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12 Jan 2021 18:30:04
I see Bogarde has signed his first professional contract, hopefully the first of many of our talented youngsters to sign on the dotted line.


1.) 12 Jan 2021 19:23:18
Add Chrisene to that list.



27 Nov 2020 13:49:00
Just reading a book called The Odd Man Out, the story of Ron Saunders reign at Villa Park by Graham Denton I have to confess I am not normally one who reads this type of stuff but Saunders has always intrigued me as a manager so I thought I would give it a go. It's a real insightful piece which covers not only Saunders regime but the run up to it, I have always admired how Saunders moulded the side to its ultimate success but I have to say that how he treated some of the established pros when he wanted them out of the club particularly Charlie Aitken left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth, it also gives a pretty good insight into what was going on at board level from trying to secure Clough to replace Vic Crowe through to Doug's dislike of Ron from day one I have to say I think it's a really good read for the died in the wool Villa fan.




14 Nov 2020 17:57:43
I see rumours are starting to circulate that Man City see Jack as a replacement for David Silva I think we might have to brace ourselves for a big money bid come January.


1.) 14 Nov 2020 20:01:57
Where have you seen that John?

2.) 15 Nov 2020 01:07:40
I’d say that might have some credibility. Suddenly Kevin De Bruyne is Jacks biggest fan. Could be he’s looking to woo him over to City.

3.) 15 Nov 2020 08:42:59
Dave, I think it was on the Newsnow website.

4.) 15 Nov 2020 09:26:03
That was said a very long time ago, along with Grealish to Man United. Wouldn’t give it any thought.

5.) 15 Nov 2020 09:30:29
Add to that his court case coming up soon and clubs won’t want that bad press.

And the price tag will have gone up significantly, the owners won’t want to lose their captain as they’ve said and shown many a time. I can imagine they will be wanting 100+.

6.) 15 Nov 2020 09:55:26
Jack is currently one of the hottest properties in the Premier league. That surely puts him in the 100 million + bracket. How much did Barcelona pay for Coutinho a few years back. If he goes anywhere, it could well be to one of the Spanish giants, who don’t bulk at the price tags.

7.) 15 Nov 2020 10:18:49
Clickbait BS! He'll be linked with all and sundry because himself and the team are in the spotlight at the moment and they won't like one of the so called "smaller teams " gatecrashing their bubble. Let's flip it round for a change and start some bs rumours we're coming for their players 😁.

8.) 15 Nov 2020 10:32:08
If Jack continues to play as he is now, then I think it is likely that we will receive a bid and if Sancho is valued at £120 million we shouldn’t consider anything less than that. If we hold fast with that price then the only premiership clubs that would be able to offer that kind of money would be City, Utd or Chelsea. Chelsea don’t have a vacancy in midfield for him, and given the prevarication from Utd over the last 18 months plus the fact that they are currently a very ordinary side I think Jack might be inclined to tell them to bugger off. However I think City are a different proposition they would increase his wages that together with the chance to work with one of the best coaches in the world and some of the best players in the world might make him more inclined to move but if we continue as we have recently you never know, the team seem to be enjoying the football and the recognition is coming at international level so he might stay and see if he can take us to that next level here’s hoping.

{Ed002's Note - You are living in a fantasy land John. The value of Grealish is nothing to do with the price that Sancho did not sell for.}

9.) 15 Nov 2020 10:33:57
Didn’t realise it was from news now, never ever trust that garbage😂 no doubt they get everything eventually, usually 5 days after everyone else. The rest is just clickbait, links to articles on random websites no ones ever heard.

{Ed002's Note - "Newsnow" is simply a news aggregator taking articles from other sources such as the BBC, Guardian etc..}

10.) 15 Nov 2020 10:56:42
Of course I know what news now is, as I said they get everything, problem is that means along with the telegraph etc, they also get ‘football365’ and ‘soccer. London’, which is utter rubbish.

Surely you know the saying Ed, never assume, it makes an, you know the rest😘.

{Ed002's Note - Actually they don't take a lot of news sources. }

11.) 15 Nov 2020 12:07:55
What happened here then? 🤔.

12.) 15 Nov 2020 12:53:21
Chris I think it may of been inferred that you were born in Crete 🤔😁.

13.) 15 Nov 2020 13:41:24
How did we get here, we were discussing a possible rumour about another clubs interest in one of our players.
What has happened in between?
I have seen nothing, and even if it is true, like John has said, we should be asking for similar money as the Sancho rumour.

14.) 15 Nov 2020 13:46:35
I think edd002 is correct jacks price has nothing to do with sancho price, especially seeing as sancho is nowhere near jacks lvl, with a 5 year contract jack is easily worth 150 million if he keeps playing as he is, with regards to a possible transfer I can’t see jack going to sit on city bench and fight with foden after breaking into England squad he needs to play every week instead of coming on for the last 15 mins week in week out, I personally think jack is going nowhere for a year or 2 and if we finish in a European spot he will sign a bumper new deal in the summer, big IF I know buy anything is possible the way results are going, as supporters we have to believe that these things are possible.

15.) 15 Nov 2020 15:07:58
Ed 02 with all due respect can I ask why am I living in a fantasy land? I accept Sancho plays in a different position to Jack but he plays in a league which in my opinion is neither as competitive or as good and he has not displayed the same level of consistency either at club or international level and yet very few if anyone seemed to be surprised at the fee being asked for him. Jack has just signed a five year deal so currently if clubs want him we hold most of the cards so to speak. We don’t really want to sell so if clubs want him they have to pay, after all Barcelona had to for both Suarez and Coutinho we aren’t going to give him away if they won’t pay fine we are more than happy to keep him win win as far as I am concerned.

{Ed002's Note - You cannot simply compare players in that way. Certainly nobody would pay £120M for Grealish and if a club were interest Aston Villa would be looking for considerably less if they decide to sell. It is also nothing to do with Coutinho or Suarez.}

16.) 15 Nov 2020 15:59:53
Why would we be looking for considerably less? He’s our best player, our captain and just signed a 5 year deal? 80 million was the number dean smith had in his head in the summer and I think everyone can agree that jack has gone up a lvl since season started, his stats speak for themselves and he’s done well in the England set up with a few assists when he’s got his chance. seems to me it’s because he’s not playing for united or city etc. that we’re not entitled to top price for him, gone are the Randy learner days of selling our best players our owners have ambition to go places there’s no way they will sell on the cheap,

{Ed002's Note - The price of players is not going up - there is no money. You are delusional.}

17.) 15 Nov 2020 16:12:18
Ed, we all know it has nothing to do with Coutinho or Suarez, we are using them as comparisons, in a monetary sense.
Can I ask, why you don`t think anyone would pay £120M for Grealish. And can I also ask why you think Villa would ask for less, if they ever do decide to sell.
That seems ludicrous to me, especially if that is the going rate for a player of his ability.

{Ed002's Note - There is no money, nobody except a few delusional AV fans think he is worth anything like that.}

18.) 15 Nov 2020 16:52:32
Well the proof of the pudding will be in the eating as they say. As far as I am concerned it’s a win win if someone wants him they pay the asking price if they don’t we keep him with our current owners it doesn’t appear we will be under any pressure to sell.

{Ed002's Note - We have established before that the AV fans don't understand finances or FFP.}

19.) 15 Nov 2020 17:44:23
Jack is not replaceable. I wouldn't want him to leave for 1 billion. What's the point if we can't get someone else equally as good or better? If he were to leave this year then I would think it'd have to be at least 120m. Why would we even consider him leaving though? As I say, we cannot replace him and it would screw the club up. I don't think Barkley or Martinez would have joined if Grealish wasn't already committed to Villa. He has more pulling power than Smith.

{Ed002's Note - Players are transient, they come and go.}

20.) 15 Nov 2020 18:30:05
Ed, I know we have had this debate on here before but we have supposedly been falling foul of ffp for the last 2 -3 years but nothing has happened and given what the football world is going to go through post co vid are we sure anything will happen? If we do then the club will deal with it but I doubt it will happen how many prem clubs have fallen foul to date?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has happened because of the pandemic. But Aston Villa remain in the same difficult situation John.}

21.) 15 Nov 2020 18:41:51
Grealish, to us anyway, is priceless and we'll see how good he is tonight against top notch European competition. At the end of the day he's only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. And with the way the world is at the moment teams won't be awash with money, unless you're Chelsea who saved it during their transfer ban.
Ps Ed002 do you need a cuddle?

{Ed002's Note - I guess you don't understand where the money for transfers came from at Chelsea. There will be attractive offers for Grealish next summer at half of what you are all suggesting next summer. It will give him a chance to step up in his career.}

22.) 15 Nov 2020 18:47:40
Ed mate, I don`t want to sound arrogant, but I am a C. I. D Certified Bookkeeper.
FFP, I never deal with, and am not so versed, but I certainly understand Business finances, and Accountancy mate.

{Ed002's Note - Clearly you don't understand FFP and as a bookkeeper I would not expect you to.}

23.) 15 Nov 2020 19:19:27
Ed002 I remember you mentioning Chelsea in reference to this and I believe that because of the ban and their lack of spending their income outweighed their outgoings, hence the wiggle room that created regarding FFP. If wrong I stand corrected.

{Ed002's Note - It is that and significant sales - the Hazard money, Morata, Pasalic, January sales, other smaller sales etc..}

24.) 15 Nov 2020 19:21:42
Ed you’ve been saying this for two years, will we ever see the consequences of this difficult situation you tell us we are in?

Didn’t you tell us we wouldn’t be spending significant funds in the summer window just gone?

{Ed002's Note - The pandemic gave a break for Aston Villa to regroup and try and fix their problems, but the rolled the dice on a guarantee of survival this season - which they should do, there are worse sides. But it will still need to be resolved. And the changes they will look to next summer could be addressed by a sale or two.}

25.) 15 Nov 2020 19:44:39
I think the academy revamp will help with this situation. Obviously we only want to clear out the "deadwood " and not our better players. Cut the wage bill, get whatever we can for fringe players and start seeing the more promising youngsters promoted to the bench. This is the sustainable model the club is looking at in the long run. For now though, with whatever leeway the C.V. has given us re FFP, we have probably spent above our means to ensure we stay in the premier league and the financial riches it entails.

{Ed002's Note - I tend to agree but you can expect interest in Grealish for next summer.}

26.) 15 Nov 2020 20:27:31
That'll be inevitable, a bit like Thanos 😁.

27.) 15 Nov 2020 22:06:22
Jack, S performances just get better and better seems like more pundits are coming to appreciate his skills albeit late in the day.



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


1.) 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.



29 Sep 2020 08:54:34
Apparently Barkley is going to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place so it looks like Loftus-Cheek will be the midfielder to join us if the rumours are correct. To be honest if he can stay fit I prefer him to Barkley as his all round game is in my opinion better than his, but the big question is can he stay fit unfortunately he seems to have a bit of the Jack Wilshere's about him fitness wise.


1.) 30 Sep 2020 10:31:44
You got your preference John😉.

2.) 30 Sep 2020 10:57:58

3.) 30 Sep 2020 10:58:03
Apparently he's not - we just signed him 😊.

4.) 30 Sep 2020 11:02:20
Just had notification that he has signed for us on loan - woo hoo. Cracking player.

5.) 30 Sep 2020 14:03:13
Whilst I did say I would prefer RLC it was with the caveat around his fitness however Barkley is a quality player and will be a definite improvement on what we have currently. If Deano’s observations that they were trying to get a couple in before the window has closed is right then it looks like one more will be coming in so guys my question is what position centre forward left back or centre back? I am assuming the Barkley signing puts an end to Rashica and Benrahma as Jack will be playing wide left for the season at least.

6.) 30 Sep 2020 19:53:34
I think your assessment is probably right, John.

It seems as though we have walked away from the Rashica deal - too many negative vibes really.

My best guess would be that Villa are still chasing a striker. I would be very surprised if Edouard is a goer and Brewster appears to be heading to the Blades for £23M, if reports are to be believed. That perhaps leaves King, now supposedly available for £10M, and Budimir from Mallorca.

Buendia and Sarr still get mentions, but I think those are fading options now. However, there is still the Nelsson link bubbling away.

So I would guess a striker, but possibly a centre back might remain on the cards.




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14 Jan 2021 20:42:57
Reports suggest Ajax and Celtic are sniffing around Aaron Ramsey as his contract is up at the end of the season apparently.


1.) 14 Jan 2021 21:52:52
Need to get him tied down ASAP.



11 Jan 2021 22:14:26
Interesting to read that apparently Arsenal have withdrawn interest in Buendia as the asking price has risen from £25 to £40 million. I know it's silly season and Norwich want to hold onto there best players but that's 2 sides in Bournemouth and Norwich asking for either £40 or £50 million for players who have yet to prove it at premiership level. If anyone stumps up that type of fee then what is Jack worth.


1.) 12 Jan 2021 16:56:51
As much as I like Buendia I think we should leave well alone at that price John, same with Brooks, we can not allow teams to hold us to ransom mate.



10 Jan 2021 15:47:22
It seems that our interest in Brooks is instead of Barkley, the view being that Brooks can play in the same position he is 4 years younger and his wages would be a lot less and although he has just come back from injury Brooks is less injury prone.


1.) 10 Jan 2021 16:20:44
Any source for this?

2.) 10 Jan 2021 16:43:13
Hmmm, not sure about that.
Not seen any rumours that suggest Barkley isn’t staying until the end of the season. The Birmingham Mail is being speculative given our link with Brooks.

3.) 10 Jan 2021 16:53:53
Report on Birmingham Live on Newsnow.

4.) 10 Jan 2021 17:48:02
Who’s the Journo though John, that’s the key part.

5.) 10 Jan 2021 18:24:06
Chris it’s Ashley Preece I think.

6.) 10 Jan 2021 18:45:44
Cheers John, Preece took over when Gregg moved to the athletic, seems a good guy. However this in an opinion piece, no facts behind it.



04 Jan 2021 22:00:28
I see Crystal Palace are being linked with a move for Jordan Amavi who has 6 months left on his contract with Marseille and is apparently available for a small fee. Given we are in need of some competition for Targett and that he is familiar with both the club and the league it would seem to me to be a good move. Amavi is still relatively young 26 I believe, and fits the age profile of players we are looking to recruit whether he would want to come is a separate question but in my opinion we should at least be registering an interest.


1.) 04 Jan 2021 22:25:12
I did like Amavi to be fair, but I am not sure a returning player to most club, is a good idea John, there are exception true, but it rarely works out mate.

2.) 05 Jan 2021 10:52:44
Dave you may well be right I remember Andy Gray when he came back and that didn’t work out, however I was looking at a relatively cheap option which fitted the recruitment profile and provided Targett with competition if we could secure Barkley this window with a left back and then in the summer window target the likes of Buendia, Origi and a young hungry centre back then I think that squad would be competitive against any side in the league and would certainly challenge for a European place.



01 Jan 2021 21:28:54
I can't believe football these days although Pogba rolled Luiz it was six of one and half a dozen of the other as they get into the box then Pogba catches his own calf and falls over, since when has catching your own calf been a penalty? It's getting to the stage where I am going to stop watching football A real home decision if ever there was one.


1.) 01 Jan 2021 22:20:20
If you look you will also see that Pogba has is left arm in Luis face.
I would have thought that VAR should have asked the ref to have another look.

2.) 01 Jan 2021 23:31:47
Villajohn we where playing Man U, had more penalties than anybody . My mate a Man U fan, has made a fortune this season, just betting on pens . Man U fans have been slagging the Gollum with hair off all season . But as the saying goes, you can’t beat a lucky manager .
Never in a month of Sundays was that a pen, nearly as bad as the one Fernandez got last time .
As Deano said we weren’t at the races first half, much improved second . They where luck to get away with the 3 points, you could see by their players reaction at the end .
Ollie once again, deserved a goal, he hadn’t got anything left in his legs at the end .
According to the Sky commentators we where wasting our time turning up, because Man U where going joint top, before a ball had been kicked. From what I can see, at the people at Sky have a plan, at the start of the season, where everybody will finish up . And we have come along and scuppered it and they don’t like it . Even after what we have done so far, they don’t seem prepared to give us, the credit we deserve.
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

3.) 02 Jan 2021 01:00:56
Literally every pundit from Sky gave Villa lots of credit tonight, both before and after the game. We are consistently mentioned in a positive light and the progress we've made from last season is regularly referenced.




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13 Jan 2021 17:47:36
I might be in a minority but I for one wouldn’t be desperately upset if he leaves I think he works incredibly hard for the team but we need a bit more quality certainly when it comes to finishing and he just doesn’t have it for me I’m afraid.




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10 Jan 2021 15:05:03
You are probably right Moose but that being the case we probably have no right to moan when the players decide to take whatever actions they see fit to further there careers even when it’s at the expense of the club.




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10 Jan 2021 10:35:32
No club will pay £50 million for Brooks as good as he appears to be, that’s totally un realistic and I agree with Mark that you would go with Buendia for £25 million however where I think Norwich will come back up I am not convinced Bournemouth will, so I think it may pay to play the waiting game as I can’t see Brooks being prepared to stay in the championship long term and if that’s the case and the player agitates for a move I am sure the fee will come down.

The other thing to consider is if we do sign Brooks or Olise and given the fact that Ramsey is developing and Smith seems happy to have him on the bench whether we ought to be facilitating a move for Hourihane as at his age he needs to be playing first team football, he has been a good servant to the club but he is dropping down the pecking order bit by bit.




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10 Jan 2021 09:24:09
I have also mentioned Brooks on here before he would be a great addition adding quality and flexibility to the squad in that he can play in a number of positions either centrally or out wide. In terms of fee I can’t see it being less than £25 million and probably a bit more as I am sure a number of other premier league clubs will be interested if Bournemouth decide to sell which no doubt will drive the price up.




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29 Dec 2020 13:12:31
Where do you play him? Instead of Watkins I don’t think so, if you push Watkins wide then you drop El ghazi or Traore hardly seems fair given their form and one thing for certain he wouldn’t be happy keeping the bench warm. I also think there is a disruptive streak in him which may upset the dressing room so it’s a definite no from me.





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19 Jan 2021 11:23:11
Sadly I can’t see Man City missing that trick. I don’t know much about Sanson but I wonder if our interest is born of the fact that we know Luiz will be moving on. If he does go however we should see if we can take Jack Harrison in exchange.




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19 Jan 2021 11:16:24
Don’t think Malik is going to happen because we don’t have an interest.




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11 Jan 2021 18:13:39
Dave if I am honest I think it’s because our approach to transfers up until very recently appears to have been haphazard at best with no real strategy behind it and we have had some spectacular own goals McCormack and Kalinic to name but two however I think our approach now means that will no longer be the case and if we were to sell any of Mc Ginn, Luiz, Mings, Konsa, I think we would make significant returns on our outlay. In the transfer stakes it’s you win some you lose some.




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10 Jan 2021 18:24:06
Chris it’s Ashley Preece I think.




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10 Jan 2021 16:53:53
Report on Birmingham Live on Newsnow.