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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.



25 Dec 2019 01:06:16
Maybe controversial but with the lack of pace in our side does anyone else think that the fact we have one of the biggest pitches is working against us?
Worked wonders with Young, Milner, Downing and Gabby but we're a completely different team now, may be worth looking at reducing the dimensions closer to the minimum limit which most bottom half teams tend to do.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 15:58:40
Seriously? I think you're clutching at straws fella or taking the p***.
The problem is playing championship football with mainly championship footballers under a championship manager. Result? Well I think we all know where we're heading.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 17:11:38
Clearly sensible people saw something in it. One thing clearly isn't going to solve everything but at least giving quick players less space and our not quick players a chance to get to the ball first is a small step towards a solution.
Everything at this level of football is minor tweaks, major overhauls statistically fail regularly so why not try things which could help.
Complaining about things while offering zero solutions gets you absolutely nowhere.




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03 Mar 2021 18:37:56
Ramsey needs a bit of coaching to not run away all the time. After giving it away he should have stayed on the front foot and closed down. He then should have been in behind Targett on the cover to stop that cross.
Not villifying him for the goal, just something he needs to work on to play at this level regularly.


1.) 03 Mar 2021 18:51:50
Let’s mahammed was at fault for that mate get him off go with 3 at the back bring on dougie.

2.) 03 Mar 2021 19:03:31
Need an in form Barkley on the pitch pronto, not playing bad but we are playing to much in our own half. come on villa we can score a couple here.

3.) 03 Mar 2021 19:32:44
Literally said wasn't all his fault, just he needs to do the basics well to play at this level. If anything it was Traore not covering behind Elmo again.



14 Feb 2021 19:58:06
It would be interesting to know our ppg record for day games versus night games. West Ham and Brighton were both night while Arsenal were day.
Could the team be struggling to keep focus and energy when there's a whole day preparing for the game?
We're a young team, could be past everyone's bedtime by kick-off :p.


1.) 14 Feb 2021 20:23:04
Its an interesting theory, but I think it has to be accepted that we are going through a bad period.
They are professional footballers, claiming to be fitter than the sport has ever seen before.
People should stop looking for excuses all the time, are lacking the services of 3-4 senior players who need dropping for the good of the team and club.
So I offer no excuses, for performance or standards rk.

2.) 14 Feb 2021 20:36:54
I’m not sure that holds true rk I think we might be clutching at straws a bit, wasn’t Liverpool an evening kick off?

3.) 14 Feb 2021 21:13:05
Fulham done us a favour tonight, wins or draws for Newcastle and Sheffield tomorrow would be nice. anyone heard anything on cash RE how long he will be out? Gutted Freddy is gone on loan.

4.) 14 Feb 2021 22:07:00
I'm not looking to excuse it, just an observation that our evening games seem to have been worse.
If anything it would be a worrying trend and mentality/ focus issue that needed to be sorted.

5.) 14 Feb 2021 22:58:44
Sorry rk, its got nothing to do with mentality, or whether the moon is a full one or not.
If you keep looking for things like that, the picture becomes to big, and you miss the small simple things, like players not doing their job properly.
If you want the truth, Deano should use the squad he has, and rotate when things are going t-ts up.

6.) 15 Feb 2021 07:33:06
I'm not looking for things, I just said it would be interesting to know as it feels like our low energy games are regularly the evening ones.
You really need to stop getting your knickers in a twist over everything. Not every comment is an invitation to an extreme debate, something as simple as "I'd like to know a stat" is as Ronseal as it looks.

7.) 15 Feb 2021 10:14:44
I think RK you'll find statistics back up the fact we have more disagreements on here on an evening compared to during the day 😁👍.

8.) 15 Feb 2021 13:52:53
Maybe it's the beer talking Moose, not to make excuses ;)

9.) 15 Feb 2021 15:30:26
Can't remember what a good pint tastes like RK 😭😭😭.

10.) 15 Feb 2021 18:09:32
I've resorted to Peroni for the good stuff, a chilled bottle of that tastes more than good enough (but not cheap) .
Strongbow for when the games are on as softer on the gut, sipping a drink replaces the nail biting!

11.) 15 Feb 2021 18:19:07
Had 3 bottles of Bud in the fridge for weeks now, never really been one for drinking at home, I'm a social drinker 😂😂😂 that being said Jack Daniels Apple has seen me through lockdown 🥃👍.

12.) 15 Feb 2021 20:17:08
Only during the football for me with the very occasional one with a Friday night takeaway. Definitely better with friends though whatever those are these days lol.



06 Feb 2021 13:35:26
Is Martinez the new Casillas? Not many have his reactions coupled with aerial dominance without being overly shouty.




27 Jan 2021 20:00:20
Their second goal was as flukey as you get but frustrated Smith waited that long to make subs and to leave Barkley on when he had a shocking second half was bemusing to say the least.
We could be a "big six" team if we stop losing to poor sides and take our chances.
Our 2 goals came from being patient and taking the right opportunity but we wasted about 10 from rushing and greed.
I know Dave you don't like us overplaying but the reverse probably cost us.


1.) 27 Jan 2021 20:32:23
Not sure what yo mean rk, reverse?

2.) 27 Jan 2021 20:53:13
Watkins and Traore were both in positions where they had multiple options and rushed into shots. At least another 2 or 3 times on top of that patience would probably have been rewarded.
We really don't overplay it, more often than not we need to rely on someone to take a breath before they throw their foot at it whether it be a cross or shot. The number of times we threw it into a penalty area full of 6 foot plus players was pointless. Targetts cross for Ollie's goal was the only one that was properly considered.

3.) 27 Jan 2021 21:30:56
There was an instance tonight when Burnley had the ball in their box, and 5 passes later Mings cleared a dangerous header.
In the second half we did a similar thing, it took 3 times as long, 13 passes and no headed clearance.
by the time we hit their box everyone was waiting for us.
Its not every time I know, and weaving lovely patterns is great, but sometimes you have to be direct and change it.
We are fast becoming a decent side, let's not throw it away by becoming predictable.

4.) 28 Jan 2021 06:12:15
But we are mixing it up. I watched the same game you did and we played deep crosses, byline crosses, intricate play, long balls in behind.
If there's nobody to play an early pass to then don't kick it for the sake of it because then we'll be back to where we were last season.

5.) 28 Jan 2021 16:34:17
rk you are missing the point, and have now missed it.
I think a different way you do, so we should agree to disagree.



20 Dec 2020 19:37:04
Drop El ghazi you say? Good on him, deserves more respect after being one of our best players against Burnley.


1.) 20 Dec 2020 19:54:02
As you said the other day RK, Burnley was one of his best performances in a villa shirt, bar finishing. No way he was getting dropped today! Really happy for both him and Traore, hope Traore can kick on from here.

2.) 20 Dec 2020 20:08:02
Traoré has had a good half also, a lot more encouraging from him.




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10 Nov 2020 15:49:49
There's a chance but I think the results are there because we've mostly played teams we can counter. Leeds and Southampton showed we can be naive when the other team set up to block.
Top 10 should be the aim if we can maintain our levels and anything more is gravy.




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10 Oct 2020 13:16:33
Smith is still young in managerial terms but already has a lot of tactical nous which often goes unnoticed.

He's still learning at this level and I think lockdown showed his willingness to adapt.
He is still a little stubborn in his substitutions (same people at the same minute markers) but I'm excited by the prospect of team and manager growing together.
I think most of us fans agree with you and see how what was a 5 year plan has skyrocketed. We know the whole season won't be plain sailing but from top to bottom there has been considerable progress.

Investment will eventually be cut back like under the Lerner administration but the clear difference now is that we are buying into long term options rather than high wage quick fixes.




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03 Oct 2020 22:44:05
Hadn't seen that they've signed Vinicius. Not convinced King would be looking to play second fiddle for us though.




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03 Oct 2020 22:40:29
I think Spurs are favourites. They have a lot less cover in the front 3 and seem to be more desperate to push a deal.
We gave enough interchangeable options and with Smiths preference to get goals from midfield and wide I think he'll be happy keeping Keinan as back up.




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27 Sep 2020 13:31:41
Agree walkies. Our fans do forget too easily sometimes. We wouldn't be where we are if not for him.
Obviously have to replace once you have better quality but don't be a douche about it.

El ghazi should be applauded out to a new challenge. Trez can be a headless chicken sometimes but his goals kept us up so he should get the same when the time comes.





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03 Mar 2021 21:14:22
Overly happy? Of course not. Content that on the whole we took control of the game and had a few very clear cut chances? Yes. Disappointed with the final result? Definitely. Calling for doom and gloom? Don't be ridiculous.




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03 Mar 2021 20:15:28
Poor finishing cost us. Yes, we gave it away cheaply at times and became desperate in the second half but we had enough chances to win. Mcginn, Traore and Watkins all could have finished good chances.
It was a bad team to have an OK performance with no end product against but as we know the people who care more about performance than results will now shout about how bad we are because of the result.




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03 Mar 2021 20:07:36
Where are those brown tinted glasses? Oh right, Scots wearing them.
Could literally copy and paste your posts since I first joined this site and they wouldn't be any different you blue nose.




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03 Mar 2021 19:35:01
At half time I regretfully said this was a game for Barkley due to their defensive play. Took too long to do anything.




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03 Mar 2021 19:32:44
Literally said wasn't all his fault, just he needs to do the basics well to play at this level. If anything it was Traore not covering behind Elmo again.