I know I left speculation alone a while ago and only really delve in on transfer deadline day, but there is a lot of talk today that Benteke is off after this season and well, it deserves a mention, as do the new rules brought in yesterday, but that is for another post and when I've had time to properly understand them.

So, to the speculation and my first thoughts were that this didn't surprise me and for a lot of reasons. First, ambition. He is in the inside and from the outside it looks like the club isn't actually that ambitions. If it were, he'd know about it. The thing is, we're not. We all know this.

Then, it's about getting a better offer. Nobody knows what money he is on with us, but I'd guess something around the £20,000 a week mark. Now, you might think that low, but try to imagine what he was on in Belgium. He probably more than doubled his salary coming to us. It was an easy decision.

Cash is king

I might be wrong, it might be £30,000 a week, but I'd be quite surprised if it was. And, he knows after having a somewhat successful season, scoring ten goals to date (in 22 appearances, so I'm calling it 'somewhat' because Van Persie has 18 in 23 and that is successful), that he can get more and he probably also doesn't want to be playing in the Championship next season or, if we manage to stay up, fighting relegation again.

That last bit is linked to the ambition. We have none of that, so even if we do stay up, it's going to be another tough season. Unless we're sold that is and I still think Lerner is actively looking for a buyer, but that is gut and nobody has told me anything.

But then, the manager as good as confirms he is for sale. It just doesn't feel right. Lambert probably already knows. Hell, he does know. We all know.

Banging my head now

I wish I never started a post around speculation, because it just turns into a post that isn't about speculation. We all know Benteke is off, even if we stay up. We're a selling club. We're a club with no ambition. We're a club going nowhere. We are the next Bolton; no real ambition. Look around at all the other teams in the Premier League and you'll see ambition.

Author: Damian
Damian started The Villa Blog as a passion project quite a few years ago while he was living in South Africa. Now living in Sweden, it continues. He's originally from Chasetown and grew up when supporting Villa meant there was a real chance of silverware at the start of every season.
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  • Guest - George

    All of our experienced, high earners who had the mentality to help the younger players have gone, what we are left with is the lazy posers who offer pretty much nothing on the pitch and have a negative effect in the dressing room - who would want to work alongside people who get paid a hell of a lot more that you do and do fukc all - it'd piss you right off!

  • Guest - jules

    lowton-- baker-- vallar--stevens
    gabby-- delph-- alamende-- zoggy
    -------- wiemann-- bentekie---------

    i think clark needs a rest so doe's bennet!!

  • Guest - B6 villa


    These players should be ashamed to called them selves footballers. Blame the club that allowed them to come here for thier easy ride

  • yeah thinking about the **** stirrers and the lazy players etc.Swap Collins and Cuellar for Ireland and Bent and would we be any worse off or better? Mmmm!!

  • Guest - B6 villa


    good line up, can't see PL dropping Clark and Bennett

  • Guest - jules


    no doubt about it, a LOT BETTER Ireland and Bent dont play for one!

  • Guest - expat007

    Apart from those two games when he kept getting caught offside, Benteke has been a colossus every other match he played in this season.
    I know I have been a severe critic of Lambert but the buying of Benteke was inspired.
    I regret that you and me are not the only ones that have noticed him and I can’t see anyway The Villa will be able to retain him.
    There are times now when you cannot but notice his attitude towards some of his teammates when the quality of their game is not up to the standard he was expecting when he joined a so called Premiership Club.
    Just think of him in a team with Young, Dowling, Barry, Milner and of course Stan. With Warnock, Dunne, Collins and Cuellar at the back we could be up there fighting for a Champions league place. The bench would have look good as well.
    Full houses. top place money and Champions League the mind boggles as we were so close only a couple of seasons ago.

  • Guest - jules

    B6 villa

    nor me mate! we can only hope?

  • Guest - greg

    great to see a villa player gettin the winner v millwall today, delfouneso is grabbing a goal here and there, still have hope for him

  • Guest - jules


    i said that before if only M,O,N would of brought Bent instead of Heskey?

  • i saw it Expat,it was there within reach then MON bought Heskey!! Out of all the mistakes our club have mad lately that was by far the biggest!!!

  • Guest - B6 villa


    That has been our problem over the years, if we have a good defence we will have a crap strike, if we have a good strike we will have a crap midfield and defence. Never good all round

  • lads just a bit of fantasy but if our team was
    cuellar dunne collins warnock
    young milner barry downing
    who was the other striker??;););););)

  • Guest - Bobby 6 Killer

    i never understood why Lerner spent £24 million on Bent alone under Houllier yet he wouldn't even give Martin O'Neill £4 million for Scott Parker a few months earlier.

    Everything about us has been just weird and bizarre under Lerner.

  • Guest - JULES

    BIG JOHN CAREW!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest - jules

    probably because he just wasted £50,000 a week on Sidwell?

  • yh Carew was a legend!!! Loved him

  • Guest - jules

    bobby 6

    thinking about it how good would it be to have scott parker?
    him and lescotte this transfer window would of done it for me! zzzzzzzzz (time to wake up now)

  • Guest - B6 villa


    Hope, luck, rub of the green, desitions. We need everything for the remainder of our games.

  • Guest - Bobby 6 Killer

    Guest (jules)

    probably because he just wasted £50,000 a week on Sidwell?

    But we sign Stephen Ireland and put him on 70K a week when we had no manager !
    Basically - Our club are shambolically run

  • Guest - jules


    i agree mate! nothing makes sense to me this season?


    fingers crossed tomoorrow!!

  • Guest - expat007

    Guest (George)
    I regret that the attitude of some of the senior players has not been help by the inadequacies of the manager to manage them in an appropriate way.
    At Norwich and the other small Clubs he's managed he never had players who had played for some of the finest clubs in the land and were current internationals.
    Of course you would hope for better from the senior players, but he is the manager and it is his responsibility to get the best out of every one in his squad. You bring them on side and do not alienate them to become ‘barrack room lawyers’ and cause problems.
    Is it possible that both parties have been throwing their toys out of the pram and trying to show who was boss.
    A good example of his lack of managing skills was informing the media that if the players used mobiles and Ipads at Bodymoor Heath they would be fined, was IMO very poor judgment. I had no problem with him stopping the use of them, but it showed is lack of his management skills by trying to prove who was boss, who was the teacher and they were naughty boys. It should have been kept within the confines of the training ground. No man likes being treated like a child, even if he deserves it.

  • Guest - expat007

    You still in the Pub you drunken old sod:D:D

  • Guest - B6 villa

    Bobby6 killer

    also irland cost twice as much as Parker

  • Guest - jules


    good post!

  • Guest - jules

    good night lads nice chatting with you's, of to the pub!!
    3-1 tomorrow
    come on you villians!!

  • Guest - expat007

    Thats me lads.
    Had enough 'alcofrol por le day' Now for a cup of English tea and the telly.
    One nil and a crap game will do me tomorrow, that's for Villa of course.
    On the whole a very enjoyable day, thanks for your company and have a good night.

  • Guest - B6 villa

    Anyway hoping for a win tommorow because we need it more, us fans know it, we will see if the manger and the players show it

  • Guest - Villain1

    Looks pretty ominous that its now 1 team to stay up out the current bottom 4 as a gap is emerging. I still fancy us to finish ahead of QPR and Reading, but Wigan are a real worry. They always come good around March and if they go on a winning streak like last year we are doomed.
    None of the other sides will get dragged in, they all have either too much quality or enough points already. Quite simply we have to go on a run ourselves, starting tomorrow. Anything other than a win with Arsenal away up next, and we could be cut adrift. Time for the talking to stop, win or bust against West Ham and if we lose, then lambert should resign as a matter of dignity and intergrity (as we all know Lerner lacks the ambition or bottle to sack him) . To lose 4 home games in a row against bottom half teams would be unthinkable.

  • Guest - Bobby 6 Killer

    Quite simply we have to go on a run ourselves, starting tomorrow. Anything other than a win with Arsenal away up next, and we could be cut adrift

    We need to start winning games and quickly. current goal difference is a handicap as well.

  • Guest - joevilla

    Yep, now is the time to use 'must-win' - we are running out of games and 3 points tomorrow keeps us in the game. But I just don't see it, I really don't.

  • Guest - joevilla

    Yeah, damage has already been done this season, at home. Southampton look very good, a few games ago I would have winced watching their result on MOTD, but now I just think well done. It really is no longer about the teams around us, it is solely about us, we can stay up if we want to.

  • Guest - joevilla

    We are in no position to do this but I am quietly glad that QPR are looking relegation bound, purely for redknapp, I remember him saying he wouldn't sign anyone in jan because he thought it could be a lost cause, then he goes and signs samba. I feel very sorry for their owner, he looks like a dick now.

  • Guest - dingbat

    Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!
    Come on you Lions!

  • Guest - Bobby 6 Killer

    Guest (joevilla)

    Yeah, damage has already been done this season, at home. Southampton look very good, a few games ago I would have winced watching their result on MOTD, but now I just think well done. It really is no longer about the teams around us, it is solely about us, we can stay up if we want to.

    Although i find it a bit sad when see likes of Ramirez playing for them and thinking "**** this guy is better than any of our midfield by a country mile !"
    Same when Sissoko was giving us the run around in Newcastle game or when Wigan were doing us over. That's the disturbing thing.

    Anyhow lets just hope for a big win tomorrow.

  • Guest - avfcwoody


    lowton vlarr baker lihaj/stevens.. give benefit and clarke a rest

    gabby ireland sylla nzgobia

    wiemman benteke

    Looks good to get 3 points for me!

  • Guest - Bobby 6 Killer

    No offense afcwoody but that looks like a side whod get murdered
    whilst Clark should normally be rested / dropped due to his poor current form dropping him for Baker is a no IMO.
    And Ireland and Sylla in the middle?
    Looks like a side who'd get absoultely torn to pieces to me

  • No suprise to see this headline this morning.

    Sunday People

    "Christian aid: Man City line up £20m bid for Aston Villa striker Benteke"

    'Mancini knows he might need to replace Dzeko and the Belgian would be a less expensive option than Cavani.'

    Manchester City are lining up a £20million bid for Aston Villa strike sensation Christian Benteke, writes the Sunday People.

    Roberto Mancini is planning a swoop for the Belgian star who he sees as the man to fill the gap left by Mario Balotelli.

    And with Edin Dzeko’s City future in doubt Mancini knows he needs a physical threat in attack next season – if he survives as manager.

    Benteke has shone for Paul Lambert’s strugglers since joining from Genk in a deal worth up to £9 million – and City would have to at least double that fee.

    But City banked a fortune selling bad boy Balotelli to AC Milan and have funds and a hole in their squad for an old-fashioned number nine.

    City chief scout Gary Worthington saw Benteke score twice at Everton last week and he also notched a double at Liverpool.

    Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is in Mancini’s sights but Benteke has emerged as a serious option and while the Villa man is not angling for a move the lure of Champions League football would prove hard to resist.'

  • We might have to start adapting Benteke's song.

    'Oh 30m for Benteke...Oh 30m for Benteke..Oh 30m for Benteke'

  • expat.

    re: southampton. I remember a few weeks ago when many people were laughing on here saying that southampton were definitely down now that have got this unheard of manager, and they have gone and shot themselves in the foot, and should have kept adkins.

    Well I wasn't laughing at the time, and i'm sure that some of us could see what was trying to be achieved, southampton have done their homework, their new manager had already won at the nou camp barcelona.

    And as you have pointed out fergie praising southampton for their efforts. May well have been because they were due to play man city in a week or so but they have started to become better unit under this new manager.

  • It's a must win game today.

    We have been saying it's a must win game for the last ten games. If you take a look at the graph on sky sports on the Aston Villa page. Since Chelsea away our basement struggle has become more apparent.

    We had been bouncing around the 15th 16th mark occassionally dropping into the bottom three and then bounced out of it. Now we are constantly in the bottom three. No more bouncing around.

  • Guest - Bobby 6 Killer

    i dont think anyone was 'laughing' at Southampton when sacked Adkins and appointed Pochettino were they?
    more like it was most ppl were HOPING it just would have a bad effect on Southampton and disrupt their players. It clearly hasn't at moment.
    Ive said a few times that Southampton actually have much better players than we do in midfield

  • Guest - Talkoftheterrace.net

    The Benteke sale money is key to us bouncing back up, but he worth more thn 20m..

  • Guest - Brett


  • Guest - John

    give it a rest pal

  • Guest - David

    Theres always one who spoils the fun

  • Guest - adam raster

    Whos this Brett, get a life stop spamming

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