There’s a massive season on the horizon for Championship outfit Aston Villa after a particularly poor start to life in the second tier last time out.
Led by manager Steve Bruce, there’s huge pressure on the shoulders of the former Birmingham City man to get things right this time out as his team slumped to a mid-table finish last season.
The Villa fans lining the bar here in the pub are looking to see huge improvement too and you can’t blame them in the slightest- things just weren’t good enough at Villa Park at all during large spells of the 2016/2017 campaign.
Many improvements will have to be made to the squad and one man that could be on the move is Stoke City midfielder Glen Whelan, who, according to the Stoke Sentinel, is being lined up for an £800,000 move to Villa Park this summer.
Whelan is an experienced Premier League pro and it’s thought he’d bring the bite and character that was missing from the Villa side last time around.
But news of a potential deal has brought out a mixed response online and it’s clear that the Villa fans both here in the pub and online are thinking very differently about a potential move for the Irish international.
So with that in mind, here’s the best of the fallout after the rumoured interest was made clear…
Understand why #avfc fans wouldn't be excited by Glenn Whelan but, as Championship MFs go, he'd be a top player. Not to be sniffed at.
— Cian Carroll (@CianByNature) June 9, 2017
I love him! A hard working, tough, no bullshit, hard arse, steamroller tackling legend
He's a solid 6-7/10 performer week in week out and that's been in Prem. Solid signing for Champ if his legs still ok.
— Bob Lansbury XXX (@SupportAVFC) June 9, 2017
And that's what we need. We were naive without Jedinak last season. We need a few more streetwise players.
we need to get real or be stuck in this division for a long time
— mjolnir_mar_emery⚡️ (@76maulz) June 10, 2017