It doesn't feel like a normal summer but it does seem as if there is a degree of common sense filtering into how things should be done at the Club. And how things should be done is slowly.
The Club confirmed a few moments ago that a fee has been agreed for Emiliano Buendia and that after his match on Tuesday, he will undergo a medical and complete the transfer. It's good news right?
Hand on heart, I don't know much about the player. But it's a fair amount of cash, Arsenal were after him and he is currently with the Argentina national team preparing for a World Cup qualifying match. But there will be a few that talk about him with a knowledge you didn't knew they had or you could just wait until he's played 15 games to form your own opinion.
And there is also talk that we're after James Ward-Prowse from Southampton and also that there will not be much more business done this summer. And that is the common sense part that I like. Too many new players would create too much disruption. Players need to be brought in slowly and on purpose.
We got better last season than the season before. If we bring in two players this summer and get better next season, I'll be happy. I don't think there can be an Aston Villa supporter not happy when we get better than the season before. So we should all be happy with this.
It's also about keeping the players we have
And while new players are good. You could easily say that more disruption would come if we lost a player, so it's important that the players we have our kept. Fortunately, things look good in that department too, so I'll write nothing more on the topic for now. However with this tournament coming up, I suspect things could change and by change I mean, just me writing on the topic. I still think all will be staying.
And seeing as there is a trend in having as many right backs as possible, it's confirmed I believe that Frédéric Guilbert will be coming back to us after his loan with RC Strasbourg is over. I've always thought Guilbert a very capable player but with Elmo leaving, it makes sense that he's back. I'm not sure he's going to like playing second fiddle, but that is another post.
So with sensible heads all around at the moment, you don't need me waffling on. I'll leave it at this. Things went well last season and planning for the one ahead seems on track. There is a question or two that should be discussed about what happens to the players we have if we bring in two midfielders, but I think that is one for the comments.
I'm doing a Barkley.