McLeish holding onto his best

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Alex McLeish has insisted that no more players will be sold this summer, with the Aston Villa manager admitting his squad is too thin to entertain such a thought.

Villa lost big names Ashley Young and Stewart Downing this summer, and while McLeish has made some smart purchases, including in-demand midfielder Charles N’Zogbia and goalkeeper Shay Given, the squad is still in a position where injuries could prove costly.

Reports have speculated that Villa turned down a loan offer from Olympiakos for Jean Makoun and that Blackpool had been told not to bother enquiring for midfielder Barry Brannan, claims McLeish confirmed earlier today.

"Ian Holloway asked me about Bannan a couple of months ago and I said 'no'. I was assessing the squad and we're too thin really to let anybody go," McLeish told the Express & Star.

"That goes for Jean Makoun too because, if Jean went, the clock is ticking down and I don't know if I could bring somebody else in.

"It would be dangerous to lose some experienced players."

McLeish also said that he is concentrating on building the side’s youngsters, with the aim of creating more depth to his side and taking Villa back to challenging for a spot in Europe.

"I've been particularly pleased with the form of Delfouneso and Andreas Weimann in training,” the Villa man said.


"These are the kind of players who I feel will save Villa a great deal of money.

"I have no worries about putting them into the team and I thought the team did extremely well against a battling Hereford side.

"The crowd had to be patient but they could see the potential in the team and this can only be good for Aston Villa."

Villa have had a successful start to the season, holding Fulham to a 0-0 draw away and defeating Blackburn 3-1 at home.

The side face Wolves at Villa Park this Saturday, before traveling to Goodison Park to play Everton next week.

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