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22 Sep 2020 20:29:29
Trying to think of a good midfield enforcer that we may have a realistic chance of getting and I've thought of Lucas Torriera of Arsenal. Out of favour and seems to want out, heard he may favour a return to Italy but his fellow Argentine Martinez could have a word in his ear as he seems to have settled really quickly. 🤔.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 21:35:13
Never heard of him to be honest Moose, so can`t offer an opinion mate.
Earlier I had named three below in answer to AVMAT20, they are,
Alan Browne, Josh Brownhill, George Byers, all well priced and all grafters with quality.

2.) 22 Sep 2020 21:45:14
In an ideal world I would agree with you Moose but I think we will only get another couple through the door and that being the case I think our priorities are elsewhere and for me either a centre forward or winger and a left back.

3.) 22 Sep 2020 21:59:32
Not had much game time at Arsenal Dave but joined them with a good reputation and it hasn't really worked out for him and I don't think Arteta rates him but could do a job sitting in front of the defence. Also Tom Davies at Everton may be surplus to requirements. Out of the 3 you mentioned only really know Brownhill, mainly from his Bristol City days and believe he's not long been at Burnley.

{Ed047's Note - Torriera is from Uruguay gents, really like him and he hasn’t really been given a chance in his favoured position.

4.) 22 Sep 2020 23:21:51
Torreira isn’t Uruguayan. Good player, but he’s barely 5 feet tall. I know size isn’t everything 🤣. but we are lacking a physical presence in midfield and don’t think he’s the answer. Wouldn’t come cheap either.

Personally, feel we’re ok at no. 6. Douglas is class, and Marvelous good enough backup. It’s an 8 that we need.

{Ed001's Note - if he isn't Uruguayan someone should tell the Uruguayan national coach who keeps picking him for their national team!}

5.) 23 Sep 2020 05:18:02
Torreira was born in a place called Fray Bentos, so the idea of him coming to Villa is surely pie in the sky 😂.

6.) 23 Sep 2020 05:59:25
I agree with your thinking as well Ant, I think Ross Barkley is the player we need. Not sure he’s got a massive role to play at Chelsea, and if he’s available at the right price, I would love to see us get him in.

7.) 22 Sep 2020 22:15:14
My mistake Ed047 getting my nationalities mixed up, probably why I lost my job at the Foreign Office 😂😂😂.

{Ed047's Note - 🤣🤣 I won't mention any names but after several years of medical training and hard work, a very good friend of mine was struck off after just one minor indiscretion - he slept with one of his patients and can now no longer work in the profession.

I just thought what a waste of all that training and money.

He’s genuinely nice guy and an excellent vet too. 🤷‍♂️

8.) 23 Sep 2020 08:50:52
Black sheep of the family Ed?

{Ed047's Note - 🤦‍♂️🤣



21 Sep 2020 20:26:27
Its early doors, I think people expect us to play like the Barcelona of old, not going to happen overnight but much more assured and can only get better as we get into a groove. Last season we would of lost that Martinez is a calming presence at the back and I think Konsa is an all round better defender than Mings. As for Targett after watching closely I think his main problem is, no matter where it is, watches the ball rather than the player.


1.) 21 Sep 2020 20:41:35
Bang on Moose.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 20:50:15
When I saw some of the comments at half time, I thought I must have fallen asleep and that we were perhaps 3-0 down.
We won the match for Christ sake, did anybody really think we were going to just blow them away? Not many teams did that to Wilder’s men last season, far from it.
Apart from the penalty save, which was brilliant by the way, Martinez had very little else to do, we didn’t look like conceding. That in itself is a massive positive, there were many occasions last season when we looked like conceding every time the opposition got in our half.
All our debutants did well and the team as a whole kept up a good tempo throughout the match. Some of you though are clearly not happy, I can only think it must take a lot to please you.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 21:03:01
My thoughts exactly mark, we did the job, limited them to the penalty and nothing else. More importantly banged on the door until we found a way in, more than we could manage against ten men on multiple occasions last season!

4.) 21 Sep 2020 21:21:24
Really happy overall more assured on the ball. no panicking targett probably the only one who was weak. new players definitely an ugrade. konsa is the boy get him a new deal. 3 points against a mosh pit team what's not to like. 👏🏻 Need a new lb tho.

5.) 21 Sep 2020 22:21:36
Id hate to see the comments if we lose a game, only negative I seen was targett is the weakest link in defence but it’s only the first game, it’s pretty hard to break down 10 men behind the ball, once we got the goal they were more open as is how it always go’s, 3 debuts were pretty good, super save from emi, next game we have traore to start or come off the bench, plus almost 100% going to have either king or rachica by end of window, Wesley will b back sooner or later that will make our bench look different, if I was to say 1 thing about Deano I might of went with 2 strikers a bit sooner, Ollie and jack came so close to making it 3 nil, if that was the case everyone would b saying how great we were, small margins in football, keep it positive guys utv💪.



18 Sep 2020 16:32:46
It's amazing how long this Traore deal is taking to get finalised, obviously because of a Visa, been nearly a week now, yet Liverpool are able to announce Thiago more or less straight away. Ditto Regulon for Spurs will be concluded rapidly. Probably different rules for different clubs though I'm sure it'll all be down to where Traore was born even though he's been playing in France for years.


1.) 18 Sep 2020 17:08:28
Unfortunately he doesn’t have French nationality Moose, he’s Burkinabe. The other players you mentioned have Spanish nationality and therefore don’t currently need work permits as the freedom of movement rules for European citizens will apply until at least the end of the year.
I’m sure I will be corrected by the Ed’s if that is incorrect.

2.) 18 Sep 2020 17:23:31
Thiago is Italian but it’s the fact they’re European that matters.

{Ed001's Note - Spanish.}

3.) 18 Sep 2020 17:34:30
You’re right Ed, he was born in Italy though I believe, cheers.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, to a Brazilian footballer dad who moved to play for Elche while Thiago was young.}

4.) 18 Sep 2020 17:38:21
Thought it was that, was just getting a bit frustrated and wanted a bit of a rant 😁.

5.) 18 Sep 2020 17:50:18
The other point worth mentioning about the Traoré transfer is that he will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine.
This basically means he’ll be unable to play the first 2 PREM games against Sheffield Utd and Fulham, I think.

6.) 18 Sep 2020 18:12:29
That's a bit of a bind if true Mark, yet again the rules are extremely confusing 😳.

7.) 18 Sep 2020 18:57:29
Unless he was allowed into the country before the work permit is sorted, but the rule is 14 days quarantine starting from the 1st day you arrive in the UK.

{Ed001's Note - isn't it different for footballers due to the bubble they are supposed to be in and the frequent testing?}

8.) 18 Sep 2020 19:29:25
Thiago is Mazinho’s son. fair to say he’s reached a higher level. The issue with Traore is his work permit. And there is no issue, he’s got 54 caps or something at 25. But there’s a delay to processing due to the virus. Sure it’ll be sorted tonight / tomorrow. Just not sure if he can then be included vs Sheff Utd?

{Ed001's Note - international clearance usually takes 48 hours.}

9.) 18 Sep 2020 19:43:58
Fair comment Ed001,the waters are very muddied surrounding who and when they have to quarantine. I would of thought though that with the regular testing footballers have to go through they may be exempt ie no sign of this with Bale and Thiago.

{Ed001's Note - if they had to quarantine, European football would be impossible.}

10.) 18 Sep 2020 19:45:56
I saw somewhere on a main news site that quarantine applies to footballers as well but hopefully I will be proved wrong.

{Ed001's Note - it does if they test positive or someone within their bubble does so.}

11.) 18 Sep 2020 20:05:35
I've always thought footballers lived in their own bubble anyway 😂😂😂.



15 Sep 2020 20:10:06
I know its only Burton we're playing, and that's not doing them a disservice, but after 20 minutes I can see that Jacob Ramsey will be some player, showing the likes of Lansbury how you should play 👏.


1.) 15 Sep 2020 20:23:44
Apart from him the rest look awful. Far too slow from Villa.

2.) 15 Sep 2020 20:27:05
Think “showing them how to play” is a bit of stretch, Lansbury has pinged a good few balls about and is trying to get the ball moving quicker. That being said Ramsay has been very good and confident, first touch has been loose at times but once it’s under his spell he manipulates it really well and moves fluid with it, like it’s another limb. Very aware of the game aswell, knows when to attack and when to sit in a little, considering he’s normally given a free role to attack, that’s a great quality to have, something that’s hard to teach. As you said only Burton, but good signs!

3.) 15 Sep 2020 20:51:04
I like the fact he keeps the ball on the ground and passes to feet and is constantly on the move looking for space. Apparently his brother is even better 👍.

4.) 15 Sep 2020 21:41:35
Hold my hands up Chris, Lansbury played well 2nd half, lovely set up for Grealish goal but still don't think he's good enough for the premier league. All ended well eventually and icing on the cake was Davis finally scoring!

5.) 15 Sep 2020 21:49:19
Agree moose, Lansbury not mobile enough for the prem, plus his injury record can’t be relied upon. Still got his passing range and awareness though!



12 Sep 2020 20:48:10
Re the Bertrand Traore links, if this has some substance to it, it would be a fantastic signing. I'm basing this on what I saw of him when he played for Chelsea and I was extremely impressed-fast, tricky and knows where the goal is.
Don't know much about him since his move to France but I'm sure Mark would be able to shed some light on this.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 21:04:07
I have watched him a few times online Moose, and he is a great player mate, he can turn an a-hole inside out.
He is very quick and direct, and he knows where the onion bag is.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 21:35:13
In many respects he’s similar to his namesake at Wolves, I certainly wouldn’t want to pick a winner over a 50 mètre sprint. He was outstanding for Lyon a few seasons ago, scoring and creating a lot of goals, at times he was unplayable. I’ve seen a lot less of him more recently though as he has been spending a lot of the time on the bench. There are a lot of quality strikers / wide players currently at Lyon. It does surprise me that he’s been pushed out somewhat, because of the outstanding season he had, maybe he’s not Garcia’s tasse de thé.
There is a rumour that Chelsea inserted a buy back clause in the sale agreement ( possibly no longer valid), I don’t know.
He is only 25, and if he could repeat the form he showed a few seasons ago, then 20 million would be a bargain.

3.) 12 Sep 2020 21:43:14
As you say Mark, you are never going to be every managers cup of tea, and you sometimes end up getting your nose pushed out.
As you say, on his day he is a very good player, and should be a plus for us if true.

4.) 12 Sep 2020 21:58:43
If we are looking at Harry Wilson, Buendia or Traoré for the right wing berth ( all around the 20 million mark), I would go with Traoré every time Dave.

5.) 12 Sep 2020 23:11:03
Like I say Mark, all the times I have seen him he is some player, so I would have to agree with you, get him in.

6.) 13 Sep 2020 09:18:14
If we are signing Traore, Rashica and Martinez we will have spent our £100 million budget, and I am therefore assuming that we will not be pursuing either Edouard, Brewster or any other forward for that matter, because we won’t have the funds. Even if we are able to sell a few I don’t think that will be enough to fund those type of moves.

7.) 13 Sep 2020 19:08:25
John, we will be able to fund those players if Grealish goes but I am willing to accept DS’s decision on that either way.




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27 Sep 2020 12:34:30
I'm sure given enough time and space, even I can put a few decent balls in the box even at my age. Mind you ref might blow for half time whilst I'm steadying myself 😂😂😂.




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25 Sep 2020 16:05:01
Yes, different rules for the premier league, think its still 5 in the championship but that no longer applies to us 😁.




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22 Sep 2020 15:16:11
Edwin? 🤔.




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21 Sep 2020 09:50:18
No "I'm Spartacus " 😁.




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19 Sep 2020 19:42:40
All paper BS, but we follow it anyway in our quest for all things Villa- me included! But we always keep our cards close to our chests, did anyone know anything about the Traore link til it was common knowledge?
We're a bloody impatient bunch 😁.





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30 Sep 2020 19:30:39
Good looking line up Dave and a very strong bench agree about finding a space for Ramsey if he doesn't go on loan. Things are looking good and Barkley will be available for Sunday so a massive boost there. Oh by the way, is it too late to change our minds about the 5 subs rule, now we've got a bit of quality? 😂😂😂😂.




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28 Sep 2020 20:47:35
We won,2 games 2 clean sheets and 4 goals scored. Far from perfect but heading in the right direction and I feel there is more to come from this team. Resilient in defence and clinical in attack and a fair few meaty tackles going in. I feel the tide has begun to turn and its nice to have a few decent options on the bench for a change. All in all what's not to be pleased about to our start to the season?




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25 Sep 2020 16:02:55
Probably the kiss of death but Konsa is just, if not more, composed than Stones and he went for £50m. Him, Ramsey and Watkins could be the backbone of our team for years to come and let's not forget the likes of Barry, Chukwuese (spelling lol) etc 😁.




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25 Sep 2020 12:37:00
We'd probably be better off with Les Dawson and Piers Morgan 😁.




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24 Sep 2020 21:14:03
Pretty fair assessment Chris, only el Ghazi and Taylor let us down. Really rate Ramsey and Davis was on fire 1st half, even Lansbury looked good lol. Big shout out too for Elmo, looked really assured in an unnatural position (loads better than the last time we played a right back at centre half- yes Mr Bruce and James Bree I'm looking at you 😁)