Now that it looks almost certain that Gareth Barry will be remaining at Aston Villa, where does that leave us? Firstly, there are still some reports this morning that the Barry deal is still on and Barry will sign in the next 24 hours! I have realised that you can not believe anything until you see the player at Melwood training. So for now I have accepted that Barry will not be joining us. This now means that Alonso is most likely going to be staying on. Good or bad? You can decide for yourself. Personally, I am a great fan of Alonso. Yes, the last two seasons he has not been that great but he still can do a decent job for us if he gets his act together.
On the other hand, in Barry not arriving, this could signal an opportunity for Lucas or Plessis to make the central midfield position their own. They are both very talented youngsters with a bright future. I would not mind seeing Lucas play more games. He was not named Brazil’s best player for nothing. He even showed glimpses of what he can do last season. I will not forget the Merseyside derby at Goodison when he came on and played a very good game.
Looking at what Rafa may still do in the transfer market; if it is true that Rafa still has some funds available then maybe he should be serious about signing David Silva from Valencia. Silva and Barry do not play in the same position but we do need some extra quality such as Silva in the team. Can you imagine the attacking options of Keane, Torres, Babel and Silva? That would be pretty lethal.
I am sure Rafa still has one big signing to make this summer. We are almost there in having a team capable of winning the Premiership.. almost there.