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08 Jun 2021 15:37:47
Anybody know anything about Papa Matar Sarr? Seems like this guy is generating a lot of interest from some big clubs including us but from what I read this is his breakthrough season and he has only really played a relatively small number of games, no doubt given the level of interest he is a good player but at only 18 is he up to the rigours of the premiership?


1.) 08 Jun 2021 16:26:08
There are several reports in France saying that Villa have lodged their interest and are prepared to pay around 25 million euros for him. Seems a lot to pay for an 18 year old but he is one of the most highly rated in his age bracket over here. His FIFA rating is currently 61, with a potential of 79, which is exceptional. Chukwuemeka for instance has a current rating of 56, with a potential of 74.
I didn’t watch many Ligue 1 matches this season, so I can’t give you my impression of him. However, the reviews, the high FIFA ratings, the fact he’s already played for Senegal, and our needs for a quality DM, where he supposedly excels suggest he might be a good one to go for.

{Ed002's Note - Pape Matar Sarr (DM/CM/AM) Metz don't want to sell the versatile youngster after only signing the youngster last summer but if a good offer were made they would consider it. Unlikely to qualify for a Work Permit in England and one who will be off to AFCON although Everton and Aston Villa will seek an exemption if they can reach agreement over price as both may have the need to recruit a replacement for Luiz and Besic.}

2.) 08 Jun 2021 20:15:17
I forgot about the work permit element to this with the new rules following Brexit. Not sure what the criteria is for qualifying, seem to remember a player has to have played a minimum number of games at a certain level etc.

3.) 08 Jun 2021 22:38:38
Is the criteria something to do with games played for their national team and/ or fee paid for the transfer Ed?

4.) 09 Jun 2021 06:13:21
Chris, I’ve read up a bit on this and I expect you probably have done also, but for the benefit of those who haven’t
EU players will need a GBE ( Governing Body Endorsement ) . This can only be immediately approved with a score of 15 points. Points are awarded on criteria, including no. Of international caps and the FIFA ranking of the players country. The strength of the league from which the player is arriving from and the number of club appearances they have already made is also a factor.
If a player scores between 10 and 14 points an exceptions panel will make a ruling.
I did read however, that there could be a special permissions for players between 18 and 19, if they don’t qualify for a GBE, such as if they have made a certain number of appearances in the first team of their current club, but it didn’t specify how many.

5.) 09 Jun 2021 20:39:33
I hadn’t read up mark, so thanks for letting us know👍 Sounds like a Visa isn’t out of the question then if the link is true.



08 Jun 2021 12:25:25
If we are looking for a left back to challenge Targett how about Antonee Robinson at Fulham, premier league experience, right age bracket and wouldn't be too expensive I would have thought.


1.) 08 Jun 2021 19:02:34
I saw Josh Doig mentioned of Hibs. The last player we bought from Hibs was a bargain, could he be another?
Just 19, but he was picked as the left back for the pick of the Scottish Premiership team apparently.
John, I replied to your post regarding Papa Matar Sarr around midday today also, but clearly it got lost or rejected perhaps!

2.) 08 Jun 2021 20:19:14
Seen that Mark, he said he wants to stay put mate.
Leeds are looking at him as well Mark, mind you they have only got 3 gift vouchers, 50 green shield stamp books, and an expired visa card.

3.) 08 Jun 2021 21:05:23
That much 🤣🤣.

4.) 10 Jun 2021 08:59:44
Robinson isn’t a bad shout. It is tricky identifying players with potential, who may need to be content with a covering role. Salary is often the inducement. Both LB and CF roles look key areas for this.

I wouldn’t write Wesley off yet, but see his better role being one where he runs at defences off the left side - a sort of old inside forward, if anyone still has any idea what I am referring to!



11 May 2021 17:01:48
We are apparently being linked with a move for Anguissa from Fulham for the defensive midfielder role.


1.) 11 May 2021 22:11:45
I could see that being on option. Possibly a bit cheaper than Berge.

Smith might fancy pushing Luiz up into a CM role. Quite how he fits McGinn and Sanson in as well though is anybody’s guess. The Frenchman may have to warm the bench.

2.) 13 May 2021 13:34:57
I have been doing a bit of reading on Anguissa and so the plosives are that he’s quite athletic, quick and can pick a pass however he also has a tendency to switch off on occasion and has got the odd rick in him! We have already got a couple of players who fit that profile so he’s not for me if I am honest, the problem I have is if it’s not Berge or Bissouma then I am not sure who I would want to fill that defensive midfield role, certainly no one from the premier league screams out at me maybe we have to look abroad.

3.) 14 May 2021 23:42:30
The lad at Sporting Lisbon (Joao Palinha) looks a decent option, or Sangare at PSV. My top choice would probably be AZ’s Teun Koopmeiners. Any of those should be gettable tbh. Slightly more fanciful, but might we make a play for Camavinga at Rennes, given the state of French football finances? Lots of options out there and I’m encouraged by Smith’s recent comments about exciting targets and the work that’s already been done to secure them.

4.) 16 May 2021 22:55:37
Koopmeiners is a name that has cropped up again in the last couple of weeks on one web blog, which I cannot recall. He has a remarkable scoring record for a DM and would have longer term captaincy credentials, should that be required.

There is a suggestion that Berge has a £35M release clause. That would be a rather unattractive cosideration, if true.



05 May 2021 11:50:20
The plot re Chukwuemeka thickens, apparently he wants to leave in the summer because the club has apparently reneged on certain promises that were made to him. If that is the case I would assume it relates to opportunities with the first team, and if that's true, and he is as good as people say then it's poor from the club and doesn't bode well for the other youngsters coming through.


1.) 05 May 2021 13:01:06
This was in football insider. who also promoted the story about Bayern leading the chase. Their ‘source’ is non-specific and it feels this is a lot of hot air to me. He’s not long signed his contract; someone wants to buy him they’re looking at paying out £25-30m+ based on Bellingham’s transfer and the inevitable comparisons they’ve been made between the two players. Bayern feels like a lazy link too. just because Bellingham moved to Dortmund? Bayern already have Musiala, and Rhein coming through too. Makes little sense.

The allegation of broken promises also feels a stretch given he’s been with the first team squad, and in the match day travelling squad. The lad has been on the bench twice, and seen JJ given an opportunity. What else could he realistically expect? He’s in a great place at Villa to fulfil his potential, and hopefully he’s getting good advice to that effect.

2.) 05 May 2021 13:32:45
Chukwumeka will not be signing for Aston Villa 😉😁.

3.) 05 May 2021 13:52:10
Hope your right Ant but if he is as good as people say he only has to look at Bellingham as to what can happen if given a chance, playing for the noses one year and then in the Champions League and for England the next, as you say the key thing is who is advising him but if the club have given him certain assurances which haven’t been lived up and he has lost confidence in management then who knows he may very well look to pastures new.

4.) 05 May 2021 16:01:40
Hi John,
It would appear that he has the same malaise re management that some of us have.
In the mid 50's a lad from Dudley was sent away from VP because he was a very big lad, and he was!
Played for England after a couple of years. Played for Man Utd.
His name Duncan Edwards.
Great loss after the Munich air crash in 1958.

5.) 06 May 2021 13:36:02
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6.) 06 May 2021 15:48:07



03 May 2021 19:17:27
Chukwuemeka to Bayern in the summer! I hope that rumour is just that, a rumour.





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22 Jun 2021 21:54:45
Well well well, Jack doesn't last 90 minutes what a surprise. The sooner we go out the sooner we can get rid of that idiot Southgate.


1.) 22 Jun 2021 22:35:59
Problem is tho villajohn even if we do go out next round southgates job is safe.

By all accounts they want him to lead us in the next World Cup and with the squad being so young they see this as work in progress.

Don’t get me wrong I want him gone as he has no flair, his management style is like his personality BORING and DULL

Be more than happy with frank lampard.



21 Jun 2021 14:42:34
Interesting article today about why Southgate has a reluctance to pick Jack some of which sounds plausible some less so. The reasons identified were as follows:
1. Not knowing what is Jack's best position
2. Concerns over his work rate.
3. Disagreements Jack had with U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd who was a close associate of Southgate.
4. Not trusting him to carry out instructions (Steve Bruce initially had similar concerns if my memory serves me right)
5. Southgate has squad favourites including surprise surprise Mount, Sterling, and Henderson, who receive preferential treatment.
Interesting to see given the situation we find ourselves in whether Southgate will 'trust ' Jack against the Czechs.


1.) 21 Jun 2021 17:10:15
If Jack doesn’t start against the Czechs, don’t think I’m even going to bother watching


2.) 21 Jun 2021 17:21:00
Not sure it is all Southgates summary, there is probably some fabrication attached to it.
Having said that, Southgate need to wise up a bit, good players do not always make good managers.
With the players he has at his disposal, we should be making some very big waves, Grealish for Stirling is the first step me thinks.



13 Jun 2021 16:00:36
I think we have seen what lies ahead for Jack in the Euro's, he will only start if nothing is riding on the Czech game, otherwise Jack will at best get 10 or 15 minutes here and there and probably only if we are chasing a result. I am sure the pundits will be singing the teams praises but for me I thought we were bang average and if we play like this against the likes of Italy or Belgium we will get well beaten.


1.) 13 Jun 2021 16:17:04
It’s a good start, but Croatia were poor and I’m inclined to agree John. On a positive note Tyrone put in a solid performance and Kalvin Phillips, though it pains me to say it, was outstanding.

2.) 13 Jun 2021 17:31:58
I agree mark, Croatia were poor but if you listen to the pundits you would think we were much the better side, and whilst we were better if you looked at the stats the possession was 50/ 50, each side had 8 shots only 2 of which were on target, and I think the corner count was pretty similar also, that doesn’t say to me it was a dominant performance against a poor side and let’s not forget we were the home team.

3.) 13 Jun 2021 19:56:40
I love jack for what he’s done for villa and hope he has many more seasons playing for the real lions but no sympathy for him not getting picked for England, him and rice should be playing for Ireland and don’t deserve to be picked ahead of guys who have played their whole careers for England. Ireland were good enough for them when they weren’t considered good enough for England so I think it’s just karma tbh 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪.

4.) 14 Jun 2021 15:29:46
They aren’t Irish mate, and any real Irishman would be embarrassed by the amount of players who represent Ireland despite have never stepped foot in the country.

5.) 15 Jun 2021 01:41:48
They can’t exactly play for Ireland without setting foot in the country mate, u know we play our home games there and also train😂

Owen hargreaves, fikayo tomori, wilfried zaha, Matt le tissier, graeme le saux, John Barnes, raheem sterling, to name but a few players not born in England but wore the jersey,
No different for jack and Declan, if they didn’t consider themselves Irish they shouldn’t of declared for Ireland through parents or grandparents, and definitely shouldn’t be allowed to switch allegiances imo.

6.) 15 Jun 2021 19:09:50
All make mistakes when we’re young.

As I say, no Irish man should want English lads playing for them, that’s essentially saying “we can’t compete with them so we’ll take the lads who aren’t good enough for them”.

7.) 16 Jun 2021 19:06:23
3 of jacks grandparents are Irish so he is in fact more Irish than English, lots of ways of looking at it mate. bit like club lvl also we have to buy players not deemed good enough for the top teams.
England not much to compete with tbh, 1 major trophy to their name.



13 Jun 2021 13:16:42
True to form Mount is in Grealish isn't. Sterling who wasn't even a regular at City gets the nod, so much for form counting for anything. Even if we win the whole thing we should sack Southgate he is clueless he wouldn't recognise creativity if it hit him in the face.


1.) 13 Jun 2021 13:39:11
Trippier at left back, ahead of Chilwell and Shaw who have both been excellent this season 🤷🏼.
We knew he wouldn’t pick Jack didn’t we? Frankly he doesn’t deserve to have him at his disposal.



06 Jun 2021 14:54:36
I don't know how many of you are interested in watching the plethora of sports documentaries which are around at the moment but I thought I would recommend one which is a little bit different, thought provoking and ultimately very sad and that's ' Forbidden Games' which is the Justin Fashanu's story.

Unlike most of the other sports docs which tend to focus on the success of an individual or team this charts Fashanu's rise and fall from his start in a dr barnado's orphanage with his brother John the rejection of his mother and father to him becoming the first £1 million black footballer, his coming out as gay the rejection of his brother John through to how football treated him and ultimately his suicide at 37.

Clearly a flawed individual in many ways but sometimes seeing this side of things puts the whole football merry go round into perspective.


1.) 06 Jun 2021 16:17:18
I’ll give it a watch John, he came across well, albeit flawed in the crazy gang documentary.

Unfortunately the viewpoint that footballers shouldn’t have issues/ problems/ feeling etc because of how much they are paid is still fairly common.




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09 Jun 2021 10:58:45
Not particularly if we want a striker on a free how about Danny Welbeck I don’t think Brighton have extended his contract as yet.




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08 Jun 2021 21:05:23
That much 🤣🤣.




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05 Jun 2021 20:15:40
I hope he does sig for us it will be a real coup but he ain’t signed yet.




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05 Jun 2021 17:08:21
Hope your right Moose however I think we should know fairly quickly, the rumours are we are close to reaching a deal acceptable to Norwich, if that’s the case then if he wants to join he should sign if he prevaricates then that would suggest he is waiting for someone else to come in, if that’s the case then we should move on we don’t want Rashica 2.0 on our hands and look to land Pereira £15 million sounds like a bargain in today’s market to me.




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05 Jun 2021 13:21:15
I think we have a real chance with Periera but Buendia’s family favour a move to the capital, so I think it’s unlikely we land him despite press speculation.





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22 Jun 2021 16:43:07
Bet he’s on £75k a week 😀. Good riddance at least that’s the end of any rumours linking us to him.




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18 Jun 2021 22:09:34
The sad thing is he probably won’t f### the f### off although he absolutely should and the reason why he won’t is that he is just the type the FA like to stand in front of the media, for those of us old enough to remember similar to when the FA handed the England Managers job to Ron Greenwood instead of the best manager for the job in Brian Clough because the big chiefs didn’t like what he had to say. We will in nothing with Southgate in charge.




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18 Jun 2021 20:50:00
It comes to something when the opposing teams lead commentator admits he is happier to face an England team without Grealish in it. As I said before the competition started win lose or draw the whole thing Southgate needs to be sacked he is tactically totally clueless.




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13 Jun 2021 17:31:58
I agree mark, Croatia were poor but if you listen to the pundits you would think we were much the better side, and whilst we were better if you looked at the stats the possession was 50/ 50, each side had 8 shots only 2 of which were on target, and I think the corner count was pretty similar also, that doesn’t say to me it was a dominant performance against a poor side and let’s not forget we were the home team.




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07 Jun 2021 12:13:30
I think Southgate will play 3 centre backs with Maguire being injured as he doesn’t trust our defenders in a flat back four. If he does play 3 at the back then with 2 wing backs and a defensive midfielder he only has room for 2 creative central midfielders one of which should be Jack and the other a choice between Mount and Foden however I think he will play Mount and Foden and leave Jack on the bench.