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07 Apr 2021 13:32:50
Lots of speculation about who we should sign but with enough points in the bag now to avoid relegation I would like to see some of our promising youngsters given a chance before our owners splash the cash
There are some really talented players in our under 23’s who just need the opportunity to perform at Premier League level
Undoubtedly some will sink and some will swim but we will never know unless they are given a platform to perform on.
Then Dean Smith can decide if any of them are ready and maybe redirect transfer funds to specific targets
Just a thought.

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07 Apr 2021 13:45:48
Big Tone, you are echoing what many of us have been saying on here for months mate, very pleased you feel the same mate.
Unfortunately the Management don`t seem to feel the same, as you say now we are safe, there is no better time than the present, to give our more promising youngsters some valuable first team minutes.

07 Apr 2021 21:39:16
I'm really looking forward to this window and next season, it's been a long, long time since we were in such a strong position. Financially we are stable and owned by two billionaires who appear to know what they are doing and know exactly what they want and are willing to back that with hard cash.

We have a good manager in Smith who has taken the club forward every season he has been here and if fans are willing to be a little more patient then we will have the strength in depth to compete at the highest level, we are short of that at the moment but this window will address a couple of those short falls although probably not all.

We are also a club going forward that mean business and we have shown that by holding on to our top stars, players from other clubs would also of noted this with gives us a much stronger hand in the transfer market, we are now an attractive club to join.

It is a great time to be a Villa fan and it's a relief to see the club finally being run in the right manner, hold on to your hats Villans we are in for a crazy ride but remember it won't all happen at once and there will still be ups and downs, but stay patient and support your players, club and manager and I promise you will have the ride of your life, glory days are just around the corner my friends. UTV

👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍.

08 Apr 2021 09:10:54
I do like to read a bit of positivity Biggles, well said indeed. As Dave said BigToneAV, a few of us on here have been advocating trying the youngsters out between now and the end of the season. I think it would keep the regulars on their toes and help keep a high tempo on the pitch as well. It would be a shame if the season just fizzled out without trying something different. Nice to know there’s somebody else on board with the same view. 👍.

08 Apr 2021 10:14:35
The old saying goes if your good enough your old enough and I truly believe that. Take Ramsey for instance changed the dynamics of the game when he came on on Sunday along with DaviesBut what does Deano do? Play a couple of youngsters and see how they get on? Or does he stick with the favoured? Either way he is flummoxed risk our slight Euro Hope's or does he go for broke? . Its a catch 22 situation I'm glad I'm not in the hot seat as he's the one getting paid to make these difficult decisions. Me personally I'd play 2 up top on Sunday and have Barry on the bench.

08 Apr 2021 21:45:14
I agree about the youngsters, nothing to lose this season. I personally would like to see young Barry feature up front with Ollie against Liverpool, he has already scored against them once and shown his ability so it would put the fear of god into them, also creating more space for Ollie.

Some of the youngsters may be ready for the challenge and others not, but either way the club have a very bright future and it won't be long before we have a constant influx of top class young stars breaking into the first team. UTV 👍👍.

08 Apr 2021 22:13:45
Like your thinking Biggles, I just hope the people that matter at VP, take the time and have a look around the forums.

09 Apr 2021 08:41:48
Biggles you're far too optimistic mate 👍🤣🤣🤣🤣 love your thinking and positivity 😁 a refreshing change from the Dad's Army "we're doomed, doomed i tell ya "🤣🤣🤣🤣.

23 Feb 2021 14:31:29
Sander Berge being linked, would be perfect and hopefully at a good price if they go down.

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23 Feb 2021 14:59:08
Would be a good signing if true Chris, he is a big lad as well.

{Ed077's Note - Isn't he out with a long term injury currently?

23 Feb 2021 15:08:10
Ed077 yes he is but Utd are expecting him back before the end of the season Wilder has said he knows Berge is using Utd as a stepping stone to bigger and better things however I think from the interview he gave they are expecting interest from clubs involved in Europe rather than teams like us,

{Ed077's Note - that's sensible point of view from Sheffield United and Wilder.

23 Feb 2021 15:10:38
Yes Ed, don`t think he will feature again this season, hamstring problem I think.

{Ed077's Note - Might not be fully fit and firing even if he gets back before this season's end}

23 Feb 2021 15:23:52
I agree it’s a sensible point of view, but also a dangerous one. I remember us signing Gueye and him mentioning something about bigger things in his first interview, we got relegated and he was sold.

I admit I didn’t know Berge was injured, he’s a brilliant player though and could be that anchor man we’ve been missing for so long.

{Ed077's Note - It largely comes down to the players mentality. Its better for players to want to do so well that the better team come after them than it is to have players who are just happy to be there and not strive to improve IMO.

Although it might pain but Gueye did do well enough to earn a move to Everton and then to PSG.}

23 Feb 2021 16:06:00
Don’t get me wrong Ed Gueye was phenomenal, in an awful team for us. But looking back after the comments he made and then the stats he picked up, was he playing within himself, playing safe in order to get that move should the worse happen.

{Ed077's Note - That is one way of looking at it but he wasnt useless like you pointed out. If I remember correctly he was one of your better performers during that season which wasnt the biggest achievement but still not too bad.

23 Feb 2021 16:43:53
It was obvious to most Villa fans that both Gueye and Veretout were excellent players, and they’ve gone on to have successful careers at PSG and Roma. Unfortunately they were largely surrounded by mediocrity when they were with us, and we were unable to match their ambitions. Neither would be out of place in the current squad though, and I would be more than happy if we could bring a few more of their calibre and ambition in this Summer.

{Ed077's Note - Well said mark.

23 Feb 2021 17:04:38
Are you our new Ed? if so welcome on board mate.

{Ed077's Note - I am the editor of the masses mark. But I am not a Villa supporter if you meant in that way:-P

23 Feb 2021 17:16:28
Ok, my apologies, it’s just that Ed001 made reference to a new Ed this morning. Perhaps we can work on you becoming a Villa supporter 😁.

{Ed077's Note - Unlikely nay Impossible mate. But appreciate the thought. And no need to apologise mark

23 Feb 2021 19:46:47
Veretout was my favourite of the bunch to be honest, just never ever played in the right position. When you look back we had 5 or 6 players good enough to keep us in the league. Gueye, Veretout, Amavi, Traore, Ayew, Grealish (albeit young), problem was 5 of those had been signed that summer, the turn around was way too much and it didn’t really matter who we brought in, too much change and no cohesion meant we were doomed from the start.

{Ed077's Note - off the top of my head didn't you have Richards and past it Lescott as the CB pairing though? Might explain how you went down no!}

23 Feb 2021 20:16:11
Certainly didn’t help Ed, nor did the atmosphere in the dressing room or the decisions in the boardroom ie how we got shut of a manager who a few months earlier had taken us a very average team at best to an FA cup final and replaced him with the wrong man at the wrong time, come to think of it I am not sure Remi Garde would ever have been the right man at any time. In fact does anyone know where Remi is now?

{Ed077's Note - Remi has been out of job since getting sacked by Montreal Impact in 2019}

23 Feb 2021 20:15:25
2 questions about this rumour
1 can he do the skirting boards in the players lounge? (sorry wrong kind of sander😳)
2 is he any relation to the bloke who sang "Lady in red"?
Seriously though, decent player and physical presence 👍.

23 Feb 2021 20:36:56
Gone from strength to strength then I see.

23 Feb 2021 20:36:56
Yes Ed, we had Lescott who quite literally didn’t care and Micah Richards who refused to accept he’s a right back! Wasn’t the best base to build from!

Garde has to go down as one of the worst premier league managers of the last decade🙈.

21 Feb 2021 23:29:42
One of the reasons we're easy to play against is that we play the same every week and teams know now too have 2 defenders on him, trez, elgahzi, elmo, Davis, all need to be sold, barkley so lazy and is overrated, we so need another striker, winger, and that's without squad players that need replacing, we were always going to have a blip every team has, I do worry for Smith if this continues because old habits are creeping in our game again, Smith is a decent manager, but if we are to push for top 8 and top 6 in nxt 3/ 4 yrs is he the right man too take us there, I'm not calling for him to go but he doesn't have a plan a, b, c, and never uses his subs properly, and isn't ruthless he comes across to Nice, look at westham in the same position as us last season but this season like us improved but they have a manager who knows how too mix it up moyes is a very good manager, and has made great signings soucek, coufal, signings of the season in my view, where ever we finish we have made improvements and need to go again and improve more in summer 6/ 7 players need to come in squad, 6 out as well.

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22 Feb 2021 09:30:48
4eva I agree with you completely re who we need to ship out and you can add Hourihane, Taylor and Engels to that list. With regards Deano this is only his second season at this level and it’s a steep learning curve, if someone had said at the end of last season we would be where we are now with only just over half the season gone we would have snapped there hands off. and to my mind that earns Deano some time however I do think he has to adapt to the requirements of the league so as a number of posters have already pointed out we need to have a plan b which we don’t seem to have at the moment we continue to play out from the back when teams employ a high press against us, if you look at City on occasions they can mix it up and play long ball as evidenced by Ederson’s assist the other day so for me it shouldn’t be a one size fits all. He definitely needs to make better use of the bench and be more ruthless when it comes to selection and I would like to see a couple of the kids at least make the bench and it was good to see that yesterday. I think we are ahead of where we thought we would be when our owners took over but again our summer recruitment is going to be vital in terms of the clubs progression if this time next year we are making no progress then I think it’s fair enough to start to ask questions about the manager but not before.

24 Feb 2021 01:27:18
Well said there. If and only if the team struggle next year after continued investment is it really fair to ask any 'big questions' of Smith. Until then he's certainly earned the right to be given time to develop the squad. Most people would admit we're probably a season ahead of where we were aiming with winning the playoffs when Smith took over, so we've had to progress even quicker which in itself is tough going. With such a positive start and being comfortable in the league I can understand the frustration some show about wanting squad players out, wanting more consistency and the fan mentality of always wanting more, but as a fan base I'd hope most would be able to look at the big picture, recognise the huge strides we're making as a club, get behind the manager and players and enjoy it. Just think where we were 3 years ago!

20 Feb 2021 12:48:38
Rumours picking up pace that Grealish has got his shin injury again and looking like 4 weeks out.

I'm a bit Dubois because the main sources for this are him not being in the training pictures, and a fantasy premier league Twitter account discussing it.

A friend has forwarded a message of Grealish' "cousin" which says it's his shin again, but the text is flakey at best and my friend is a bluenose, so I'm very sceptical to be honest.

Fingers crossed it's them down the road trying to lighten up their season.

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20 Feb 2021 14:27:11
I hope not chris, I have been trying to find out myself, there are a few snippets scattered about, but nothing definite.
There is an interview on AVFC with Michelle Owen, it is noted as being a day ago, but no indication from him that he is carrying any sort of injury.
So fingers crossed mate, he would be a big miss, compounded by Matty.

20 Feb 2021 15:24:11
Sam Dave, I’ve had a look and can’t find anything, other than he isn’t in the training pictures released.

07 Feb 2021 08:24:36
I see according to press reports we are looking to offer Jack a new deal and make a move to sign Barkley permanently thoughts?

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07 Feb 2021 08:42:26
Sign his best mate to keep your best player happy, makes sense but not for the right reasons.

07 Feb 2021 09:01:46
If Chelski want £30M for Barkley, I’d offer them £10M more for Mount, that’d confuse out of Southgate if they were on the pitch at the same time. 🤔

UTV.

07 Feb 2021 09:31:41
He'll only have 👀 for Mason 💖👬🥰.

07 Feb 2021 14:45:56
I really rate Mount to be honest, but don’t think we’d have a hope in signing him. If Chelsea want to play sensible for Barkley, I’d do it, providing it was value we couldn’t get elsewhere.

07 Feb 2021 15:04:52
I personally don`t want Barkley near VP, full stop.
If we sign him, I have no doubt he will be a problem, he has all the traits of a J. Lescott, S. Ireland, performs when he feels like it.

07 Feb 2021 20:28:16
Looks like we are prepared to up Jack’s salary to £200k a week, and pay Chelsea £40 million for Barkley according to Sky Sports, I do like Barkley but not at £40 million better value to be had elsewhere.

07 Feb 2021 21:07:18
They bought him for £15M when he was playing arguably his best football, he’s gone backwards since then and is a few years older, £20M or less in a heavily impacted by C.V. market or walk away

UTV.

07 Feb 2021 21:15:22
I wouldn’t go higher than £30 million for Barkley and even that will be a little too high.

07 Feb 2021 21:25:36
Reports stating Chelski want £40m.
No thank you not at that price. £20m sounds more realistic.
To be honest he has more average games than very good ones and that isn't worth forking out £40m imo.

08 Feb 2021 12:25:49
We could buy a serious player with 40 million, I like rafinha of Leeds or Harrison. Barkley’s England days are over there’s no way he’s worth 40 million.

08 Feb 2021 12:33:54
Not a chance we pay £40 million for Barkley, it goes against every bit of business the owners/ board have done since coming in. The clues are all there, this isn’t one I’d worry about.

The Grealish deal has potential, the owners have already clinged onto him when it looked most likely he’d leave twice. They know for us to progress we have to keep hold of him. It wasn’t that long ago we were neck and neck with Spurs fighting for European places, the difference was we sold our best players, where as they held onto there’s for that little bit longer and moved onto that next level. We can’t make that mistake again, and imo under this new leadership, we won’t make that mistake again.

08 Feb 2021 14:33:56
Sorry not for me at any price. I think there are more consistent performers out there we could look at. He's too hit and miss for my liking. We need players who like jack/ Luiz can influence games not to play a bit part. Goes missing far too much for me.

30 Jan 2021 14:00:58
Vassilev off to Cheltenham on loan. He will do well there.

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31 Jan 2021 21:35:00
The difference is that Cheltenham although a division lower are pushing for promotion therefore creating many scoring opportunities, Burton on the other hand are sitting bottom of the table and producing very few chances each match. A striker can look poor when the team around him is also poor so I think he will start to shine a little more.

26 Jan 2021 17:53:35
Villa announce Sanson.

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31 Jan 2021 21:36:20
Great to have him, he can play all over the midfield which is so useful plus he is a damn good player too and a constant goal threat.

26 Jan 2021 16:46:54
Valencia looking at Marvelous Nakamba if they fail to sign Lucas Torreira.

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26 Jan 2021 18:54:42
Given his performance last weekend I'd be disappointed if he did leave but then again if we got decent money it would soften the blow.
Hope he stays and shows same qualities as Saturday.

26 Jan 2021 12:10:42
Rumour from another website that Philogene-Bidace will sign for Club Brugge when his contract expires in the summer.

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26 Jan 2021 16:17:49
I hope that’s not true John, he’s definitely one of the more talented youngsters in the group.

26 Jan 2021 17:00:10
I hope it’s not true either Mark, but European clubs like Brugge tend to give youth its chance early if they are good enough so in some cases youngsters like Philogene-Bidace may well decide to take the risk of playing first team football abroad than stew in the reserves with us waiting for the odd 15 minutes first team football here and there.

26 Jan 2021 18:24:04
Hopefully Villa will offer him a decent enough contract to convince him to stay, and then find him a worthwhile loan move. 🤞🏻.

26 Jan 2021 21:15:00
He has stated he wants to stay at Villa.

28 Jan 2021 12:33:47
Apparently Barcelona are interested.

25 Jan 2021 10:41:09
Alex teixeria a name that's doing the rounds this morning, free agent but getting on at 31 years old, thoughts?

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25 Jan 2021 12:43:41
He was the one who went to China for £450k a week!
Imagine what he'd be asking now.

Would he get a work permit?
Where would he fit?
Davis replacement?
Would DS risk it?

I just think its bull.
he's supposed to still be in China due to travel restrictions back to Brazil.
We will be linked with every available striker as that what we need.

25 Jan 2021 12:47:29
i have got no thoughts at all Whacky, age and position says it all.

25 Jan 2021 13:57:16
We do seem well stacked in that position now with Swanson coming in, would prefer a back up LB or striker.

25 Jan 2021 14:46:38
Sanson mate. 😂.

25 Jan 2021 17:28:33
Lol stupid auto correct😂😂 it usually try’s to change it to Samson 😂😂.

25 Jan 2021 17:31:19
Do you think once Sanson is signed that will end our interest of signing Barkley permanently? or do you see the signing as the continuation of our building a squad capable of challenging the better sides in the league? I hope it’s the latter but fear it’s the former.

25 Jan 2021 18:18:45
Not sure John, I did say the other day, that I thought he might be the better option, cost, injury, age etc.
But you never know, I would like another striker through the door mate, rather than Barkley if I am honest.

25 Jan 2021 21:51:09
Can’t hurt to have them both till the end of the season, if sanson does the business I think a move for Barkley is dead in the water, unless of coarse he can be bought for 15-18 million.

 


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