The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Petrov joins Aston Villa

Posted by disappointmentzone on 31 August 2006

Soccer Spot provides all the coverage of the new Cleveland football team, Aston Villa. Before getting to his most recent article (below), I’d like to say that Euro2008, a huge competition among the many national teams in Europe, has started and, if you are unfamiliar with either Euro2008 or the teams, Soccer Spot is putting together a since set of previews as part of his all-encompassing coverage of the event. He’s also posting his predictions. Everything Euro2008 can be found HERE. Now back to the Villa.

Quick update to the Villa lineup:

In a move that should bring a measure of stability to a slightly sub-par midfield, Aston Villa has signed Stilian Petrov from Celtic for €9.6million/$12.3million (which could rise to €11.9million/$15.3million depending on appearances). Petrov is the Bulgarian international team captain. According to UEFA.com Petrov has been in the Scottish Premier League for seven years, making 224 appearances with 53 goals. He has also played for CSKA Sofia. Perhaps the most interesting part of this move is that for four of his seven years at Celtic, Petrov was coached by Martin O’Neill, the current Villa coach. Petrov will provide, at the very least, a little more depth to a midfield that really has no standouts. Petrov should be an immediate first-teamer alongside Gavin McCann, but with Jlloyd Samuel out injured there is a small gap in the defensive capabilities of the midfield that Petrov should more than adequately cover. It should be noted, however, that Samuel is a defender being used in a midfield holding role/5th defender, and so the tactical approach O’Neill takes from here on out could be somewhat different than in previous games as Petrov is an out-and-out midfielder. This should be — barring a miracle — the only major signing before today’s transfer deadline.

Also in Villa news, owner Randy Lerner is looking to create a £100million/$190million financial package which would include naming rights to the Villa Park stadium and other commerical interests, presumably high on the list being jersey rights.

Click HERE for complete Aston Villa schedule/results.

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