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Villa Experience Summer Rumour Meltdown

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One Sunday rag, along with many of the cut and paste brigade have been running with last weeks larger-fuelled-pub-consortium news: Fabain Delph is set for the exit shoot at Villa Park, for the prize sum of £10m, give or take a few Shekels. If reports are to be believed, I don't mind saying it would be a huge loss for the club, given the extra dimension he has added to the Villa midfield – the ability to run at players is something the villa have lacked in previous seasons, which was rewarded with an England call up which was a bit overdue in my opinion.

Lest we forget, that Delph just signed a new four and a half year deal back in January, one of the few master strokes pulled off by the ousted Paul Lambert. To me that showed loyalty in a dose rarely seen in today's game. On top of that, he was offered, ney, rewarded with the captains armband, which he has worn with pride since being given the opportunity - even going to the enormous lengths of putting out the word on social media to be re-united with his “lucky armband,” after it was liberated following our FA Cup win over Liverpool.

Does that sound like the kind of actions you'd expect from a player not content with his surroundings, who perhaps wants to be a bench player for Manchester City? I think not.

If you were however to scan over the type of actions that would indicate a player was looking to jump ship, then look no further than Ron Vlaar. After a disappointing season following a glittering World Cup campaign, he has looked lethargic, like a player of minimal interest for the club and on the pitch.

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Add to that one Christin Benteke, who has had a blighted season through injury (mainly), but who's unplayable football was on show for all to see with the run in of games. It only took Tim Sherwood to reset the points on his compass so he could find the net again with some frequency. I have plenty of time for Benteke, but if Arsenal come calling, he's gone. With his estimated buy-out clause in the region of £32m though, I don't see the shrewd Arsène Wenger taking a bite of that cherry just yet. Benteke has made it clear he supports Arsenal, wanting to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Thierry “The Hand Of France” Henry.

Okay, I'm Irish, you got me. We're all still a bit bitter about that one – it's not like I even got to see any of that £5m pay-off, I mean, compensation we got from the now cave-dwelling Sepp Blatter.

This week has seen the arrival of Ray Wilkins. The 58 year old former Chelsea and Manchester United star is set to join the clubs veteran guard Kevin McDonald, in assisting Sherwood’s shake-up of the clubs personnel. The fresh perspective of a well seasoned professional with plenty of experience was something lacking during the Lambert era, and a few eras before that come to think about it.

There's much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months with Sherwood making his intents known. The axing of some the fringe players such as Matt Lowton (Burnley) and Andi Weinmen (Derby) frees up some funds, shedding some weight in the anticipation of what Sherwood has in mind next.

Up The Villa.

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