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12 Oct 2020 12:15:33
Reports villa showing late interest in benerahma if you could believe it, not sure how true this is I think we will be more inclined to pursue king.

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12 Oct 2020 17:52:03
I honestly think if we wanted benrahma he would have been in the shirt by now. He's a quality player but not sure about him pace wise which it seems we are going for this season. Time will tell. And I agree I'd rather king he's more versatile can play a few positions.

13 Oct 2020 18:46:29
I think Smith’s recent comment continues to ring true; no incomings unless there are outgoing players.

Our problem lies with those we want to move on are only likely to interest Championship clubs, who are all generally skint.

13 Oct 2020 23:29:10
Probably right AJ I’d be surprised if we do any more buying, we could do with 3 more players imo but we need to shift 5 or 6 first.

11 Oct 2020 13:51:14
Great to see young Cameron Archer, having a great start at Solihull Moors,2 goals and an assist . Another good prospect .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

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11 Oct 2020 12:55:49
Benrahma close to West Ham move according to reports. Deal close to £30m! Fairplay to him. Deserves opportunity in Prem. Just wonder whether we'd have been better with him rather than Traore? Only time will tell on that.

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11 Oct 2020 15:40:37
I don't think Deano rates him that highly. We've been linked with Benrama for long time now, and it surely would have happened by now if DS really wanted him.

11 Oct 2020 16:33:02
I also wonder if the protracted negotiations with Brentford for Watkins has put us off a bit.

To be honest, if am not sure where we would find a space up front now. Barkley’s arrival in midfield pretty much leads to Grealish staying out left. With two/ three options available down the right, only back up vacancies to strengthen cover for Grealish and Watkins appear to be left.

12 Oct 2020 09:19:22
I'm absolutely gutted he we haven't got him - I don't rate Traore and King much at all, it was Benrahma for me all the way. Delighted to see him given the opportunity in the Prem.

I would also be absolutely delighted to be wrong about Traore :D.

12 Oct 2020 12:05:49
Traore, by all accounts, was a Lange pick.

He does offer versatility, having played centre foward a fair bit and achieving a 1 in 3 goal scoring record. However, I am not sure of his true merit either. Perhaps a review come Christmas?

12 Oct 2020 12:50:07
Give the kid a chance to settle 1st don't forget the French league was cancelled due to C.V., so therefore he may be a little behind regarding match fitness/ sharpness. I for one feel he's a good signing and played at a decent level.

12 Oct 2020 14:14:02
Oh yes, definitely give him a chance. Some players blossom when the time is right and maybe this is his time now.

12 Oct 2020 23:37:56
Trez for me all day.

12 Oct 2020 23:42:31
You guys are mad, traore looks amazing to med that goal he scored in the cup wow. And if your judging him against stoke he can't do it on his own that team was set up to play the reserves who lost on purpose because they are angry about not being 1st teams. Traore is top class.

14 Oct 2020 16:19:04
Benrahma largely plays off the left hand side. and cannot cover CF. At half the price, Traore better fills the gap in our squad for a genuine left-footed attacker. He’s just scored in both of his international appearances, and the flashes he’s shown in his league cameos suggest there’s a real talent there.

With Barkley taking the more central role some of us thought Jack might play. Jack looks set to mainly play left side and drifting in, which is where Benrahma would best fit. So I just don’t think there’s a role for him in our strongest 11. He’d provide excellent depth, and an upgrade on AEG. but £30m is a lot for a squad player.

King might offer better value if he could be signed for £15m, and he’s a more versatile option imo.

14 Oct 2020 21:11:23
I think you are right Ant, insofar as King fits our currents needs. I can’t see West Ham picking King up if Benrahma’s signature is secured. All recent reports suggest funds were tight at the Hammers, but moving Anderson out on loan might have eased things a little.

The other player I still wonder that might interest Smith is Buendia. If there is movement, probably with Lansbury moving to the Championship, I just wonder if an eleventh hour bid might be made for the Norwich man?

10 Oct 2020 10:34:56
Two years ago today Deano took over. We were 15th in the Championship with little to no chance of getting anywhere with the way we were playing. Two years later we sit second in the Premier League (albeit after three games) and have just absolutely battered one of the best teams in the world of the last decade.

I know this will fall on deaf ears for most however this is a prime example of giving managers and players a chance and giving them time. Smith even being one of our own, and even showing unwavering commitment in the face of probably the toughest time in his personal life, didn't exempt him from what is often a seriously toxic, negative element of our fan base.

As recently as a month ago, there were people (some on here) still claiming the jobs too big for him and we aren't good enough under him. We have shown consistent progress under Smith, of course there have been some rough patches, but that's football, we have all been watching long enough by now to understand that and not react like petulant children whenever results don't go our way.

I wouldn't want anyone else as our manager, and if we continue the steady progress we have seen since he took over, then in two years time there's a good chance we will be back where we all want to be!

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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.

10 Oct 2020 17:36:18
I agree with both your comments and I think the owners should also be congratulated for sticking with Deano, despite the pressure from a certain quarters.
Deano has learnt a lot from his first season in the Premier league and it’s already evident that he’s taken those lessons on board and is increasingly growing into the task.
The manager merry go round approach often fails. Take Manchester United for example, how many top managers have they been through since Ferguson’s reign?
Have they really progressed? I don’t think they have, arguably they would be in a better place now had they’d kept faith with some of the managers they’ve dismissed.

10 Oct 2020 18:35:43
If I remember correctly Ferguson’s first 3 yrs at Man U were 11th, 2nd and 11th and on the verge of being Dismissed.
The rest is History.
Perhaps DS is following a similar path?

10 Oct 2020 18:45:31
I agree that Deano has matured as a manager and I was always in favour of keeping faith with him. I think the recruitment has been first class from those destined for the first team, the youth products we have acquired together with the back room staff that together with tying down key individuals to long term contracts, all show that for the first time in a long time the club in general is heading in the right direction. It’s down to the fans to keep the faith no matter what. We have got off to a great start but we will go through rocky periods most clubs do, what we mustn’t turn on the manager or the owners we all want the same thing success for our club but it is going to take time.

08 Oct 2020 17:11:51
Another website has suggested Lansbury might be on his way, possibly via a loan deal to a Championship club.

I have also read that if a new club cannot be found, he may be paid off in a similar severance arrangement to Jota/ Nyland.

The problem here seems to lie with the combination of Championship standard performances versus Premier League wages.

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09 Oct 2020 12:21:39
Local press have suggested Villa are looking for potential exits for fringe players Guilbert, Lansbury and El Ghazi. This could be another re-hash article, but could also be seen as a catalyst for a further addition being sought from the EFL.

05 Oct 2020 21:45:02
Nyland gone contract terminated by mutual consent.

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06 Oct 2020 07:52:26
I think their were signs of a decent keeper In Nyland, but his skills seemed to be undermined by a lack of confidence.

I hope he sorts out his back injury and finds another club quickly.

05 Oct 2020 18:50:57
Apparently Rashica was all bit signed by BL but couldn’t agree on price? Ed is this true? Will his agent be scrambling for a move to England now?

{Ed002's Note - The transfer window has closed in Germany. The issue will be do AV want to sign a player who wants to be elsewhere and they have not been able to agree a deal with do far - and without a medical? Or maybe way and try for Benrahma (which stiles me as a better option).}

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05 Oct 2020 19:53:30
Totally agree Ed - how does that craig david song go “I’m walking away “😬 Benrahma all day long for me. Rashica seems like a transfer Judas.

{Ed002's Note - I don't know what a Craig David is.}

07 Oct 2020 20:30:44
WE have £24m from the monies stated for getting players into the squad.
Benrahma could be an option at a fare price if Franks would accept £24m.
Generally fees are ridiculous so one last push may secure a player that is/ was coveted by Deano and many on this site.
He is imaginative, quick and scores. What more do we want?
Watkin was a chance that proved right.
Surely worth a dip into the coffers.

05 Oct 2020 08:45:58
Rashica transfer look8bg unlikely according to reports.

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05 Oct 2020 09:29:24
Smith said after the game, not happening.

05 Oct 2020 10:11:02
Good, leave him where he is.

05 Oct 2020 10:35:23
The one thing I will say about this Rashica move is what I said about the Barkley move Purslow at the start of last week said no more incomings few days later Barkley arrives. So even though smith said No don’t be surprised if we do end up doing some business not saying it be Rashica but I think something will happen.

05 Oct 2020 10:39:20
Back up striker, need to keep our championship striker on his toes 😉


05 Oct 2020 11:26:16
Think we need to move players on first if any more are to come in. Wouldn't be surprised to see a late move for benrahma if we make space in the squad. But ideally I'd like back up defenders for mings/ konsa and targett.

05 Oct 2020 13:36:16
We still have till the 16th to sign players from English sides. So no rush for benrahma, rashica for me is a better player. But looking very unlikely to see him in the claret and blue of villa.

05 Oct 2020 16:26:37
Some of the most credible journalists out there are pushing the Rashica to Villa story. Really stepped up again the last couple of days. And Smith didn’t say ‘no’. he said he didn’t know if there’d be more incomings, but they are working hard on outgoings. Watch this space. After last night it’s easy to say we don’t need a player like Rashica. Where would he play etc. But our bench isn’t strong enough and we don’t want to be stuck with injuries and no options like last year.

05 Oct 2020 16:27:03
The rumour on Rashika is still kicking around from various sources. I've just been on flightradar24 and was getting quite excited tracking a private jet coming in from Bremen. Sadly it looks to be heading for somewhere in the south-east.

05 Oct 2020 17:39:26
Raschica apparently signed for Bayer Leverkusen.

05 Oct 2020 18:03:17
That’s what Bham Mail are saying.

05 Oct 2020 18:11:47
Right guys we move on then, the lad seems to have got what he wanted.

05 Oct 2020 18:16:11
Obviously giving liverpool an ass whuppin and being 2nd is below him 😂😂😂.

05 Oct 2020 18:39:41
Personally I think we moved on from him a while ago.
All the links with him were caused by his club and agent trying to get a good deal on him.

05 Oct 2020 18:55:31
You could be right there Aka.

05 Oct 2020 19:02:47
Raschica deal to Leverwotever has fell through in the past few minutes


05 Oct 2020 19:38:43
Surprise Surprise.

05 Oct 2020 20:03:22
Smith told reporters last night specifically we weren’t one of the teams in for Rashica. Now his move has fell through last minute maybe his agent will come running with lowered demands looking for a move, however as of last night it wasn’t on the table. Percy, Nixon, Evans, Preece - non of the usual suspects have said a peep, think this has just been false hype on the deadest of deadline days.

05 Oct 2020 20:24:14
If he comes crawling on all fours he should be told to bugger off we don’t need or want him.

04 Oct 2020 16:42:17
Something somewhere about rashica again 🤦🏻‍♂️.

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04 Oct 2020 16:57:45
Do we think it’s something to with the fact these reports are coming from sky, and sky own a gambling site which offers odds on this? 🤔.

{Ed002's Note - Sky don’t own a gambling site.}

04 Oct 2020 17:10:38
Says Leeds and Southampton are trying to get him too aparantly. Personally I can't wait for the European transfer deadline to pass so we can move on from the rashica talk. If we manage to shift a couple of players on we should move for benrahma imo understanding with Watkins would be ideal.

04 Oct 2020 17:36:53
Sky bet Ed?

{Ed001's Note - they sold it, I think they have a 10% stake now.}

04 Oct 2020 17:34:49
Eds do you know of any concrete offers for rashica today.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer that but several sides including Aston Villa are keen - it may come down to the players choice.}

04 Oct 2020 17:47:47
Apparently we’re in advanced talks now

Deal imminent.

04 Oct 2020 18:03:45
Ahhh cheers Ed.

04 Oct 2020 18:07:26
If we see him on TV tonight at the game, then I’ll believe it, exciting stuff though


04 Oct 2020 20:17:48
Cheers eds.

05 Oct 2020 17:24:55
Saints have gone for Walcott. I know he plays down the right, not the left, but I can't imagine them signing both, especially with Redman also at the club.

My 5p is on Rashica not coming to B6. TBH I am sick of the story and think he has shown minimal commitment to the move.

I have always felt our budget was likely to be around £75-80M, rather than the £100M quoted in the Sun. No insight, purely a feel in my water, which is more reliable than the press most of the time.

05 Oct 2020 17:59:47
Rashica to Bayer Leverkusen seems to be the latest snippet.

04 Oct 2020 16:39:38
Sky in Germany claim a deal for rashica is very close. Negotiations at very advanced stage.

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04 Oct 2020 16:57:27
If true, that will finish the window off perfectly 😁😁

Now let’s go and beat Liverpool UTV.

04 Oct 2020 18:20:43
If Villa buy him and he will play the LW. Grealish will play the LM. Luiz and McGuinn takes the other places in midfield. Isn’t Barkley then a expensive man on the bench?

04 Oct 2020 18:59:31
If we signed Rashica I think we would play 3 in midfield. Luiz, Mcginn and Barkley. Grealish wide, Rashica would play same as Grealish but opposite flank. Watkins up front. I think Traore and Trezeguet would be on the bench or not depending on performances.
Anyway we're getting ahead of ourselves. Not signed him (or Benrahma) yet.


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