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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Aston Villa Start Preparations for Upcoming Season

Aston Villa have started preparing for the upcoming season with several new arrivals at the club. The biggest name to join Aston Villa is without a doubt, Portuguese International Joao Moutinho. The 26 year old Midfield Maestro joined Villa from fellow Division 2 Side Milton Keynes Dons in a deal which saw Marco Van Ginkel, Jonny Evans as well as an additional fee of  £6 million. Moutinho will partner up in center midfield with Spanish midfielder Mario Suarez who signed for Villa last season. With Moutinho and Mario Suarez in center midfield, Aston Villa certainly have a strong center midfield partnership and this partnership will without a doubt will play a big part for Villa in the upcoming season.

A center midfield partnership of Moutinho & Mario Suarez is certainly very formidable. It will certainly be interesting to see how the two of them will pair up with each other.

Apart from the Moutinho signing, Aston Villa have also managed to bring in 3 players on loan to ensure that injuries and suspensions don't hurt them during the season and to improve the quality of the squad. 20 year old starlet Paul Pogba as shown that he is without a doubt one of the best young midfielders today and manager Hancock is a known admirer of the Frenchman's abilities and has succeeded in bring Pogba to Villa Park on loan for the season. Pogba joins on loan from Division 1 side Sunderland and is expected to get a fair bit of playing time this season as he is the first back-up for the center-midfield position.

Manager Hancock has also added some much needed depth in defence by bringing in two quality defenders from Division 1 Giants Carlisle on loan for the season. Left-back Bastian Oczipka was the first of two defenders to join on loan from Carlisle. Without Oczipka Villa only have one player who can operate as a left-back so it was a much needed addition to the squad. Tomas Kalas has also been brought in on loan for his second consecutive season on loan at Villa Park. 

Aston Villa would have been in serious trouble if Hancock hadn't managed to bring in another left back but thankfully for Villa fans, he's brought in a quality left-back in Oczipka.

Reporters managed to get a statement out of Aston Villa manager Hancock and questioned him about his signings, this is what he said:

"I'm absolutely delighted with the 4 players we've managed to bring in even if 3 of them are just on loan for the season. The player I'm most happy to have signed is Moutinho, he's absolutely amazing. He's got loads of experience and is one of the best midfielders around and we now have a top quality center midfield partnership with Moutinho partnering Suarez. I've also managed to bring in Paul Pogba on loan who although young is an amazing player and he'll have a big part to play this season.

With Evans departing to MK Dons as part of the fee for Moutinho, I knew it was absolutely essential for us to get a couple of defenders on loan and I'm very happy that I've succeeded in doing so. A left-back was absolutely necessary as we only had Sakho who could operate as a LB and Oczipka is perfect for the position. He's a quality player and when I heard that he was available for loan I jumped at the opportunity to get a player like him in on loan for the season. I also wanted to get another defender on loan and Carlisle have been kind enough to let us have Kalas on loan for another season. With these 2  joining on loan I think we have enough defensive depth for the upcoming season.

I'd also like to express my thanks to both Raz and Ant at Sunderland and Carlisle respectively for the loans, these 3 players will all be vital to how we perform this season and will play a big role."


  1. Awesome articles like always. Keep up the good work!

  2. wow, Excellent article and good signings for Aston Villa,

    exciting times ahead.