First in the day was Enda Stevens, a promising young left-back who plays for Shamrock Rovers who has agreed to join the club in January 2012. Shamrock Rovers has made history this season by reaching the group stage of the UEFA Europa League – something no Irish team has ever done. Stevens has been a key part of that run.
He is 21, hungry and enthusiastic and thanks to a cheap fee, approximately €250,000, Villa fans will watch on with intrigue as a risk free signing tries to break into the first team.
After Villa reportedly failed in a bid to attain Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole on loan, the Midlands club turned their attentions to Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas. The intermittent England international has struggled for several seasons to hold down a regular first team spot and may welcome the chance to shine at Villa.
In no way is his task an easy one – as captain Stiliyan Petrov and rookie Fabian Delph have impressed in central midfield since the start of the season. He could be deployed in a more attacking role inbetween N’Zogbia and Agbonlahor with Heskey dropping to the bench too – so there are plenty of options for Alex McLeish to consider.
Finally, theres Alan Hutton. Shock of the deadline day? Absolutely not. This ones been creeping along for weeks and weeks and when Luke Young departed to QPR this transfer became a nailed on certainty. Alex McLeish gave the Scottish right-back his professional debut with Rangers and despite a £4m bid from Fulham enabling him to stay in London, he has chosen Aston Villa to play his football.
Considering how Villa fans feel about Habib Beye, Hutton will be a welcome addition in the light of Young’s departure and Lichaj’s injury.
How do you feel about Aston Villa’s transfer deadline day business? Have they spent wisely and recruited well or wasted valuable £’s?
Please follow me on twitter: @stighefootball