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13 Jun 2019 14:50:40
Wesley Moares then, come out of no where which shows it's a tighter ship than previous regimes, no ones reported this and all of a sudden it's coming out as done and dusted.

He looks like a Brazilian Tammy, big strong, 10 goals and 9 assists in 28 games. The last striker we got from the Belgium League didn't do to badly. Big Price, but if you want quality sometimes you have to pay.


1.) 13 Jun 2019 15:13:34
Some good footage here:

2.) 13 Jun 2019 15:39:56
This guys a beast mate its a good signing.

3.) 13 Jun 2019 15:42:30
Chris, looks like he turned down, a few good clubs, to come to Villa . They must fancy him, to give him a 5 year contract, he certainly looks the part .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

4.) 13 Jun 2019 17:34:08
Leeds would have spent more.

5.) 13 Jun 2019 18:15:09
So we got spurs first game.

6.) 13 Jun 2019 18:27:24
AVFC now confirmed Moraes deal.



13 Jun 2019 07:27:52
Kalvin Phillips 14mil bid going in apparently, sounds good to me. A spine of Butland Mings Phillips Grealish, keeps the attitude and team spirit in line I think, between them and say Mcginn, Chester they've got enough about them to get everyone involved so we won't see things like we did 4 years ago with the fractures in the squad.


1.) 13 Jun 2019 12:31:33
Don't think we'll get his lad for anything less than £20m. Would be good signing even at that level.
Just need to start getting one or two signings done now.

2.) 13 Jun 2019 12:50:22
Players and managers are all still away on holiday so don't expect much to happen soon, another week or two is when I believe it will all start to happen, I expect mings and hause to be first then the new faces will be targeted.

3.) 13 Jun 2019 15:15:38
Would love to get Phillips but I'm not sure it will happen - he's essentially their version of Jack and the fans are already kicking off about the rumours.



07 Jun 2019 08:00:15
I know it's silly season with the rumours, linked with over 20/ 25 players now. Obviously the papers know we are going to need a load in so their just taking advantage. But the most recent one to be linked, if true: Maxi Lopez. Would be a proper statement signing. But so far the papers have got 1 out of about 20 so hopefully this one makes it 2. Need a statement number 9, then you become more attractive to other potential players.


1.) 07 Jun 2019 10:22:04
Would be a statement signing but not a chance of this happening.



31 May 2019 14:41:38
Swapping Gardner for Jota then. Don't know how to feel about this one. On one hand I think he'd be handy of the bench and we're getting rid of Gardner who definitely isn't good enough, but on the other Jota wasn't even a star man in a mid table championship side, what's he going to do in the prem? And it's thought he's on big wages. It's a weird one but this transfer committee brought in Mings and Hause last January so they seem to know what their doing, fingers crossed.


1.) 31 May 2019 15:28:20
I've a feeling Green may go out on loan so for me Jota will be back up for the right wing. Not a signing that sets the world alight but an improvement on Green sadly and a player who was very effective under Smith at Brentford. At 4M it's not a huge risk as we would get that back in a heart beat if it doesn't work out.



21 Jan 2019 11:18:48
I thought after about 30 minutes that Saturday was going to be a shambles but the second half showed exactly what we can do when they attempt to play. Bolasie was absolutely shocking, I can remember one ball into the channel for Tammy to chase where I thought "yea that was decent", other than that everything he did just didn't come off, and the basics like a first touch just wasn't there. Mcginn was probably the saving grace again, wished he got his head up more though, twice he carried it 30/ 40 yards steaming forward but didn't look up early enough to play a pass to the lads in front of him and it just fumbles out into nothing.

Green looked up for it off the bench, but I did always think he was better coming on than starting. The defence was a shambles again, I don't even think it's the centre halves anymore, without Tuanzebe it's left to Chester the bring the ball out, something smith has said is part of his philosophy, but Chester can't really do it, he ends up playing people into trouble, on the defensive side though him and Elphic look fine to me, it's the full backs where the problems lie, they always allow players inside instead of showing them down the line, they just look out of place.

The biggest problem to me is still that number 6 position, smith seems to like set player roles in the midfield but neither Hourihane or Bjarnson seem able to play that defensive midfielder role, Bjarnson had a pass accuracy of 55% Saturday, that's appalling for a centre mid, we are never going to win with that. I think Jedinak could do it, we didn't win a game the first season down here without Jedinak playing and that was when he was used in his rightful sitting midfielder role, he's big enough and physical enough to give us a presence, he'll protect the back 4 and we'd be conceding less, and I think he's good enough to get the ball moving! I know he's been injured for a while but when he's fit if we can't find someone in the market, he should be given a chance.

We came back from 2-0 down against the in form team in the league, let's build from this, smash Ipswich and go into the final half of the season the same way we did smiths first few games!





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29 May 2019 08:18:37
Just out of interest, is the job still too big for Dean Smith? Is Hause still useless? JT still not doing anything on the training ground? This season should be a huge lesson for some. Enjoy the summer boys👍 Might just get prepared and order a Premier League Winners 2019/ 20 already😉.


1.) 29 May 2019 10:21:22
Nice one Chris HaHa 👍.

2.) 29 May 2019 12:37:34
Full credit to deeno.
A few fans have got eggs on face over what he has done and with style.
Brilliant man manager .
Heartbreaking to hear him talk of his dad who does not know he is the aston villa manager
Must really cut him to the bone how his dad is now.
Im the happiest fan on the planet and seeing the new owners have a great time along with our prince William it is so wonderful to see we have our club back in good hands at last.



14 Apr 2019 10:34:49
Isn't it strange how all the players who under Bruce we thought were our weak links, Taylor, Whelan ect, are now some of our better players, weird how with a bit of coaching their back to their best.


1.) 14 Apr 2019 12:21:43
Chris I agree, whelan especially seem rejuvenated, playing like he’s mid 20s . As you say it’s amazing what a good coach can get out of players .
On another point, did you see Axel, at the end of the game, all the loan players also seem to have been sold the Villa dream by Deano . The dressing room must be a completely different place now . People have asked on here, what JT brings to the party . You can bet, that he plays a big part in the dressing room, making sure it’s not the toxic pit it once was
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

2.) 14 Apr 2019 15:00:57
Great call about the new coaching bringing the best out of good but wayward players. Not to dwell too much in the past, however change was definitely needed and many on here have been vindicated. Without the fans having there voices heard change may have been delayed. I read today that some posters have been staying away because of some of the antic's on here, this is an open forum with everyone entitled to their opinion, yes extreme at times however still valid.

3.) 14 Apr 2019 18:55:48
The problem was that it wasn't opinions any more. Some of us were trying to give constructive opinions on where we thought things were going wrong and were basically confronted with "shut up, you're an idiot, I don't like Steve Bruce" (paraphrasing obviously) .
At the end of the day we are now playing well and there's not a huge amount to comment on. Lack of TV coverage means those of us unable to make games can't have much input either as the EFL highlights we get are dire.
Fingers crossed that whenever we eventually hit the next rough patch (by the time we're back in the Prem) that the fans and players especially keep working with the right attitude.



27 Mar 2019 11:34:22
Is James Justin the lad to solve our left back problems, haven't had a decent one in years, Taylor is hit and miss, Amavi was unfortunate we had him but not the right coaching, he's thrive now. Don't know much about Justin but he's team of the year, Luton are flying, seems young hungry, would cost huge amount, transfer fee or wages. Anyone know anything about him?




14 Feb 2019 09:22:52
By far and away the biggest problem at Villa, the fans. Self entitled, deluded, arrogant fans. I used to think it was a small minority but it's not. "The jobs to big for him", what 4 months in and the jobs to big for him, no preseason, one January transfer window and the jobs to big for him, what a mid table championship team is "too big for him", Jesus Christ. Atmosphere Saturday will be toxic no doubt, first miss placed pass or if we keep the ball along the back four for longer than 30 seconds and the boos will ring out, from there on out all the players will be scared to do anything and it's back to playing inside them selves. Is it a coincidence we started having a go on 80 minutes against Sheffield United? No, it's because 70% of the crowd had gone home and the players thought sod it, we aren't going to get any worse reception let's have a go. The two issues we have to overcome to get promoted from the position we are today, not in 1982, where we find ourselves as a mid table championship club in 2019, is overpaid players who see this as the pinnacle of their financial gain from their career, who are happy to stand still and accept a pay cheque with minimal effort, this is something Smith and the club will address in the summer. The second issue I think will hold us in this division for the foreseeable future, and that's the fans, dining out on past glories, "he's gorra go, he's gorra go" every single manager, look around, everyone else can see what we are, why can't you? The squad isn't that great, too many people think this is a video game and because they cost big money and get paid big money that their great, a clue. their not. And their not Dean Smiths players, fortunately I do think the new board and ownership aren't as thick as the last and won't bow down to the moronic majority that need to have their egos massaged at every turn. It's either have a look in the mirror, realise the situation we are in and accept it, or get comfortable because we'll be here for a very long time.


1.) 14 Feb 2019 10:21:53
Good post Chris.

2.) 14 Feb 2019 12:10:52
Yeah right the fans fault, he's had 20 games to improve and we haven't its simple i'd give 5 more and if we don't get anything out of them p45, every1 keeps on going on about patience how long do they want too give him 3yrs don't think so its a results buisness u don't get 2 / 3at a club now a yr tops them days are gone if was your buisness would you say oh its ok were not makeing any progress but he might if we give him time,20 games is easily enough in my view too stamp your vision on the team, the thing is if we keep on not performing he will get boot anyway the chairmen are wealthey men, i dean but the job is way too big for him managing brentford is different to managing villa, yes we are in the championship but by stature, history, fanbase, facilities were a prem club no matter what league we are in . we just need the right manager and right players we need hungary young players that want too play for our club.

3.) 14 Feb 2019 12:39:37
4eva, you are again showing such negativity towards Dean Smith, it looks like you have made a point and you are not going to let it go.
Results have not been great we all know that, but everything is not lost just yet.
I have to point out to you that back on 6th January you stated and I quote: If we don’t go up or make the play offs “It is Not Deano`s fault”
You also said “it is next season that matters, this is Bruces team, and until its Deano`s team we cannot judge.
Those are your words mate, now look what you are posting 5 weeks down the line, and in that time losing only once to Wigan, again not great as I say.
I appreciate it is your opinion, but whichever way you look at it, that is impatient and intolerant.
5 weeks and you have turned your belief on its head, amazing.
I will say it again, it’s the players, they ain`t good enough.

4.) 14 Feb 2019 13:21:26
That’s how you put your point across, structured so everyone can make sense of it, with evidence to back it up, not like a confused, angry child throwing his toys out the pram 4eva.

5.) 14 Feb 2019 13:36:54
Im not angry child i'm sick of haveing 2nd rate managers at our club, yeah i did say 5 weeks ago maybe he should have till nxt season i changed my mind results have got worse, and tbf i wouldn't trust him building villa up that's my view the thing is we have sum tricky games comeing up so give him nxt 5 games and see if team can do better if not bye byes.

6.) 14 Feb 2019 13:39:05
You don`t mean me do you chris?

7.) 14 Feb 2019 13:52:49
Ok villa dave, what is too look forward to nxt season mate, just say he is still in charge and were still not performing with new players, i just think the ships sank on smith in my view i'd give him 5 more games then if nothings changed get big sam in till end of season with job to get team in top six, with smith we are miles off, your telling me its all the players fault its abit of both look at man u players turned on jose 1of best managers in world and downed tools and now he's gone they start playing again, could u imagine us doing that in our jobs wed be fired;as for villa players they needs too be a massive clear out.

8.) 14 Feb 2019 14:42:26
Villa4ever, as we keep saying, still Brucies team . When Deano first came in we had a run of good games, but they have shown, they aren’t good enough to keep it going . The loss of Jack and Axel, have made a big difference. Chester it’s a bad player, but it’s proved he needs a strong player with him. Taylor gets worse every game, to indisicive.
You can see how Deano wants to play, but Brucies players are not up to it . If we don’t go up, I won’t be that bothered . Give Deano the chance to get his own players in . When we do go up, I want it to be with a strong team, playing to a system that they all buy into .
We all want to be back where we belong, but let’s do it the right way . Wolves showed us last season, this is what we need . We have a load of players who are just not up to it, they would not cope in the premier . So let’s build a team that with a few addition when we go up, could survive.
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

9.) 14 Feb 2019 15:12:57
Not you Dave, I was talking about your post being structured, readable and backed up with evidence though, glad someone finally highlighted just how ridiculous some posters on here are, using their own posts against them.

10.) 14 Feb 2019 15:15:21
And your giving him 5 games “if not it’s bye byes”, how important do you think you are, I don’t mean to bust your bubble but you have absolute 0 input into that decision and fortunately our owners aren’t absolutely mental morons like the last lot and Purslow understands football, there’s absolutely 0 chance smith gets sacked between now and the end of the season.

11.) 14 Feb 2019 15:45:52
It`s all if, buts and supposition 4eva.
Last night proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the players we have are not up to it as a collective unit, watching the game proved it, everything is rushed.
Short of getting on the pitch, how can Smith get his ideas through to them, their passing, movement, technique, teamwork, are all missing, these are attributes most players should have in their so called lockers.
No mate I believe 50%-60% of our squad needs changing, and as we all know maybe Jacks fee will help fund any future plans Smith has in store for us.
Have some faith man, the bloke is a villa fan.



14 Jan 2019 10:38:58
Haven't posted in a very long time Hope your all well. I have been reading and it's good to see some things haven't changed, when we sacked Brucie I came on to see how everyone felt, to the poster who said something about their friend being big in property and Theiry Henry being nailed on as manager because he brought a house in Shirley, or something along them lines. I hope he didn't spend too much, unless he likes the commute to Monaco😂.

Just wanted to see what everyone thought was the problem at the minute, a lot of the press just keep saying "the defense is awful" and blaming that, we know it's not the best but personally I think there's more to it than just the defense being poor.

The obvious points are what Bruce left us with, 2 centre halves, a poor left back, and 3 right backs and a nervous keeper (before he got injured) . Now for me at right back Elmo should be as far away from the first team as possible, he is awful, his saving grace was meant to be that he can deliver a good cross, when he can't do that anymore what's left? Against Leeds 2/ 3 goals came from his side, one a gift and another just letting his man do what he wants cutting across him, then the penalty against stoke needlessly given away and then the own goal, just keep him away. Bree has shown he has potential but he's young, he's going to blow hot and cold, Hutton is probably the best option albeit limited. The centre backs now we have Hause and recalled Elphick, need to be settled, if Chester is injured don't play him, it's clearly effecting him, and left back should be top of our priorities, Taylor is very poor and has a stinking attitude in games when things don't go his way IMO. The keeper we addressed nice and early, the new lad is obviously a decent standard to be national team keeper but conceding 6 in two games says it all, he needs time, needs to get to know the back 4 and the league, not really what you want in January but we needed a keeper desperately.

The Wigan came was a shambles, I wasn't there but we were on Bein sport 12 or something and I watched it, it reminded be so badly of the Norwich away under Bruce or reading at home, where we literally couldn't put 3 passes together, didn't formulate one attack and just lumped it. Smith made a mistake Saturday with the subs, but he's human and he's new to the squad, we stuck with the 433 and left the two strikers on the bench, I would have thought we would have seen a 442 at some point especially at 2-0 down. Smith and all the coaches need time to get to know the team and it could be not next season but the season after before we see the fruits of their labour, we need to give them time.

Now we don't go from free flowing brilliant football against the best sides in the league, to smacked by strugglers over night. The biggest thing is jack missing, but even then this system is adaptable in that middle 3 to still be able to create that expansive attacking football. This is where I think my opinion differs from the most, I don't think missing jack is the biggest factor in this down turn of form, I think it's the number 6/ defensive midfield position. With jack in the team, Hourihane played that number 6 and even then I thought he seriously struggles through his lack of athleticism, players stroll past him and his only option is to run to cover someone else or back them down, starting attacks from deep he's brilliant but if your excellent at 50% of the job and poor at the other 50% then overall your probably below average. We got away with because even Jack as a 10 does come deep and covers a lot, and Mcginn as the 8/ box to box just doesn't stop running, so we masked the problem. From what's being written I think the Coaches see this as an issue aswell, going after Radoja, which would have been perfect if it weren't for the work permit issues. The way they are talking is not wanting loans which you have to agree with because it's building on sand and next season we have to start again, however if that's the position we are in then so be it. If buying cheap abroad isn't going to work because we can't get them work permits then loans with view to buy is probably the best option, although you can only field 5. Straight away when I think about athleticism in the defensive mid position I think of Nathan Chalobah, he's perfect IMO, missed 4 games through injury this year but has only made 6 appearances so he must be out of favour, there are definite options available.

Keeping hold of Tammy (fingers crossed, only 13.5 hours left before they can't recall him😂) could be crucial, but we need to supply him, without Jack that falls to the wingers, Bolasie for me has been a waste of time, when you consider his wages I think he's a headless chicken, can carry the ball and get us up the pitch but what's the point getting up there for him to balloon it out 99 times out of 100. Kodjia is an excellent option if the bench, he's changes the game a few times for us. El Ghazi is hot and cold but definite improvement especially in his attitude under Smith.

So that's my assessment of where we are with nineteen games left after saturdays nightmare, without getting into hysterics and crying that the seasons over. What are your thoughts?


1.) 14 Jan 2019 14:51:58
Good to here from you chris.
Can`t answer yet, still on the first chapter mate haha.

2.) 14 Jan 2019 15:32:53
Haha, hopefully you get through it Dave, be good to hear what you think. The length is probably a result of the absence, didn’t know where to begin when I started and then couldn’t stop😂.

3.) 14 Jan 2019 18:25:23
It's like a Sunday league mentality at the moment with some of the players. you know 'i play how I want when I want, as you've got no one to replace me'
Chester injured or not has not looked the same since he was holding Terry's hand
El Ghazi - terrible, can't pass the ball. When he gets tackled, he looks at ref for a free kick instead of chasing the ball back down.
To me it's like Deano is playing his own personal fanboy team, and will stick with it until he wins (aka mcliesh/ lambert syndrome)
This is the first week Dominic Revan didn't make the bench - he should get a game asap, can head and can tackle, not affraid of getting stuck in and he's vocal. Was very good for u23's last season.
Ahhh but then again we are the new Villa who loan out our decent player's.

4.) 14 Jan 2019 19:48:28
I agree with a lot of what you say chris and the theme of your post.
If you read between the lines I have said pretty much the same as you in an earlier post, but obviously not in so much detail.
My gripe is that the players are the ones who should shoulder the blame for the poor performances, and not the manager.
The players are all happy to soak up the praise when they are winning, the training is exactly the same.
The manager can only use what he has, you can`t paint a Rembrandt with a toilet brush.

5.) 14 Jan 2019 21:34:37
Couldn’t agree more Dave, we had games after game under Bruce of the same style, which put us on the back foot from the beginning, but we also had games under him where the style was the same but the effort from the players were noticeably poor. It’s the same now, the style has improved drastically but the players still seem to have off games where a large majority look like they’ve never met each other and their not bothered. It’s this that stops us getting automatic promotion imo, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham (second half of the season), all kept up their effort levels even when they lost (and when they got spanked 4-1), they were always competing and putting in the effort. If we don’t start doing this and stop the stupid petulant habits when we’re losing (Taylor and Hourihane) then we can only hope for play offs in any season from now on.

6.) 14 Jan 2019 21:50:10
Spot on chris, I could not have put it any better.




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13 Jun 2019 08:07:08
From Alan Nixon on Twitter, Liverpool have changed their mind and want a loan which we aren’t keen on, so probably on the back burner for now.




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13 Jun 2019 07:24:28
Cahill hasn’t got the legs for the modern game, I don’t think he’s the sort of defender to bring the ball out the way smith likes and at his age the money he will want just doesn’t make sense, much better off going after a Tomori.




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12 Jun 2019 14:26:57
Butland would be a better option than Steer, but Steer deserves a chance.

And yes I’ve heard of Mor, throwing his career down the toilet because of his awful attitude.




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11 Jun 2019 07:52:52
Why would Everton need him with Digne? He’s not going to play second fiddle at this stage in his career.




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11 Jun 2019 07:51:49
Butland got stoke player of the season and looked colossal against us in the 1-1 draw.





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16 Jun 2019 21:29:52
Sounds like villa have more leaks than a sieve, weird how no one knew about Wesley until a few hours before it was announced, be careful what/ who you believe people.




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15 Jun 2019 09:05:38
McCormack has got some serious mental health issues.




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13 Jun 2019 07:22:46
Tomori for the reported 10mil is a steal, should be all over that!




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12 Jun 2019 11:02:45
Can’t see it, scored important goals for Liverpool, not a chance they would let him go unless they were replacing him and even then he’d want champions league.




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12 Jun 2019 08:46:52
I agree with green, has one good game in 5. Age on his side though.