose us at the back to often when he does this.
Just before 11pm last night we had news of confirmation of two Spurs players Joining Villa
The Hutton deal was completed for a fee believed to be in the region of 3-4 million along with that we also completed the loan signing of Jermaine Jenas till the end of the season.
He could be an interesting signing. He certainly has the potential to still make an impact at PL level. But if we give him the chance who will be sacrificed??? You have to think Heskey is the obvious choice. But will AM do that or will he drop Petrov or Delph? There will be uproar if Delph is dropped after his fine start to the season.
Jenas could be a good signing though. And worse comes to worse at least he is depth to the squad just hope it does not limit Barry Bannans playing time as we really don't want to lose him. Can not deal with another Gary Cahill situation
Elsewhere i thought the other two main stories on Transfer deadline day were the Everton and Stoke stories.
Starting with Everton. They kept hold of Jagielka yes but due to their debts had their hands tied when Arsenal came in for Arteta. Along with selling him they also sold Yakubu to Blackburn and Beckford To Leicester. Which leaves them with as far as i know. One recognized striker, Injury prone Louis Saha.
Also Stoke tried their lucky with a cheeky bid for Tim Cahill to go along with their signings of Peter Crouch. Who will be in his element with the Delap throw. But i think their best signing was that of Palacios for 8 million, I really rate him and would Villa to have made a bid for him.
My Best Transfer day signing though was for me Dann to Blackburn Rovers, a major coup for Rovers but i don't think it will be enough to keep them up.
I think Villa fans should be fairly happy with the our dealings in the transfer window. Given, N'zogbia, Stevens, Hutton and Jenas. I know we are not signing the players that some fans want us to sign. But however with our financial situation and the much talked about 'wage bill' i think they are decent signings and i cant see why we shouldn't be in the top 8 come the end of the season and then build from there with a better wage structure when the FFP comes into play
My final thing to say is Good luck to all the Villa Players away on International duty, I hope they all get a game, play well but the main thing is, keep fit for the Everton game when the PL season recommences.