Team guides. Aston Villa

August 14, 2012

Key player – Darren Bent – 8m

Mustered 9 goals last season, despite only being fit for half of it, which gives an indication of what a fully fit Bent can do. His lack of games and goals was the main reason Villa found themselves hovering above the relegation zone for most of the season. He starts the season fit, and if he can start scoring from the off, you could get a 20 goal season out of him.

New signing – Brett Holman – 6m

Signed on the back of his most successful season in Dutch football where he assisted 15 times and scored 7 for AZ Alkmaar. I suspect Holman’s been bought to provide some much-needed creativity in one of the dullest, direst and unmotivated squads in Premier League history. At least Villa fans will be happy they got rid of the dour Scot and replaced him with….oh!

Bargain buy – Ciaran Clark – 4.5m

Has the ability to pop up with the odd unexpected goal, and at the minute, may get a run in the first team with Richard Dunne out until the end of September, although clean sheets may still be few and far between.

Avoid – Charles N’Zogbia – 6.5m

N’Zogbia’s only bothered when he’s playing in a winning team. He doesn’t seem to realise that him playing well contributes to that. Avoid.

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