Could the transfer window prove a turning point in Aston Villa's season?
Following an exceptional start to the 2014/15 Premier League campaign Aston Villa found themselves second in the table after four games, following three victories and a draw, however things soon plummeted downhill at Villa Park as they went eight matches without a victory and made it a challenge work to find goals from anywhere.
It didn’t take long for the Villa faithful to turn on manager Paul Lambert and fans soon called for him to be dismissed as his struggling side have only scored 11 goals in 22 league matches, the worst goalscoring record out of any team in any of Europe’s top five major leagues.
However, Chairman Randy Lerner finally removed his wallet from his back pocket and has allowed the club to bring in some new faces in an attempt to abolish their abysmal performances in front of goal. Villa signed Spaniard Carles Gil from Valencia on January 13th and the midfielder has already started to pay back his £3.2 million transfer fee after scoring a sensational long range goal his full debut in Villa’s FA Cup fourth round victory against Bournemouth which also restored some faith in the fans after the team finally scored.
Only 22 years old Gil has stores mass amounts of potential and could help to kick-start Villa’s poor season which he showed in the cup tie with the flair he shows in his attacking abilities. Prior to the kick-off against Championship leaders Bournemouth, centre midfielder Fabian Delph announced he had signed a new four and a half year deal which was a huge relief for everyone involved with the club after fans feared off his departure for a more prestigious clubs such as Tottenham and Liverpool who showed interest. With the new contract announcement, Gil’s stunning goal and progression into the fifth round of the FA Cup it seems as though things seemed to fall into place at Villa Park and they can only improve.
Negotiations with Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is back on the cards after a deal seemed to be off, Villa have revived interest although the winger has struggled ever since leaving Swansea in 2012 and has only played 20 times since and has failed to score… So why would Villa bring him in?
Sinclair hasn’t appeared to be hungry for game time but a move to Villa could redeem both his own and Villa’s potential, Villa are still set to bolster their attacking options and out of favour at City, Sinclair could help to breathe new life into his own career and Villa’s future. If a deal was secured it would be for the potential Sinclair possesses and Lambert could rejuvenate the form which he displayed week in week out at Swansea scoring 28 times in 82 appearances. The deal is set to be a loan for the rest of the season and whoever actually is in charge of Villa come May could have the option to buy on a long term deal if they like what they see of Sinclair.
Rumours have flung around also that Villa are in competition with Hull City to complete the signature of Senegalese and Besiktas talisman Demba Ba, Ba has scored 14 goals in 20 appearances for the Turkish club this season and could be the final piece of the jigsaw that Villa are missing. Falling short of goals this season a partnership of Demba Ba and Benteke up front is one that sounds lethal and would scare any defence at any level of football with the potential the two posses, and should Sinclair be added to the squad on the flanks along with Gil, this will just add extra reinforcement into Villa’s strike force. However, the question remains, would Lerner be willing to invest in a striker with wage demands over £80,000 per-week, pursuing Ba’s signature would surely rule off any chance of relegation and Villa meeting in the same context so could this just be the wisest pursuit of Villa’s busy transfer window, or can Villa only dream of a Ba and Benteke strike force?
Ultimately, the signing of Gil alone is not enough to be a change to Villa’s season, but with the potential deals that lye ahead, this could just be Villa’s most successful transfer window in the last decade or so should we seal both Sinclair and Ba. The attacking nature and ability of the strike force simply doesn’t compete or even come close to the fan’s ambitions any more so a gamble in a heavy investment could prove the key to be a turning point in Villa’s campaign.
Delph’s new contract has provided the stability in the midfield and provided the momentum for Villa to defeat Bournemouth, now could a cup run for Villa also help to rejuvenate the side and receive the backing of all fans, scoring two goals in a game for only the third time this season was a huge sigh of relief for Villa Park and now has given the fans some relief. After the new signing of Gil, the contract of Delph and a couple more potential signings before the transfer window ends, if things fall in place for Villa their season could completely flip and there is no reason to as why they cant push for a top 10 finish, lying just seven points behind 10th place.
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