I wasn't being picky but I was trying to highlight your point of how quiet it was transfer wise, by adding those 2 bits. 🙂
I think what we are seeing is your last point (the bit in bold) especially at the top end. The player Villa are trying to sign has dropped in value hugely, he was valued at £25-30m pre-pandemic. But due to a few factors* his value is around half that now. But I think France will be the exception not the rule as it stands.
*Ligue 1 was curtailed early for the 2019/2020 season, then their biggest TV broadcast deal (by some distance) has collapsed entirely plus we are almost a year into the pandemic.
2 defeats in the last 2 games and a tricky away tie at Forest is next.
Ameobi will have a field day and the movement and fire power of the Forest players will be far too much for our shot shy side.
2 nil defeat as the playoff dream slowly slides away. We should have really cemented our playoff push, alas we are in the process of grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory..