So, nearly a year has passed since our last blog – just goes to show that we started out last season with so much optimism yet it barely lasted a month. New owner, new manager and a new division looked to be a new start for Aston Villa as it rose from the ashes of the Lerner years. It didn’t last – rather like Roberto di Matteo (what were the words to that song?).
By October di Matteo was out and Steve Bruce was in as Villa manager charged with working his magic on Championship teams – trouble was it didn’t quite work out. The January window saw even more recruits through the door but, although the flame flickered on occasions, the fire in the team’s belly never really got going and the season ended as a damp squid.
Over the Summer, there have been more coming and goings as players are changed around – onus this time has been about getting in a bit more experience rather than acting like a kid in a sweet shop with more than enough money to buy all the penny chews in the shop.
Personally, I was never a big fan of John Terry but I can see what his signing will (and already has) bring to the club. We seemed to be signing as many ‘captains’ as midfielders last year but this man will be the one to command the back four (or five) and lead by example. Will he play all the games? Probably not, but his presence will be felt in the team even when he isn’t playing (probably because he will still have his kit on).
After losing to Luton Town in the League Cup (can’t remember last year’s or this year’s sponsors name) last year we all realised that it could be a long hard slog. Tonight we go to Colchester in the same competition – victory will show that the only way is up for Aston Villa (either that, or our next blog will be in 2018).
You can watch the video of ‘The Only Way is Up’ by clicking HERE