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11 Aug 2020 22:15:50
Please don't tell me we're linked with more championship players. Natty Cash! Come on we need to be aiming a little higher than that. Don't want Joe Lolley either. Ollie Watkins is untried in Prem and would be a huge gamble at £25m+.
I know some on here will quote Vardy but he's 1 in a thousand and didn't cost Leicester anywhere near what Brentford want for Watkins.
I'm afraid we need a bit of luck where signings are concerned. Someone who will cost 10 - 15m and will out perform all expectations. A 1 in a thousand signing.


1.) 12 Aug 2020 19:00:47
AC Milan bid for Matty cash last summer, surely your not judging a player by the league they are in or how much they will cost? Where did McGinn come from?

2.) 13 Aug 2020 11:46:52
Judging by our record in recent years it seems to me the value for money option has worked out better. McGinn was one such player. What about the others though? Trezeguet? Nakamba? Targett (hardly a bargain though) .
If I knew how to sign and then coach a winning team I wouldn't be here posting.
£140m spent last year and what do we have to show for it? Prem survival, just.



31 Jan 2020 18:28:33
Borja Baston!
Can't say I know anything about this fella but I cannot believe this is anything but a last minute panic buy. If true and he signs I hope he is a success but really, Borja Baston!


1.) 31 Jan 2020 18:50:14
He is on the way to Villa Park for a medical.

2.) 31 Jan 2020 18:57:10
All in all it’s a pathetic jan window
Makes it worse is when teams like Sheffield Utd are spending 22 million on a quality young player and West Ham 20 million on Bowen who’s class.

We get Samatta and baston.
Our recruitment team / scouts are s##t.

3.) 31 Jan 2020 19:02:41
If he does the business Johhny, I don`t care if he is a panic buy, or a buy one get one free buy.
He will do for me, I am optimistic and you never know he could be a gem.
I have no doubt the knockers will be getting ready.

4.) 31 Jan 2020 19:13:56
You need to chill Malc.
Are you a pessimist mate, because you are complaining without evidence.

5.) 31 Jan 2020 19:19:31
Apparently Suso knew him from his early days. We'll see. Let's hope Suso has earned his money with this left field pick.
At least he's a striker and you never know, these things can come off.

6.) 31 Jan 2020 20:02:21
Prep for championship.

7.) 31 Jan 2020 20:13:38
Whatever happens with the rest of the season good or bad, Suso as sporting director has not in my opinion earned the significant salary he has taken. I would be very surprised if he is still with us next season.

8.) 31 Jan 2020 20:26:01
Villadave listen to what the Swansea fans are saying
“ a Spanish Connor Wickham”
You telling me that you are happy with our signings this window?
End of the day our recruitment has been shocking since the summer and the one factor that every relegated team has is poor recruitment.
£140 million on 12 plus signings averaging around 10 million per player in the premiership is piss poor.

9.) 31 Jan 2020 20:29:30
Dub. do you really have no faith in our side?

10.) 31 Jan 2020 20:49:22
Malc, no I am not over the moon with this latest signing nor Drinkwater, but Samatta I am very happy with him.
As far as what the Swansea fans think I don`t give a rats arse what they think.
If you are taking notice of what they thinking, well they think Swansea are better than Villa, how do you feel about that?

11.) 31 Jan 2020 20:53:22
No not really
End of the day if your players aren’t up to scratch then you deserve what you get.
What have the following teams all got in common?
Sheffield Utd
All have great recruitment and scouts

What do the following have in common
Aston Villa
West Ham
All have poor recruitment.

12.) 31 Jan 2020 20:55:49
You know, we shouldn't pre-judge, for all we know this could prove to be a master stroke. He had an excellent season with Eiber in la Liga a few seasons ago, scoring 18 goals in 36 matches.
It could be that he just didn't fit in with Swansea's style of play. He is described as being an excellent finisher but lacks pace.
On the face of it, it's underwhelming, I must admit I would have preferred Bowen, but hey, give him a chance, you just never know.

13.) 31 Jan 2020 21:19:30
Pointless debating any further Mate.
Again I reiterate, I will not judge until I have seen the product.
Not over one or two games or hear-say.

14.) 31 Jan 2020 21:23:57
Not the most inspiring signing in the world but he adds some cover up front and he’s free.

15.) 31 Jan 2020 21:24:54
Paperwork is complete, just medical to be done and he will be a Villa player. Personally I will be interested to see how he gets on. If he scores or creates a few goals and gains us a few more points then I will be happy.

16.) 31 Jan 2020 21:27:22
Damn right mate it is what it is yes we're a big club by history and other stuff but at the moment we're not we are a new prem team and have to build again by staying in this league and being competitive every season then we will get back to where we all should be pushing for top7 only if we get our scouting right.

17.) 31 Jan 2020 21:28:52
Thought I was on my own Mark, well said mate.

18.) 01 Feb 2020 02:12:12
This Baston has a poor record over the last 5yrs so I’m not impressed at all.
Struggled in the championship and already failed in the prem after Swansea paid big money for him.

Easy to say give him a chance but we can afford to take chances on players like him.
This Suso was supposed to have the contacts and pulling power to get good pedigree footballers into the club.
that isn’t happening so what’s the point of him being there!? I could have called Swansea and offered them a tenner and they’d have ripped my hands off for him.

Absolutely mugged off!

19.) 01 Feb 2020 10:26:24
You are entitled to your opinion Shane, but that is rubbish mate.
Ian Wright, Klose, And Drogba were producing the same sort of form until they were given a chance.

20.) 01 Feb 2020 14:03:17
Peter Withe springs to mind as well. He wasn't a big achiever when Cloughie signed him, when he was 25. I dare say there were more than a few Forest fans who raised their eyebrows and were underwhelmed at the time.
2 league titles and 2 European cups later, I wonder how many Forest fans were critical of him signing Withe then.

21.) 01 Feb 2020 16:58:44
I'd also like to point out that he is a free transfer so that officially makes Suso an infinitely better negotiator than Shane who'd have paid a transfer fee.
Extrapolation means we've probably saved around £1billion having Suso in charge rather than Shane. Good business if you ask me.

22.) 02 Feb 2020 06:03:25
Yeah call me out on the tenner comment that’s a great way to win the debate lol

Wright Klose scored goals everywhere they went so I don’t quite get what you’re saying?
Football now isn’t like the 70s-80s- 90s where clubs could go sign a ‘nobody’ or an untested player from non league football or from a poorer club an turn him in to a star. Just doesn’t happen nowadays.
Bastón is not a Vardy/ Wright. He has had 5yrs of doing absolutely tosh, chance after chance! Failed! where’s the positivity coming from? He’s proven to be useless for 5yrs lol.
Swansea have been desperate to get rid of him for all of them 5yrs, loaning him out and eventually giving him a free transfer. How are all them facts not giving you lot any cause for concern. Unbelievable! Dreamers!

23.) 02 Feb 2020 11:19:43
Chill Shane chill, no need to worry mate.
I had a premonition last night.
It's the last game of the season and we need 3 points to stay up, right. It's 0-0 with 5 minutes to go.
In desperation Deano throws Baston on.
Minutes later Jack tries his luck from outside the box. It looks like it's going wide but it hits Baston on the backside, sends the keeper the wrong way and ends up the wrong way. Villa stay in the premier league. lol.

24.) 02 Feb 2020 11:55:34
Sorry, I meant to say the ball hits Batson on the backside sends the keeper the wrong way and the ball ends up in the back of the net .
Too much red wine . lol.




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29 Sep 2020 21:35:05
Watched the Fulham game again tonight and have a few things to say about the performance in the cold light of day. First the good stuff. We scored 3 very good goals and took our chances well. Defensively seemed to be reasonably solid. McGinn appears to be back in some kind of form and hopefully his injury is well behind him.
Now the not so good. We cannot seem to hold onto the ball for any decent amount of time. Because of this we put pressure on our defence. I've said before that if we control the ball we have less defending to do. Fulham actually out passed us and had far more possession. Against a better team this could be a big problem.
As I said earlier I watched the game again knowing the result and to revel in the victory but also to cast a critical eye.
To finish on a positive I thought Trez played well in parts and Traore could be a real gem.
I'm sure some will see it differently but for me it was clinical finishing but not necessarily a great dominating performance.
Looking forward to the Stoke game where the 2nd XI will get a chance.


1.) 29 Sep 2020 21:59:13
Fair comment Johnny, I happen to agree with you totally mate.
I have not said anything about the game last night, and have watched from a distance the views put forward.
Its amazing how a bit of honesty and truth, can generate the comments that have been made.

2.) 29 Sep 2020 23:14:48
I'd agree with this sentiment, Villa are either all out attack or all out defence - We never seem to dictate the pace of the game, put out foot on the ball and maintain possession. But. recently that has been working for us.

I was speaking to a friend of mine last week, massive Liverpool and Ireland fan, he was raving about Hourihane and he laughed at me when I said "take goals and assists out of his game and what does he contribute"? That might sound stupid but I just feel the top midfielders are able to dictate the pace of the game and this is something he is lacking, he doesn't score or assist every week and in those scenarios you need your MF to add value in other ways. For me Hourihane would be better served as an impact sub and we need another body in the first 11 that can add what we are missing, composure in the centre of the park.

3.) 30 Sep 2020 00:00:40
All fair points and generally agree. Its always difficult to analyse a game where to opposition have such obvious flaws. There's a reasonable argument to say that we took our foot off the pedal because we were three goals up and probably got complacent. too many flicks and tricks in the second half and allowed Fulham to play. but then we earned the right to do that by being up in first place. Only time will tell if we follow similar patterns in future games but this season is going to be strange as we've already seen with several results.
I'm inclined to think that we'll be a better team this year and have shown glimpses of real promise already. but several teams who you'd think would be battling at the bottom also seem to have improved. I think most people would see Fulham and West Brom struggling and then any one of 5/ 6 other teams could get dragged down too, but I'm certainly more confident in Villa's ability to pick up points than I was last year. Plenty of reasons to be positive but I think finishing outside of the bottom 6 would be a successful season all things considered. There will be plenty of ups and downs along the way but we have momentum and some exciting new signings so at least it will be entertaining! Utv.

4.) 30 Sep 2020 07:02:35
Johnny I need to understand a bit more about what you mean when you say control the ball. If you are talking about possession then I am not sure I agree with you to be honest, it’s what you do with the possession that counts you only have to look at the Leicester game where they had something like 35% of the ball but scored 5 Fulham had a lot of the ball agreed but they largely played in front of us the only threats came down our left and that’s because both of our recognised left backs aren’t premiership quality and where I do agree with you is they will undoubtedly be exposed when we play against the better teams and I really worry that Salah will run amok on Sunday as If Targett can’t stop his winger when playing against the likes of Sheffield Utd and Fulham he sure as hell won’t be able to do it against Liverpool.

5.) 30 Sep 2020 10:31:57
VJ yes I mean possession. You're right to highlight that possession doesn't always equate to results however, my point is that a better team would surely have made more of it than Fulham did and without the ball we have to do more defending which although we have 2 clean sheets it is against 2 struggling teams. We had spells of possession and looked good but not enough. How many times did our defence have to clear the ball? 30, 35 times. Holding onto the ball longer will reduce opposition chances.

6.) 30 Sep 2020 12:55:37
Johnny I take your point but I must admit I am not a fan of playing our way out of defence all the time, there are times when playing it out from the back makes no sense and yet all teams do it and on occasions pay for it. There were times when Macca who I think we can all probably agree one of our best if not the best centre back we ever had would launch it into row z and there’s nothing wrong with that in my opinion. I think the problem is when we lose the ball we look unbalanced on our left side which is what I think needs to be addressed rather than just keeping hold of the ball for its own sake. Nice tone having this discussion after 4 wins on the bounce though 😀.



21 Sep 2020 19:13:52
Championship players playing championship football with a championship manager.


1.) 21 Sep 2020 20:02:27
A bit harsh mate.
We need to quicken things up a bit, and we will improve slowly.
Got to give everybody a chance Johnny.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 20:11:57
Give them a chance to get to know each other.
Fans like you are probably the ones who boo their own team instead of supporting them.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 21:02:40
Never boo my own team I will always support them but I call it as I see it, I felt it was a balanced assessment as I did highlight the positives if you read the post.

4.) 21 Sep 2020 21:06:03
Desperate for us to fail Johnny.

5.) 21 Sep 2020 22:28:47
How are we championship players plying championship football with a championship manager!? Did I miss something or did we not survive in the premiership last season!? 😅.



21 Sep 2020 10:56:09
Can't understand why we might be looking to offload Samatta. He surely deserves a chance ahead of Davis.
We must be looking to bring in another striker if he does leave.
I hope we don't make the same mistake we made last year only buying one CF and relying on Davis. It would be a huge mistake.


1.) 21 Sep 2020 13:07:01
I'd imagine we are looking to get another striker in Johnny, can't imagine we would leave ourselves short. Again?

Samatta just hasn't worked, if we can get the majority of our money back on him then it's a win win!

2.) 21 Sep 2020 14:14:09
I can`t either Johnny.
BK, my take on this, is that the failings of Samatta are down to our failings as a team and the system we used.
Other than Jack we had no creativity at all, and the lack of ideas and the ability to see the movement and runs Samatta was making, were frustrating to watch.
Genk had several players who new his game, and were able to see his runs, the new what he wanted, so they played to his strengths.
That`s how players thrive, the creativity we are getting in now would help him to do that.
I said it last week, if we don`t get the ball in to Watkins quickly and regularly, the same failings will start to show.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 14:41:12
Just hope Traore will be a good option when he does play.
Brewster off to Palace by the looks of things. Can't say I'm disappointed by not sugning him though. Agree with both BK and Dave, we can't make ssme mistake again re: strikers.



15 Sep 2020 21:23:51
Davis really is woeful. How on earth has he been given a new contract?


1.) 15 Sep 2020 21:39:58
You were saying Johnny. 😂.

2.) 15 Sep 2020 21:44:52
Johnny I thought you had a bit more faith in Davis than that mate, I think he is a very underestimated player.

3.) 15 Sep 2020 22:36:43
I agree even though he scored still a very poor player, el gazi is the same useless, elmo needs to go can’t believe we want to sell fred and keep him? Taylor didn’t play as bad as he is but again was against a lower league side so he is another one who needs to go, landsbury get him off the wage bill while we are at it.



15 Sep 2020 20:09:09
Several players already playing themselves out of contention here.
Really woeful!





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30 Sep 2020 11:48:40
Quality signing. Will take some pressure off Jack now. Plenty of attacking options now.
Unlike me to be so positive.




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29 Aug 2020 08:58:20
AKA and Dave, I share your impatience, however we still need to negotiate to make sure we don't pay over the odds.
Personally I'd offer £10m plus a player, say Taylor or similar.




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28 Aug 2020 19:21:53
2nd bid being prepared according to SSN.
£12.5m maybe?
Think they want £15m.




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28 Aug 2020 16:16:37
"Grafting their arse off" That sounds very painful pal.
I'm sure they're working hard to get the right players in and there aren't many clubs doing business at the moment. With 2 weeks to go it is important to get players on board as soon as possible. We've been linked with so many it's difficult to know which ones are true and which aren't.
Just hope we can get off to a good start.




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27 Aug 2020 18:15:09
Only if it's in an unpaid role. Would rather they spent money where it's needed, on the playing side.





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30 Sep 2020 10:31:57
VJ yes I mean possession. You're right to highlight that possession doesn't always equate to results however, my point is that a better team would surely have made more of it than Fulham did and without the ball we have to do more defending which although we have 2 clean sheets it is against 2 struggling teams. We had spells of possession and looked good but not enough. How many times did our defence have to clear the ball? 30, 35 times. Holding onto the ball longer will reduce opposition chances.




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22 Sep 2020 10:13:56
Definitely a CF and creative midfield. If we hold onto the ball for longer periods defending won't be such an issue.




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21 Sep 2020 14:41:12
Just hope Traore will be a good option when he does play.
Brewster off to Palace by the looks of things. Can't say I'm disappointed by not sugning him though. Agree with both BK and Dave, we can't make ssme mistake again re: strikers.




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15 Sep 2020 20:23:44
Apart from him the rest look awful. Far too slow from Villa.




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08 Sep 2020 10:43:41
Share your concerns Ready. Can see is ending up with another Marlon Harewood or Borja Baston.