Season 2021/2022, Great Transfer Market News for Villa

I was dreading the thought of writing this column!  About how our Villans had dominated the Brentford Bees, took an early lead with a well-orchestrated play that Ings clinically converted but then, failed to add that all-important second goal and let the home side tie, then win all the marbles.

Just in time, our shiny new manager made some important things happen.  Our sudden doubts were put to rest, and Gerrard came up with exactly what we needed.  A sign that we are destined for an exciting future, starting this season. 

The gaffer’s relationship with one of the most Premier League exciting players of the last decade and the backing for Gerrard by the owners made a major investment happen.  We have a player, Philippe Coutinho, that Barcelona paid $148.5 million for in 2018.

At the age of 29, there is no reason to believe that Coutinho cannot get back to, or at least close to, that level especially playing for the player, Steven Gerrard, who he called his idol in an interview back in 2017.

While this will be a loan for the first six month, an option to buy for less than $50 million is built into the deal. 

Add to that the pickup of Lucas Digne, Everton’s dynamic left back who will push Targett, if not replace him.  Certainly, Digne will provide more offense down the left.

This duo, combining with youngsters Ollie Watkins and Emi Buendia, could spark our Villans to the level that we experienced sporadically with Jack Grealish but could not maintain.


Pre-game Assessments

Game Reports

AVFC Women’s Team