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The Johan Lange Revolution - Why Patience is Key

The arrival of Johan Lange to Aston Villa mirrored the man himself- assured, understated and most importantly, hugely efficient. The appointment came completely unexpected after the departure of Suso. A couple tweets and statements by the club. That was it. Nothing special.

You may be asking. Who he is? What is his reputation? What will be his role at Aston Villa? Well, Johan Lange is an extremely talented talent spotter who will be working closely with the recruitment of players. He will be working with Dean Smith and those two will be in regular contact with each other alongside the ever present Christian Purslow. Sounds simple enough. However, every player Villa go in for will be done so by using the upmost detail. Stats, player personality and versatility will all be key factors in who villa go in for in every transfer window. Succinct detail to the smallest statistic.

Now, onto Johan Lange’s record. Whilst he was at Copenhagen from the 13/14 season to now, they have won 3 league titles and have finished 2nd 3 times. Not bad. Not bad at all. Johan Lange has been instrumental to all the success that Copenhagen have achieved over the past 7 seasons. Bringing in high quality players to sell for a profit. His transfer record whilst at Copenhagen is impeccable. Dennis Vavro, a centre-back was signed for 1.2 million, signed from Zilina in Slovakia. 3 years later they sold him on for 10 million to Italian giants Lazio. Robert Skov was bought in from Danish side Silkeborg, broke a record, scoring 32 goals and was sold on to Hoffenheim for 9 million and is currently doing very well with the German club. Finally Robin Olson was signed from PAOK Salonika, got himself into the Swedish national team and Is now playing for another huge Italian club in Roma, they received 8 million for him. There are many more however this article cannot go on forever can it?

The aim at Copenhagen was clear, buy cheap and sell for profit. The work at Aston Villa will be a little different. We will be using a similar model but just on a much larger budget. Bringing players in who we hope can improve and grow in value, but for our team not to sell on and have their talents showcased by anyone else.

Now on to current affairs at Aston Villa football club, fans are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of signing in the transfer window thus far, however I assure you, we have a plan. There is no need to rush in to deals like we have previously and essentially get ripped off by the selling club. That is no longer how Aston Villa operate. It was under pervious regimes. It is not now. We will conduct extensive research on anyone we bring in, focusing on many factors. What we require is patience. Let Johan Lange do the job he has bought in to do. Players will be bought in. It will just take time. Article by Jake Alberice: www.twitter.com/JakeAlberice The Villa Vision: www.twitter.com/TheVillaVision

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