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14 Dec 2017 00:34:46
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14 Dec 2017 00:29:58
Well done the U18 s in the cup, two cracking goals by Adutayo, absolute beauties .

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13 Dec 2017 08:42:59
When Bruce managed Wigan they got players in from almost unheard of countries, mainly Honduras.
My question is simple.
If Wigan found players from around the globe then why can't AVFC?
Valencia, Palacious and a few others, some made it.
Spread the net wider, bring us a magician.
The effect on the gates will be incredible.
The effect on league position will be what we want.
Get started, get signing.

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13 Dec 2017 17:19:21
You can’t sign players in december.

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13 Dec 2017 17:52:24
Totally aware!
January starts right after 31st December midnight in my world and I already know what I have to do from January 1st.
Unless there is a time warp of course.
I would sincerely hope that AVFC have plans in place and targets with pens in their hands just waiting to sign.
Before someone says "not that simple" I know.
Any good business will be working towards 2018 for several weeks, it's called preparation.
Old phrase in business, "fail to prepare, prepare to fail" and it seems that our AVFC don't advocate this adage often enough.

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13 Dec 2017 18:06:08
Can't sign no one till January and I would sign Dynamo he's a magician?

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13 Dec 2017 19:47:01
Great post OldVillan

UTV.

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13 Dec 2017 00:55:34
I agree we need a top experienced striker, but also we need a quality LB . With none of the younger players, appearing to be in Brucies thoughts . We need proper cover, I know Hutton has filled in when needed and done the job well . We still need an experienced LB Not that worried about them flying forwards, as long as they can defend . Other than an out and out goal scorer, if Brucie eventually uses them we have lots of young, eager players we can fit in . But defensively we are quite lacking, what happens, if Chester, Taylor or even Terry get injured . So we have other areas that need looking at . Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

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11 Dec 2017 09:05:48
So we are 5th, with 37 points, 6 at the time of writing off 2nd and 11 off 1st. We've got a 4 point cushion from anyone outside the top 6 but we've got teams from 8th and above in our next 4 out of 5 games. We've got to this point really without 2 of our best players from last year Kodjia and Jedinak, and our other injuries along the way speak for themselves so Bruce needs major credit for where we are, had we had no injuries would be up there with possibly Cardiff? I'd say so. But looking at the squad now and who's coming back, I hope to god that their working round the clock for a goal scorer on the first of Jan. Every team needs a regular goal scorer, at the moment we've got Adomah but he's a winger and we can't rely on him, if we added someone who will score at least one every 2 games I seriously think we can still charge up to second. The sooner we find one the better; Ulloa, Ings, Nahki Wells, James Wilson, Barnes, Vokes, Long, Wickham - have all either scored goals at this level, or you'd bank on them scoring regular. You add that to our team and we're getting 3/ 4 every week, and in the big games against the better teams we've got a threat upfront. Davis has been a revelation this season and the way he holds the ball up and battles has been paramount to our success, but if he could score aswell we'd be pushing second, and until he finds his scoring form we won't be reaching higher than play offs.

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11 Dec 2017 14:18:16
Chris I agree with your post 100%
My choice of striker is alloa.
If Bruce gets the right one in we will be there abouts come end of season,
But play like we did on Saturday you can forget it
Very disappointed with that display and if millwall had won they deserved it,
I wish Bruce would get o'hare more involved,
With gabby nearly back into squad o'hares chances of every being involved with get less and less,
But next 4 games will tell us where we could end up at end of season,

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11 Dec 2017 15:49:58
Add Lewis grabban as another striker I would take,

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11 Dec 2017 19:32:18
Out of the names mentioned I'd go for Wickham

UTV.

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12 Dec 2017 08:30:24
We should be looking further away to find a goal scorer. Other clubs find quality players to take on loan so why can't AVFC?
Sometimes I wonder if we still suffer from Lerneritus and are reluctant to ask about certain players.
When did we last get a player that was a valued first team player?
We lost a team of players to predators and ok they wanted to go, but we should be expecting our management to be doing better.
Bruce has bought in many players that there clubs were reluctant to release, Kodjia, Lansbury etc .
However none are starlight players.
Other championship clubs are grabbing younger players on loan and we should be in there.
I would like to say "we are AVFC" but at present it means nothing, it's almost a curse. It also means we will pay inflated fees.
Do we have a list of targets? I hope so.
We have in our ranks players that could carry us up to the prem, and I want that well before I take my last breath.
So come on Bruce and other decision makers, remove your digit and get us a headliner to find the net on a re gulag basis.
Ffp will hold us back so get rid of the no hopes and get our younger players into play and an "Andy Gray" to lead us.

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12 Dec 2017 15:30:18
Good post Oldvillan, I agree totally.
One point I feel needs addressing just as much is our midfield, we desperately need a ball player/ playmaker too feed our front men.
If we don`t sort these area`s we will fall short come the seasons end.

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12 Dec 2017 16:25:47
Hourihane was signed for that but he’s always too deep, when he gets forward he unlocks doors. Same with Lansbury. When we play 2 midfielders with a number 10 the two mids end up sitting back, should look to play Jedinak/ Whelan and then Hourihane and Lansbury and give one of them the number 10 role.

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10 Dec 2017 12:16:13
Injuries and ffp is going to halt villas push for playoffs this is the time in jan when we need to spend but we can't because of stupid ffp that doesn't make sense at all, to make things worst wolves are going to spend 20mil so, hoq come they haven't been hit by ffp because surely they don't earn what they have spent over the last 2 transfer windows, i just think this rule sucks, then you have prem teams spending 300mil an over teams round euro leagues spending 220mil on 1 player. i think if there is a rule it should be in every league to make it fair not relax the rule in certain leagues because fifa scared of manu, city, barca, an realmadrid . sorry to go on but don't get ffp.

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10 Dec 2017 16:39:21
I have mentioned this topic so many times mate it's a disgrace but there's nothing we can do on ther other hand we shouldn't of wasted money on Ross mcormack and hogan wolves have loaned a lot mate they don't buy much.

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09 Dec 2017 19:53:02
Mike where lucky today, to only have one shot on target, was unbelievable . Since he came back rom suspension, Taylor has gone backwards . He looks lacking in confidence and so indecisive, he never plays a quick ball Snoddy is another one, who had a bad game today . He couldent pass warter today . Landsbury and Weelen played well and kept our midfield going . I never thought I'd be saying it, but I hope Samba isn't to bad . He was great today, never missed anything in the air . If needs be, next game I'd put Hutton in there, he was getting tackles in and covering all across the back again today . We certainly need something sorting for next game, we need an injection of energy . Why not give OHare a shot, he would certainly add energy and passion . Onomah looks like he could do with a rest, I was surprised when he wasent replaced by Jack today . Another game that at least we didn't loose Pluss another clean sheet . Next game Derby, we will need to up our game . Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

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09 Dec 2017 18:05:56
I would like to know the thoughts of others on the team performance today.
Millwall took the game to us and kept Johnson hands warm for sure.
How can we only get one shot on target in the whole game?
Let us not trot out our injuries, there are ten players on the pitch, surely one of them could have hit the targeT.

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09 Dec 2017 22:08:12
Looked very stale all over the team today. Sam J kept us at least the one point with another excellent performance. I suppose when grinding out results as we have of late we will get days like today! Massive next 3 with Rams, Bakers new crew and blunted blades of late! going to be a month to push on or fall behind! Trust Bruce to examine today and adjust accordingly UTV.

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10 Dec 2017 15:34:17
Millwall are the sort of team we always struggle against over the years,
Let's be honest they deserved to win the game,
I said in earlier post I fancied a 1-0 win but a bore draw would not supprise me,
Next 4 games are a very strong test for us and could be a pivotal part of the season,

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09 Dec 2017 09:48:46
Is Bruce really considering giving gabby another contract?
He he mad or what,
Gabby is not the player he was when he first come in the team,
He seems to have injurys on a regular basis and they are long injurys
He should be released when contract is up in my opinion
We already have Richards on big wages and not doing a think to help the squad,
Villa do have a bad record of having players on payroll which has been wasted money for the club,
Anyway enough of gabby and co,
1-0 win is my prediction for today.

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09 Dec 2017 10:43:36
I think the words were, “gabby could still earn a contract” if he scored 30 goals an won us the league I’d give him a contract. From what Bruce said at the minute he isn’t getting a new deal.

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09 Dec 2017 14:34:06
Chris for Bruce to even think of giving him another contract
Is stupid,
He has done nothing for us for years the very odd goal is not what We need in my opinion
Bruce should be giving the likes of o'hare and Hayes more game time,
See o'hare not in squad again?

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09 Dec 2017 17:37:40
As I said if he scored 30 goals between now and the end of the season it would be stupid to not give him a contract. Bruce is just stating facts, he hasn’t said he’s considering giving him a contract, he said he can still earn one, which he could, in a similar situation to the one I’ve mentioned.

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10 Dec 2017 13:08:05
Just let gabby leave along with Richards
Only trouble with that is nobody wants them!

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07 Dec 2017 13:21:17
Right people We heard a few ideas who people want the club to sign, so who in January do you want out of the club to raise funds? Also what's everybodys view on HS2 Going straight through Bodymore Heath its a serious problem for the club.

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07 Dec 2017 19:09:21
WTW sometimes I do wonder where you get your info from mate, HS2 is going to destroy the academy training pitches that’s it. It isn’t going “right through bodymoore Heath” by any stretch of the imagination. Training pitches can be relocated, their not first team and they can moved to other parts of the same site, all it would mean is youth players maybe having a longer walk. The main issue is the noise level, And how it may effect training sessions for the first team. When it was redone it was state of the art, and it’s still one of the best in the country now after all this time, however it is bricks and mortar, HS2 have to pay for the parts they plan to destroy (youth pitches) and should the noise level be proven to be of a certain level that would significantly disrupt sessions they would have to pay compensation to the club. In that case we take the opportunity to move and rebuild and give ourselves a state of the art complex once again. Training machines etc can be reused, then we find a new site and with the money from HS2 the new project would come at a lesser cost to us. Not a huge problem at the minute in my book. As for players, main position is striker, we need a tall strong striker who will take the weight of Davis’ shoulders whilst everyone seems to be crocked. I only say tall strong as the way we play that’s when we get the most out of the rest of the players in the team, we have seen Hogan types don’t work.

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07 Dec 2017 20:57:17
Murray, Benteke, Gayle, Long, Austin.
Murray and Austin and Gayle are instinctive strikers and this is what we lack.
Are they available?
In the crazy world we live in who knows.
We could lose Elphick, Richards, deLaet, Gabby Bunn, Elmohamady, McCormack, Tishbola.
Are Gollini and Gil still on loan?
So much dead wood.
Cant sell Hogan, injured.

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07 Dec 2017 22:42:59
I like your ambition Oldvillain but the only one of them 5 that would even be close to available would be Long, and even then your looking at possible transfer fee that we can’t afford and there would be plenty of struggling prem sides wanting him. Think we’ll be looking at loaning a youngster, be good if we can find a Tammy Abraham the way Bristol did last year.

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08 Dec 2017 15:42:50
Question, how do some "lesser" clubs get good quality youngster from the big 6 to join them on loan?
We shoold be the biggest draw in the championship but who do we get?
Somewhere along the way as a club we fail but who is to blame for this failure?
Our loans are around 30 years of age, almost past it. Someone has to pull their finger out.

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08 Dec 2017 18:08:56
We've got onomah (England u21), Snodgrass who cost 10m and a decent keeper on loan. I would say they have pulled their fingers out.

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08 Dec 2017 19:04:05
Not going to throw names in here, but there's got to be a market for players who represent a 'lesser' country in next years World Cup, that are warming the bench at their clubs, without a sniff of a regular run. I'm thinking someone who's a superstar in Africa or wherever but plays for Milan or Sevilla etc, Scandinavian players even?

UTV.

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08 Dec 2017 22:27:14
Lesser clubs garuantee playing time, unless we’re getting someone who walks into our first team we can’t garuantee a youngster is going to get minutes so it’s pointless clubs letting them out to us.

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06 Dec 2017 15:09:19
reasonably happy with where we are and how we are progressing. Just a little concerned at how O Hare is being treated The lad is full of energy, creativity and has a goal threat, and would be good to help Davis, but he cannot get any game time. Onomoha gets the game time but has looked tired lately. For me it is time to give him a rest and put in O'Hare with Lansbury instead of Hurihane as he looks shattered as well.
team for me Saturday
Johnstone
Hutton
Chester
Samba
Taylor
Wheelen
uncle Albert
Snoddy
Lansbury
O Hare
Davis

Bench
Grealish
Hurihane
Elohamody
Bunn
Onomoha
DeLeat
Suliman.

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06 Dec 2017 16:48:29
Don’t think you can bench Onomah and not plays grealish there after Leeds, would be a very strange decision. I think the team should stay largely the same, definitely keeper and back 4. After that the two in the middle is tricky because although he hasn’t done as much going forward Hourihane has been reading the game brilliantly lately, getting backward aswell as forward, Whelan at the minute is our only defensive midfielder option with Jedinak injured, and Lansbury was immense when he came on against Leeds and given license to get forward he can win games on his own. So really has to be Whelan and one of the other two, the widemen pick themselves really and Davis is the only option up top. That only leaves the number 10, is go for Grealish, he was a breath of fresh air against Leeds, I’d forgotten how good technically he was. Onomah needs dropping he was awful against Leeds. O’hare Should definitely be making the bench, his energy in the last 30 can change a game.

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06 Dec 2017 22:12:40
Agree chris. I think grealish in for onomah. definitely put ohare on the bench for thor. What more has ohare got to do to get game time? He nets for fun in the u23s and we are crying out for attacking players atm. Watch Bruce put agbonlahor on the bench as he's had a weeks training under his belt!

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07 Dec 2017 07:35:26
To be fair, I don’t like him but I’d have abonglahor on the bench because at the moment we don’t have a striker to swap Davis with, so whether he’s playing good or bad (Leeds) he has to stay on, also without a striker on the bench we can’t really change the system, the way we start games the 451 is easily swapped to a 442 if you’ve got a second striker. My bench would be
Steer
Elmo
Elphic
Lansbury/ Hourihane (whoever isn’t starting)
Onomah/ Grealish (whoever isn’t starting)
O’hare
Gabby (swap him with Kodjia or hogan when one of them is fit)

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08 Dec 2017 08:36:19
I think anomah should be dropped and grealish in his place,
I agree with Chris about o'hare he should be more involved but Bruce seems to leave him out the squad altogether which I think is wrong,
Gabby who I am not a fan at all would have to come on the bench only because we have not a forward to come on for Davis,
Leave the team as it is at moment except for that grealish in
For anomah.
As for the game against millwall we should win but again another banana skin game which we foul up many times,
1-0 for me to villa.
But would not suppriss if it was a bore draw.
Come on you lions!

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