There is talk and I have to emphasise that it is just talk, that we are going to sign Clermont Foot defensive midfielder Yacouba Sylla. I know, I hadn't heard of him either.

So, what have I learnt; well, he is 22 years old and plays in the second tier of French football. And who knows, he could turn out to be a fantastic player. I'm just not so sure he is the type of player we need now.

Let me explain why. Right now we are second from bottom in the Premier League. That's right, we dropped a place yesterday and we are bottom of the current form table. What we need now are players with bags of experience and proven Premier League or European stage qualities.

But don't get carried away with my view. This Yacouba Sylla could be the very player we need to get us out of this mess, but it is a massive risk. Some of the people that visit this blog could have played in Ligue 2 it's pretty much the equivalent of the third tier in England.

But again, that doesn't mean he isn't the one. But we have fourteen games left this season and we need players that know how important these fourteen games are and have the experience to guide us. This isn't a time for longterm thinking, this is a time for thinking about the next fourteen games.

Could this man keep us up?

More signings are coming

And that is why I've started this post, because today is going to be interesting and I believe we will bring in two or three of those players that have experience and I think we're going to see rumours flying around everywhere.

We're 19th and bottom of the current form table. You don't need to be a genius to see we need to strengthen and unless we do, I think there is a very good chance we will go down. I also don't think I am alone in that thinking and I think things will happen.

So, right now, what are the other rumours I've read this morning? Here is a list.

  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Mohamed Diamé
  • Rolando

I've probably missed some but there you go for now. We need three players today and I fancy that the Yacouba Sylla deal is as good as done, so two of those above (personally I do't think the Jones deal will happen unless we lose a striker so we all know why we are linked to him) and that will be the day.

It's a bit sad though that we have to wait until the last day of the transfer window. We've dropped ten points this month and got knocked out of two cups. Maybe if we had acted early, when we all know we had to act, things might have been different.

Updates and speculation

So, I've left my comfort zone of not talking about speculation, but today is a bit special and as such, Twitter is going to be a bit mental as will, I suspect, the comments below. I'm going to have Twitter open on another screen today hitting refresh, as well as NewsNow and BBC. Updates will come, but expect something to happen.

Damian
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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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