Aston Villa‘s captain Ron Vlaar had a superb game in Villa’s opening day win over Stoke City last Saturday and started where he left off from last season. The question is, should one of the Premier League big boys have taken the plunge and brought in the talented Dutchman?
The 29-year-old former Feyenoord man had a very solid and impressive World Cup with Holland, producing standout performances in the group stages and later in the competition. He played all seven matches for Holland and was one of their best performers. He may have missed the first spot-kick in Holland’s eventual semifinal defeat to Argentina, but that should take no gloss off of his great World Cup.
Vlaar signed for Villa in 2012 and was installed as team captain straight away. He has subsequently stacked up over 50 appearances since his arrival and has been a pivotal part in their battle for survival in the last couple of years.
After Vlaar’s outstanding World Cup and his solid form for Aston Villa, you could forgive him for coming back from Brazil and thinking he would be subject from a lot of interest from other clubs. Since the outbreak of players at Southampton, they are the club that has made the most interest. Ronald Koeman actually made a public pursuit for the Villa star, something that Villa boss Paul Lambert wasn’t best pleased about.
Now that the Premier League has began, Vlaar remains an Aston Villa player for the time being. With the Saints’ public interest in the 29-year-old, Aston Villa should prepare themselves for a bid. But Vlaar has proved his quality and should concentrate on his consistent performances for Villa before holding out for a bigger club to come knocking in the future.