posted on Jan, 18 2004 @ 06:43 AM
After the defeat by Liverpool last week David O'Leary has admitted that he will need to embark on a major spending spree in the summer to bolster his
Aston Villa squad after Mark Kinsella became the eighth player to leave the club since he took charge.O'Leary is unlikely to have any significant
funds available before the end of the current transfer window to strengthen one of the smallest first team squads in the Barclaycard Premiership.
But next summer Villa have another five senior players out of contract, including the likes of Dion Dublin and Ronny Johnsen, to leave him with a
group of senior players that will barely number double figures.Oyvind Leonhardsen, Steve Staunton, Alpay, Bosko Balaban, Alan Wright, Peter Enckelman,
Ian Taylor and now Kinsella - to West Brom - have all departed since O'Leary replaced Graham Taylor eight months ago.Only the former Sunderland duo of
goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and midfielder Gavin McCann have headed in the opposite direction for £4million - O'Leary's total outlay in the transfer
market with Villa.