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David Beckham: From Hero to Zero

Started on 9 February 2013 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 7 October 2014 by Mr.O
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August Transfers 2014/15

David Beckham spent little in this window, yet managed to get what he needed.



Departures

Karim El Ahmadi - Norwich, 3 million
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Nathan Baker - Free Transfer
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Marc Albrighton - Free Transfer
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Benjamin Siegrist - Free Transfer
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Jan Oblak - Fulham, 250k
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Joe Bennett - Southampton, 5 million
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Brad Guzan - West Ham, 2.5 million
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Alan Hutton - Cardiff, 100k
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Brett Holman - Genoa, 1 million
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Matthew Lowton - Celtic, 3 million
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Adam Campbell - Ipswich, Loan
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Arrivals

Luis Goncalves - Free Transfer
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John Romero - Tolima, 975k
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Mattia Perrin - Free Transfer
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Anders Lindegaard - Man Utd, 5.5 million
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Frank Lampard - Free Transfer
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Glen Johnson - Liverpool, Loan
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Kolo Toure - Free Transfer
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Fotis Kalogiannidis - Olympiakos, 775k
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2014/15 Aston Villa Squad

Aston Villa have submitted their squad list for the Premier League 2014/15.

Goalkeepers

1. Anders Lindegaard
13. Mattia Perrin

Defenders

2. Glen Johnson
28. Andrew Black
4. Ron Vlaar
6. Ciaran Clark
23. Doria
5. Kolo Toure
3. Aaron Cresswell
17. John Romero

Midfielders

15. Ashley Westwood
16. Fabian Delph
7. Will Hughes
14. Gary Gardner
21. Mattheus
8. Frank Lampard
10. Wellington Nem
11. Clint Dempsey
24. Jack Grealish

Forwards

9. Darren Bent
20. Christian Benteke
18. Mattia Destro
Quality signings. I'm liking your young talented players as well who've been brought in. Look exciting :)
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Destro: I'm unhappy

Aston Villa striker Mattia Destro has revealed that he is unhappy with life at Villa Park.


The 23-year-old Italian has admitted that his reasons were "connected to not being played enough". Destro has made only 12 appearances, scoring 6 goals, in the Premier League after joining Aston Villa from Genoa on a free transfer last year. Not a bad tally, but star striker Darren Bent has kept him out of the first team.

Destro though admits that Bent is "a lot better" but that he is willing to be "Bent's understudy until the next few seasons". However, that role was taken up by Javier Hernandez last season, and this season, looks set to be taken by Belgian Christian Benteke, who has returned on loan from Tottenham Hotspur where he impressively scored 8 goals in 14 appearances.

"Things have been slow for me at Villa.

"I am not playing and as a result, I don't think I'll be able to develop more as a footballer here. Aston Villa are a great club, but if I'm not playing, I'm out of here.

"Darren (Bent) is a fantastic striker but there are too many strikers in the squad and I can't even make second-choice. I'm unhappy about that because I really want to make it to the national team in Italy, and to do that you have to play."
Some incredible signings to Villa! Lampard especially, even if it was on a free!
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good signings and its looking like your building a top young squad which should do well this season, what are your aims for the season? on the destro front i had the same problem, bent is just a goal machine.
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2013-03-11 21:20#84240 VellaMagic : Some incredible signings to Villa! Lampard especially, even if it was on a free!

It isn't a bad signing just because it's free ;) thanks!
2013-03-11 21:56#84241 Hortensius : good signings and its looking like your building a top young squad which should do well this season, what are your aims for the season? on the destro front i had the same problem, bent is just a goal machine.

You played as Aston Villa too, then?
Good luck for the season Glenn :)
incredible signings for Villa
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Brilliant signings Glenn, I'm looking forward to another terrific season :)
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Champion's league qualification the aim for this year?
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2013-03-12 02:23#84271 Blue : Good luck for the season Glenn :)

Thanks Blue!

2013-03-12 06:07#84329 PaukerJ : incredible signings for Villa

Incredible, but hopefully they do well.

2013-03-12 06:10#84331 Justice96 : Brilliant signings Glenn, I'm looking forward to another terrific season :)

Hopefully! :P

2013-03-12 15:09#84361 LJO200 : Champion's league qualification the aim for this year?

Europa maybe. Our start to the season is shite :/
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September: Drawing One too Many

Aston Villa have drawn their last three Premier League games, adding to their tally of 4 draws and 2 losses in 6 games played this season. Still without a win, David Beckham will be hoping to revive his side and see them regain the form that saw them shoot from relegation contenders to European qualification contenders last season. On the bright side, Villa beat their fierce rivals West Bromwich to advance to the next round of the Capital One Cup.





Premier League
Stoke 0 - 0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa 0 - 0 Cardiff

Chelsea 1 - 1 Aston Villa
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Capital One Cup Third Round
West Bromwich 1 - 2 Aston Villa
Hughes
Destro

Once again, Aston Villa midfielder Will Hughes has won the Young Player of the Month award, and again, John Romero was close to winning it. This time, he is runner-up.

The Crisis

Will Hughes, who has been outstanding for Aston Villa this season, will be out for three months after an injury suffered against Chelsea, club officials have confirmed.


It is indeed a blow for the 19-year-old, who has been starting to find his place in the Villa first team.

This news will also come as a worry to manager David Beckham.

Injuries are said to have been a crucial reason for Villa's terrible start to the season, as Hughes joins an injury list consisting of Christian Benteke, Ashley Westwood, Glen Johnson, Doria and more recently, Darren Bent.

Benteke, Westwood and Bent are already back in training, although still unfit for any sort of match. Meanwhile, Johnson is expected to recover in another two weeks, while Doria, who was the surprise of last season having excelled despite it being only his second year in English football, will only return after another two months.

The Injury Wave

Injuries have continued to pester Aston Villa this week with the latest news that Darren Bent has tore his hamstring, and is set to be out for 3 months, joining Will Hughes and Doria on the long-term injury list.


Bent was superb for Villa last season, scoring 24 goals in 31 appearances, and 29 goals in all competitions.

The forward, a part of England's World Cup winning team, will now have to postpone his target of being the recipient of the league's Golden Boot award, as well as having his international career pushed backward. Bent is slowly losing his place in the England team and this injury will not have helped at all.

Bent tore his hamstring turning out for Aston Villa Reserves in a match against Liverpool Reserves. He has just recently recovered from a short-term injury and David Beckham issued the order for him to play a Reserve match to gain match fitness before he returned to first team football.

However, it will now be up to Mattia Destro and Christian Benteke to shoulder the responsibility of Bent and score the goals for Villa.

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