Football FanCast guest columnist Roy Stewart doesn't see Jenas as the total solution at Villa Park, but a damn good start.
When Martin O'Neill came out yesterday with his Eureka moment and claimed that the Villa squad was a little thin and hoped to bring in at least five new players before the transfer window shut, a huge sigh of relief was had by all.
It is a real shame that it has taken so long for the club to get their finger out, considering they were aware of Barry's likely exit and Martin Laursen's injury plight, as soon as the season was over. Further injuries to Heskey and now Stan has sees us stranded on our last legs and action now has to be taken. Players need to be brought in sharpish if we have any chance on building on last season's success.
According to the Mirror this morning Stan's injury is going to hasten our attempts to sign Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas and we are reportedly set to make an official bid. I know there is a lot of scepticism on Villa sites about his qualities as a player and whether he is the right fit at Villa Park, but he is a damn sight better than what we have got. Sidwell is hopeless, Gardner is best suited at the back, therefore with Stan out as well, the bringing in of a couple of central midfielders has to be our main priority now.
Jenas in my mind is extremely underrated as a player and people don't appreciate his qualities. He reminds me of Petrov in many ways in that their contribution is not always apparent on the field, but you notice it when they are not there. One aspect that I like about Jenas is that he scores a lot of goals from midfield, again something we have needed for some time at Villa Park, therefore his arrival would be extremely welcome given our current circumstance – he won't totally be the answer, but will prove a damn good start.
At the end of the day every England manager has always picked him, so they must see something there.