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19 May 2022 22:19:52
Despite the penalty Beundia head and shoulders above everyone as man of the match but he'll be dropped again Sunday.




27 Sep 2020 13:33:17
Apparently Alli is available and Chris Sutton has suggested he could come to us.
I know we were linked to him when he was at MK Dons but for me he is by far the most overrated player in the league.

He had one good season as an unknown but has been found out regularly ever since. Plays like a beemer/ merc/ audi driver who thinks they're all that because they've "made it".


1.) 27 Sep 2020 13:46:50
Alli is a good player had a poor season last year but before that I think his stats since he joined Spurs stand comparison with anyone playing in that type of role. I think he struggles with how Mourinho wants him to play, however I am not sure he is what we need right now, I would rather we bought a wide man and moved Jack into a more central position where I think he can create more havoc.

Just as an aside, I drive a Mercedes but I certainly don’t think I have “made it“ lol 😊.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 15:30:33
We want footballers not Boxers. 😊.

3.) 27 Sep 2020 15:31:57
Joking aside, totally agree John.

4.) 27 Sep 2020 16:09:49
Agree John, no doubt he improves us, but it’s one of the last positions we need improving in.

I rate Alli, just think he’s only really played in his position for two seasons. Did pretty well, and because of that success he just kept getting pushed further forward and then out wide which just never worked. He’s a number 8, old school, box to box, from a time when centre mids were expected to do both, go forwards and backwards, that’s how he made his name and needs to get back to it to see the best of him.

There are big questions about his attitude, seems pretty childish on the all or nothing documentary.



27 Sep 2020 13:32:09
The Sun obviously have their biases but are normally clued in on transfers. The Scottish Sun claim Brighton have expressed an interest in Edouard. Maybe that makes him available for less than we thought? No way they pay the expected £40mill on a player.




12 Sep 2020 10:15:28
I see Noel Whelan is up to his old tricks again. Claims Wilson not happening meant we panic bought our second choice.
Obviously does zero research before spouting off when Watkins was clearly our main transfer target from day 1.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 10:36:54
The guy is an irrelevant cretin. The man is robbing a living. Every man and his dog knew Watkins was Smith’s number one target.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 11:47:43
Agree ant, the Watkins deal took at least 2 weeks to thrash out it was almost there before any bid went in for Wilson, isn’t whelan a Leeds fan? Nothing but jealousy they couldn’t even convince their manager to stay on for more than 1 year cause he knows they going to do a Norwich and go straight back down😂😂.

3.) 12 Sep 2020 12:04:46
Just for clarity Whackattack Bielsa only ever signs 1 year contracts so it’s nothing to do with his lack of faith in his team, and I for one don’t think they will go down in fact I think they are more likely to do a Wolves or Sheffield Utd. Bielsa is a class act.

4.) 12 Sep 2020 12:07:02
I can never understand why ex-pros are considered experts in the transfer market. I don’t think they have any more idea than the rest of us and clearly don’t research much, if anything.

Kevin Phillips suggests we made a massive mistake in missing out on Callum Wilson. Well, firstly the guy didn’t want to move to Villa and, secondly, he has a paltry scoring record in the EPL, managing double figures once. All the Sky and Talk Sport place the guy on a pedestal as some phenomenal goal scorer. Complete tosh.

5.) 12 Sep 2020 12:35:42
If Wilson had stayed with Bournemouth for this season, I doubt that he would have scored half the number of goals Watkins scored last season.

6.) 12 Sep 2020 14:06:06
I do agree villajohn he is a good manager I was just having a pop at Leeds, wasn’t his last contract for 2 years with option to extend by 1 year, well so say the article about him signing the extension anyways, honestly I can’t see them doing a Sheffield or wolves he’s not as good a man manager as wilder or nuno, they threw away automatic promotion last year then rubbish themselves in the playoffs, and started to slip a bit this year also into the new year, bilic was also a good manager with Fulham but it didn’t save him, 1 thing for sure I think this year’s premier league will be tougher than last years, looking through the fixtures there’s none looking to easy, my money is on West Ham Fulham Brighton West Brom and Leeds to slug it out down the bottom, what u guys think who will be in the relegation battle?

7.) 12 Sep 2020 18:32:15
Look at Bielsa’s record, wherever he has been he has had success and he plays a brand of entertaining football which is why he is such a sought after manager. I have even heard Klopp refer to him as world class so that’s good enough for me. Time will tell whether Leeds tsurvive or not it I think they will even if it’s only because there are 3 worse teams which I think will be West Ham, Fulham and Albion I also have a sneaking feeling Brighton might struggle as well.



17 May 2020 09:06:06
If we stay up and get the reported £80mill asking price for Jack who do we think we could realistically bring in?
I think our starting lineup could look like this (Dunk being less likely with the owners strategy of younger players but best option within budget imo) .
Guilbert Dunk Mings Targett
Rashica Mcginn Benrahma
Samatta Wesley

El Ghazi

Only one cm on bench as both starting wingers could slot into that central position.

We could stick with Konsa who has been decent and look at right back instead but I'm struggling to think of any great options available less than £20mill who are significant upgrades.


1.) 19 May 2020 14:27:37
Not a bad line up however I would take a couple of players from Utd for Jack so I would ask for Axel and Chris Smalling.

I like you I know he is outside the age bracket but it gives us some premier league experience which we have been crying out for at the back, and ask for £55 million I would also ditch Wesley Engels Trezeguet Taylor and El Ghazi And I would look to bring in Harry Wilson, Benrahma Barkley Mitrovic and Batshuayi and go 4 4 2.

I am sure there are lots of other ways we could go and it’s great to indulge in a bit of Fatasy football, but I think we can all agree that whatever we do we need to do something different next season.

2.) 19 May 2020 17:34:57
I think Wesley will grow and he has shown at times that coming short to bring people into play is his strength. Wesley deeper with Samatta running the channels could work.

Utd wouldn't give Axel and Smalling for a combined £25mill valuation and Smalling is even worse than what we have imo.
I don't think we'd get enough for the players you listed to buy all of your wish list and ditching both wingers for Benrahma and Wilson would still leave us short in that department.

While his defensive work is poor you can't argue with the fact El Ghazi has won us points at the other end so should keep him for backup/ rotation.

3.) 20 May 2020 14:25:50
Smalling available for £15 mill apparently he has had a decent season with Roma and he certainly isn’t as error strewn as Engels. In terms of cover for the wingers I would use Louie Barry and Green as cover after extending his contract . I don’t think el ghazi or tres does enough at either end of the pitch although tres works hard that isn’t enough in the prem imo. However that’s the beauty of this is it’s all about opinions.

4.) 20 May 2020 18:19:55
With you on that John.

5.) 21 May 2020 06:19:53
Barry isn't really a winger, he can play on the outside of a 3 at a push but he's a number 9 through and through.
I liked Green for us at times in the championship but it worries me he can't even get into a struggling Preston team now. May be a case of just not the right fit and his pace works better for our counter attacks but you'd have thought if he was that good they'd play him.




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24 Feb 2024 17:09:30
Barring a disaster, Fulham have helped us to be pretty much nailed on for top 5 in my opinion.
For us, Bailey was immense yet again, hopefully nobody tries to cynically take him out for the end of the season because I think he's the differencebetween Champions League and Europa.
I was impressed with Chambers considering his lack of minutes this season but it was chalk and cheese with and without Torres.
Cash nearly got some praise from me until he forgot what an offside trap was yet again. He's played under Unai long enough to know better and he can easily see across the whole line.
Not saying they had bad games but I do wish Mcginn and Luiz would try not to play like they can take on everybody sometimes. They look great with a well timed pirouette but they put us in trouble a few times today by overdoing it. I'd rather they lose it trying a worldie pass than just running into people.




23 Feb 2024 13:41:47
Could have hoped for a better draw than Ajax, probably the worst of the teams we could have gotten.


1.) 23 Feb 2024 15:29:28
I don’t think we need to worry unduly Brighton dealt with them in the group stages, they are something like 5th or 6th in the Eredivisie and in the last 6 games they have won only 2 and have conceded at least 2 goals in each of those 6 games. They are not the side they once were.

2.) 23 Feb 2024 17:32:54
All of the teams are beatable but I'd prefer getting a team like Ludogrets now and getting Ajax or Olympiakos in the final.
A bit like West Ham against Fiorentina, it looks a bit better when you officially win it against a more prestigious team.



18 Feb 2024 17:24:57
Anyone who says Watkins misses too many chances should be shown Haaland's game yesterday and Kane's miss against Bochum today.

Our fans need to remember that because they aren't watching other strikers for the full match every week that they aren't seeing all of their misses.

Ollie is 4th in the golden boot race and is up there with Salah at the top for total goal involvements.

Any fan that thinks we could sign better than that is delusional and it's not exactly going to be easy to find someone near his level that is going to be happy for 10-15 minutes per game plus cup matches considering Ollie just doesn't get injured.


1.) 18 Feb 2024 18:03:54
100% this ☝️ Also, 2 critical points - He's not on penalties like the other "20 goal a season strikers" and he's getting better season on season. The perfect striker for Aston Villa!

2.) 18 Feb 2024 19:34:17
Hope we can hold on to him in the summer, he is a top class striker but he does need some quality backup for games like last week when it’s not going his way

3.) 18 Feb 2024 19:48:19
I guess I’m the one who goes on about Ollie and wanting him to be more clinical so the initial dig was aimed at me I guess. So you can get stats to support most arguments you want, as an example if you go to they rank the players who have missed the most convertible chances this season Ollie ranks as third! Just to be clear it’s not that I don’t rate Ollie I do he is a decent front man, however the likes of City and Liverpool have a 25 to 30 goal a season striker in the squad and they have dominated the premier league over the last few years if we aspire to going to the next level that’s what we need in my view.

In terms of Kane’s miss a question how many goals has he got in the Bundesliga this season? I think you’ll find he has scored 25 goals in 22 appearances the fewest games needed to reach a quarter of a century of goals in the league beating Erling Haaland. I’d settle for return like that

4.) 18 Feb 2024 21:53:35
It was a generalised comment regarding many fans around the Internet. I've kept to my word in not specifically discussing points you make to avoid conflict.
My opinion on missed convertible chances and xg is that there is a large degree of subjectivity in those stats. Ollie definitely misses some glaring opportunities but I feel that on the whole the number of chances and quality of chances are far less than the strikers at the very top clubs.
We aren't going to sign a Kane, Haaland or Lewandowski anytime soon, so I still stand by my original post that nobody can expect us to sign an 'upgrade' when he is up there near the best who would cost £100m+.

5.) 18 Feb 2024 22:16:41
Mings, Liverpool don't have a 25 goal a season striker. Salah plays wide right! Neither do Arsenal. So that just leaves Haaland. All the other teams share the goals amongst the team exactly like we do.

6.) 18 Feb 2024 22:52:31
Stick ollie in that arsenal, Liverpool, City team and he would 25-30 goals a season simple reason he would have better ball coming to him,

7.) 18 Feb 2024 23:17:31
Bucktooth, the point I was making was that City and Liverpool have a 25 goal a season player (admittedly I did say striker) it’s a personal view but I do think if we aspire to break into the top four regularly then that’s what we need. Re Arsenal when did they last win the premier league?

Re spreading the goals around the team ideally I agree but our midfield I don’t think are going to get enough whilst Bailey will get a few the likes of Kamara won’t

8.) 20 Feb 2024 09:15:35
Regarding Watkins, I think one of the most important aspects we need to consider is the fact he is getting better (and some players peak later in their career) - If we are judging Watkins on previous seasons then I agree, he's probably not of the standard we need to regularly compete at the top end of the table BUT this season he is ON TRACK for 20+ goals in the Premierleague, and probably 13-15 assists! He's currently second (behind Kane) for non penalty contributions in Europe's Top 5 leagues, he's 4th (behind Kane, Salah and Mbappe) if penalties are included.

In other words, Watkins in mixing it with the "elite" across Europe this season and has been doing so since Emery arrives - Yes he misses chances but I seriously do not know where we find a better striker than Ollie Watkins, IMO he is the perfect striker for Villa at the moment!



11 Feb 2024 19:03:18
Bad result but we still have a 5 point gap. Cash and JJ just aren't good enough to be regular starters at the top end of the league.
Pop a brain in JJ and he could be great but he regularly flatters to deceive on that front, his comments on that video when we qualified for Europe last year confirmed it.
Priorities could be severely tested come late March, early April. I'd love to see us get a trophy but don't think we should sacrifice 4th/5th on games which could still go against us anyway.
Champions League will allow us to improve the squad in a way that gives us a chance at more trophies on a regular basis, losing out on a Conference League now to pick up a couple of domestic cups and a Europa League in the near future would be far better.




03 Feb 2024 19:54:40
I hope Newcastle fans appreciate the pity points we gave them again. Sheffield United played into our strengths today but a statement win considering they had mostly improved recently.
Today definitely showed why we need Bailey, stretched the pitch in a way that meant either midfielders had chance to get on the ball or he had space to get in behind.
You could see when Diaby came on that he was too desperate to come short most of the time forcing us backwards.





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30 Jan 2024 08:13:11
Papers have changed their mind to say the bid was only £7.5m.
£15m was way too high considering reports were they only wanted £10m.
Some of the inflated figures we may see will probably include any sell on percentage on top of any other clauses.
I'm not convinced he'll make much difference as the noise only seems to have come from a couple of cup matches. We do need more competition on that left side though and he's not overly expensive at anything less than £10m.




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28 Dec 2023 20:02:21
They rubbishd those rumours at the recent fan forum according to a feedback blog I read.




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01 May 2023 09:35:17
You have said multiple times you don't want him only getting 10 minutes at the end of games.
I understand your view completely but it's tunnel vision of the highest level.
He runs a lot but most of the time those runs are easily telegraphed if you add in top level defenders.
He doesn't have the strength to be effective at hold up play. To take a jab at my understanding is hypocritical when you talk about his link up play and I've been saying we need to have a team capable of controlling the middle of the pitch to get him involved.
There have been a few games where Ollie only gets a couple of chances and that is only because of how he got involved with his strength and hold up play, put Archer into those games and he doesn't get a sniff.




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01 May 2023 07:41:55
But you previously said you don't want him only getting the last end of the game and now you've moved the goalposts.
Our system is 1 out and out striker. If that 1 is Archer and not Watkins then Archer is lucky if he gets 1 chance in a lot of games.
The other thing you have to factor in is that although he might take a higher percentage of chances, the ball would be coming back at us a lot more causing the rest of the team to do a lot more running and eventually leave Archer isolated like Pukki and Norwich previously mentioned.




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30 Apr 2023 20:36:56
You're completely missing the point that a striker can only do that if he has the chances. Unless you're a team like City that can camp in the opposition half for large periods then you don't get those chances unless you also bring something else to the game.





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23 Feb 2024 17:32:54
All of the teams are beatable but I'd prefer getting a team like Ludogrets now and getting Ajax or Olympiakos in the final.
A bit like West Ham against Fiorentina, it looks a bit better when you officially win it against a more prestigious team.




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18 Feb 2024 21:53:35
It was a generalised comment regarding many fans around the Internet. I've kept to my word in not specifically discussing points you make to avoid conflict.
My opinion on missed convertible chances and xg is that there is a large degree of subjectivity in those stats. Ollie definitely misses some glaring opportunities but I feel that on the whole the number of chances and quality of chances are far less than the strikers at the very top clubs.
We aren't going to sign a Kane, Haaland or Lewandowski anytime soon, so I still stand by my original post that nobody can expect us to sign an 'upgrade' when he is up there near the best who would cost £100m+.




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08 Feb 2024 09:56:42
Maybe a slightly false position but I think that's more other teams under achieving rather than us over achieving.
Emery has made it very clear the aim was to fight for 5th or 6th but he wants us to try hold onto what we have now that we are there.
We still have a good cushion over 6th place so it shouldn't be panic stations. If we continue to win most of our games against the lower teams I think we'll stay in the top 5. I don't see United or Spurs being flawless in the run in.




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07 Feb 2024 22:22:11
You missed the worst of the lot with Mcginn Whack, he looked like a £2m player tonight, the worst he's played for us in my opinion.
We could be in for a tough ride with Cash having to start the next few games. Hopefully Digne and Torres can come back in soon to at least make the left side more reliable.




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02 Feb 2024 21:35:06
They can if they're willing to pay the contract in full which is pointless unless the player is a troublemaker.
Traore was a mutual agreement so he could join Villareal who don't have the funds for a transfer fee but as Chambers turned down a potential move to the Championship I don't see him giving up his wages anytime soon.