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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.



26 Sep 2020 11:07:56
Looking at a Q and A on Birmingham Live by Ashley Preece he thinks the Sarr and Barlkley rumours are in his words far fetched and therefore unlikely to happen but mileage still in the Josh King deal.


1.) 26 Sep 2020 19:35:40
That could be a fair appraisal. Smith seems to have suggested this morning one more for the ‘forward line’, but also referred to midfield as well. He also passed an interesting comment that one player might be able to cover both areas. That had me immediately thinking Buendia, but that name has rarely been mentioned in the press recently.

Whether a loan of Loftus-Cheek or Barkley also comes into play, I am not sure. Although I still think the former
is the more likely loanee, which probably fits with AP’s feelings.



24 Sep 2020 08:17:10
I was talking to a good friend of mine who is a rabid Spurs fan, he has heard a rumour that we have enquired about Sessegnon on loan with an option to buy. If true I think this would be a great signing as he can play left back or wide left which would give us options as we could move Jack inside or provide some real competition for Targett. However given the paper talk about Barkley and Loftus Cheek it might just be nonsense but if it is true even if it doesn't happen at least it shows we are targeting some real quality and you can see that the transfer policy is in line with the board's stated strategic intent and it's been a long time since we could say that.


1.) 24 Sep 2020 10:58:13
Would love this one. We 100 percent need another LB target is ok but feel we need another quality LB to push him or replace him.

2.) 24 Sep 2020 12:30:30
This would be good news, however I'm so sorry that your friend has rabies. Make sure he see a doctor. 🤣🤣🤣.

3.) 24 Sep 2020 13:21:32
Sessegnon would make sense as he played for Fulham and Villa are doing a Fulham.

4.) 24 Sep 2020 14:47:02
Um pretty sure we didn't as we stayed up. Only count for the 1st season I would believe.

5.) 24 Sep 2020 14:51:32
I would love to see us sign Sessegnon and Barkley on loans with options to buy. Get Rashica, and then go after Mepham. That’s a strong squad.

6.) 24 Sep 2020 15:47:20
Can only sign one loan from a premier league club so it’s one or the other we can’t have both.

7.) 24 Sep 2020 18:53:46
I appreciate your joke if nobody else does RHLT 🤣🤣🤣.

8.) 24 Sep 2020 18:57:40
I thought you could only have one player from a club (so it’s Barkley OR Loftus-Cheek) . but we could get another loan from Spurs? Or is it one PL loan total?

9.) 24 Sep 2020 19:59:55
No it’s only one loan from a premier league club so if we take Barkley that’s it.

10.) 24 Sep 2020 20:29:07
Cheers Villadave.

11.) 24 Sep 2020 20:44:25
Apologies RHLT I missed it I was away foaming at the mouth when it landed 😬.

12.) 24 Sep 2020 21:05:17
I thought it was 2 loans but only one from each team.
Ed’s please clarify.

{Ed001's Note - I believe you are correct.}

13.) 24 Sep 2020 23:03:06
Guys if I am wrong I apologise . I have checked the rules and it does say you can have 2 loans but I can’t find a specific reference to the number from other premier league clubs other than you can’t have 2 from the same club, (maybe I am not looking in the right place) But I can’t see over the last couple of years any premier league club loaning more than one player from another premier league clubs, which I accept of itself doesn’t prove my point but I would have thought if it were possible some of the smaller clubs that were promoted like Norwich, Fulham for example would have taken advantage of that possibility if it were available to them.

14.) 25 Sep 2020 00:53:02
Sessegnon is due to sign for Brighton on loan according to Jimmy McCann on Twitter.

15.) 25 Sep 2020 09:23:25
Didn’t derby have Wilson and mount from Liverpool and Chelsea the year we came up.

16.) 25 Sep 2020 09:40:57
They did Whackattack but I thought the rule only applied with loans between premiership clubs.

17.) 25 Sep 2020 09:58:52
Just done some further research and all say 2 loans can be had. Trouble is they don’t distinguish between leagues.

18.) 25 Sep 2020 14:02:19
We need to get to the bottom of this 1 lol, I knew u could only have 1 player loaned from a particular club I didn’t realise there was a cap of amount of loans but I’m not really in the know on these things, maybe walkies can ask his “in the know” connections to clear it up for us😂😂.

19.) 25 Sep 2020 14:39:53
Copied and pasted from the Premier League:
There are restrictions on how many players Premier League clubs can loan from other Premier League/ English clubs.

They are:
- Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time.
- The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.
- Premier League clubs cannot loan to another Premier League club a player they have acquired in the same transfer window.
- A Premier League club may loan not more than one of its goalkeepers to another Premier League club.

20.) 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 😁.

21.) 25 Sep 2020 16:34:11
So Moose as I said 2 loans are available to us.

22.) 25 Sep 2020 16:56:43
Sorry guys it might just be me but I am still not clear does 2 loans mean we can loan 2 premier league players from 2 separate premier league clubs?

23.) 25 Sep 2020 21:23:44
Yep that’s it mate.



22 Sep 2020 11:52:54
I see we are being linked with Starr he was one of the widemen I identified at the start of the window, young, quick, direct and with good feet however given the size of the fee and the fact we are competing with Liverpool allegedly then I think it probably won't happen.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 13:37:00
Freddie or Ringo? 😊😊.

2.) 22 Sep 2020 15:16:11
Edwin? 🤔.

3.) 22 Sep 2020 15:44:02
I struggle to see why we would chase another right winger when we have just signed Traore, who prefers that flank.

The fee looks heavier than we would wish to pay too.

Sarr is mainly reliant on pace. He can produce telling moments in games, but I am not sure he quite fits bill, unless the long drawn out Rashica deal has bitten the dust and Traore is happy operating as a left footer down the left - quite a radical step that though; real retro!

{Ed001's Note - Sarr can play on both flanks or through the middle.}

4.) 22 Sep 2020 15:55:34
If autocorrect doesn’t stop changing my texts this effing phone is going into orbit 😂😂.

5.) 22 Sep 2020 16:08:38
Ed - Any chance with Sarr do you think?

{Ed001's Note - if you pay enough, he wants to move.}

6.) 23 Sep 2020 10:15:54
Man that was so funny 😂.



28 Aug 2020 09:25:35
I see the Swift rumour has re-emerged its one of the few that when it first emerged seemed to die off fairly quickly following Sheffield Utd's interest. I wonder if our renewed interest has anything to do with Hourihane's potential move to Turkey.


1.) 28 Aug 2020 09:57:53
Get rid of Lansbury and upgrade to swift hopefully.




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29 Sep 2020 18:18:48
Given the rave reviews Konsa has been getting recently, should we be tying him down to a long term deal as with Grealish and Mings? I know we only signed him last summer however not sure how long the contract was for.


1.) 29 Sep 2020 18:41:45
June 2023 John, so yes mate definitely needs extending.



28 Sep 2020 10:50:58
Seen an interesting quote attributed to Deano linked to our pursuit of either Loftus Cheek or Barkley his view is that we are light in the central midfield area which I think we all recognise however what came as a little surprising at least to me anyway was he sees Jack being more productive on the left I must confess I think he could be far more destructive in a central role behind the front man buts that's just my view. That being the case then, I wonder whether that puts an end to our pursuit of Rashica (about time) and Benrahma, and if we are only looking for 2 more incomings that it will be Barkley/ Loftus-Cheek plus a forward.


1.) 28 Sep 2020 11:55:34
Yeah I am with you there VillaJohn. I think from here it is central spine - Nelsson (CB) is being mentioned, then Barkley on loan and Edouard.

Though I am a little confused if Edouard comes in then surely you play Watkins and Edouard - both central, which would mean Grealish behind them and then a 3 midfield - so not a lot of room for wingers. Traore on the bench, though personally i would have preferred Benrahma or Rashica to Traore.

If no 1st team striker comes in then I guess Traore, Watkins and Grealish as front three. I personally prefer Grealish on the wing I want him as far forward as possible - he has over 10 goals a season i think from there.

2.) 28 Sep 2020 12:16:00
I agree that with deano that jack is better on the left when he is in the middle he drops far too deep we don’t want he taking on players in our half we need it in and around the box where he can do the real damage.

3.) 28 Sep 2020 12:58:21
Muske if we sign Edouard it looks like Jack will play left Watkins on the right with Edouard through the middle leaving Traore as an impact player coming off the bench whereas I would have had Traore on the left Watkins on the right with Jack pulling the strings centrally I know he has a tendency to come deep looking for the ball but with the pace we now possess out wide and Jack’s ability to pick a pass and switch the play I think we would pose teams real problems particularly on the break however Deano and a lot of you guys see it differently which is fair enough it’s all about opinions after all😀.

4.) 28 Sep 2020 14:10:24
If we signed Edouard, there would probably be a dozen or more permutations up front.
I would go for the setup below, if we don`t get Edouard, use Davis

Watkins Edouard / Davis Traore


McGinn Luiz

Targett Mings Konsa Cash


Steer, Guilbert, Davis, Hourhane, Nakamba, Trez, Hause.

5.) 28 Sep 2020 14:43:40
I think that’s fair enough starting eleven looks good to me but definitely need upgrade on Hause mind you it shows how far we have come if we are only talking about upgrading the bench.

6.) 28 Sep 2020 16:02:40
Traore would make a great sub to bring - a front 3 of Watkins, Edouard and Jack would be pretty good - can Watkins play out wide? Did he do that at Brentford?

As has been said there would be so many options - including and out and out front two.

Nice problems to have :)

7.) 28 Sep 2020 16:59:34
Watkins can and has played wide for Brentford he was only moved in to play as an out and out centre forward when Maupay was sold to Brighton last summer.

8.) 28 Sep 2020 20:42:05
Jack was far more effective with space out wide last season. Centrally he just gets crowded out (although can use his skills to get a card or 2 for the opposition midfielders) .

Maybe with a better forward line he could do the business through the middle but if he's already effective where he is I don't see a reason to mess with it.



27 Sep 2020 20:36:58
I see the Edouard rumours are beginning to surface again only this time it seems Celtic for financial reasons may need to sell and therefore the proposed fee they were demanding has reduced somewhat. I think a front three of Watkins, Edouard and Traore with Jack playing just behind would mean a significant upgrade on what we had last year and would I believe mean we would be looking at least at mid table finish rather than fighting off relegation.


1.) 27 Sep 2020 22:00:32
Be amazed if we secured Édouard, would be an incredible signing - If I was a betting man I think Josh King will be the forward player we sign (Rashica just seems unnecessarily complicated now) . Think we need a MF as well, Ramsey looks the real deal but we need bodies, if we could get Barkley I'd be delighted.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 22:40:48
Same here BK, I myself think it will be King, hope we can get better, but hey beggars can`t be choosers.

3.) 28 Sep 2020 07:23:05
Smith said about needing a player to cover 2 positions. This almost guarantees it being King.
King can play wide or through the middle and leaves Jack playing wide or cm giving us more options.



27 Sep 2020 09:23:22
I have been banging on this transfer window about us lacking premiership experience and a concern about championship players abilities to step up, well Perreira at the Baggies seems to prove it is quite possible to make the jump. Admittedly only 2 games in, but he seems to be taking to the league like a duck to water, two good feet, seems to have the ability to find space, a good set piece taker and apparently bought for about £8-10 million just goes to show value exists in the market if you look hard enough. Maybe I need to change my view 😆.


1.) 27 Sep 2020 11:52:30
Lol. The problem with your initial stance on this John is that you’re not qualified to hold that opinion because you’ve got no Premier League experience 😂😂.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 12:13:15
John mate, the one thing I admire in anybody, is that they have probably made a mistake, after all, we have all done it.
Love your analogy M. D 😂😂.

3.) 27 Sep 2020 12:13:18
Not qualified to hold any opinion Menance! lol 😂 😂.



25 Sep 2020 19:48:50
Linked with attacking midfielder from Nice Wylan Cyprien talks apparently at an advanced stage. I don't know anything about the guy to be honest .

markdavfrance do you know what he's like? Any good?


1.) 25 Sep 2020 20:16:53
Just had a link at a video of him and he certainly wacks the ball in.

2.) 25 Sep 2020 20:25:37
Had a look on TonevTube lol, looks decent, reminds me of Jay Jay Okocha, i’d have some of that 👍🏻


3.) 25 Sep 2020 21:13:52
John, from what I have seen of him he is pretty much box to box, but much better in an attacking sense, defensively I’ve not been overly impressed. He is a high energy type player who has excellent ball control, keeps possession well and can at times go past players seemingly effortlessly. He’s also good at arriving in the box at the right moment, shades of Lampard in that respect.
I get the impression though that he’s bound for Bordeaux, so we should maybe not get too excited.

4.) 25 Sep 2020 21:31:02
Tonevtube is always dangerous😂 good to see we are looking at a big signing in the midfield, so there will be plenty of options if we get another attacker aswell.

5.) 26 Sep 2020 13:02:51
According to Birmingham Live Cyprien won’t be coming.




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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.




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27 Sep 2020 13:46:50
Alli is a good player had a poor season last year but before that I think his stats since he joined Spurs stand comparison with anyone playing in that type of role. I think he struggles with how Mourinho wants him to play, however I am not sure he is what we need right now, I would rather we bought a wide man and moved Jack into a more central position where I think he can create more havoc.

Just as an aside, I drive a Mercedes but I certainly don’t think I have “made it“ lol 😊.




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25 Sep 2020 20:29:32
Sky sports.




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25 Sep 2020 16:56:43
Sorry guys it might just be me but I am still not clear does 2 loans mean we can loan 2 premier league players from 2 separate premier league clubs?




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25 Sep 2020 09:40:57
They did Whackattack but I thought the rule only applied with loans between premiership clubs.





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30 Sep 2020 22:34:04
Dave, I know this might sound harsh but if he can’t tolerate it then he can go in January, Lansbury is going to sit tight until next summer, so if necessary we can use him as back up. Who knows some of the other youngsters might have started to come through by then.




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30 Sep 2020 21:25:39
Dave I like your first team I think it’s spot on, in answer to your question re how I would use Ramsey I would alternate Ramsey and Hourihane on the bench probably using Hourihane in the games against the bigger clubs and Ramsey in the others. As markdavfrance says he also gives us injury cover if required. Whilst I like Hourihane he is not going to be a regular this season and I think his contract is up in the summer and given his age I would be surprised if he extended as he is going to want regular first team football I would have thought therefore better to start to get Ramsey used to premiership football now.




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30 Sep 2020 18:46:28
Definitely keep him I think we have seen enough to continue his integration into first team duties particularly in the cup games and cameo appearances in the prem.




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30 Sep 2020 15:08:27
I can’t see Benrahma happening with Barkley coming Jack will play left and Traore right meaning no place for Benrahma I think we will sign either a centre back or centre forward although personally I think we desperately need a quality left back.




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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 😀.