Villa plug the holes on central defense

Man City’s Richard Dunne and West Ham’s James Collins will attempt a tall task, to take over for Martin Laursen and Olof Mellberg. They come to Villa Park at a £11m price tag.
We saw a few problems on opening day against Wigan, where Curtis Davies made some errors of judgment which led to Jason Koumas scoring the second goal. A more seasoned group of defenders will be able to avoid such mistakes.

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2 comments on “Villa plug the holes on central defense
  1. As a Villa fan I’m over the moon with the reinforced defence – especially the signing of Dunne. He’s a hard-working, quality centre-back that will fill Laursen’s role perfectly.
    I think James Collins is average at best, but a decent back-up player.
    Now the question remains how will O’Neill play them?
    I expect Dunne to go straight into the side with Cueller whilst Davies recovers from the should injury, but what about his return?
    Maybe O’Neill will put Cueller at right-back like he did at the start of last season when he seemingly went out of his way not to play Shorey at left-back and have Davies and Dunne in the middle?
    Maybe Davies will be dropped altogether???
    It’s an interesting dilemma for us to have.

  2. Footybanter
    Yes, I wonder about Curtis Davies. When he was with the Baggies I remember Arsenal being interested in him. Good talent, still a bit raw. Dunne is a very good pick up, gives the Villa defense instant cred. Its funny, how the left back position has always been a bit dicey for Villa. With Bouma perennially injured, Gareth Barry made for a very good makeshift left back. The pundits are now picking Villa for a top four finish. I think Gabby and Carew have to become more consistent though. After a bright start their scoring flagged dreadfully in the second half of the season.

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