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11 May 2021 17:01:48
We are apparently being linked with a move for Anguissa from Fulham for the defensive midfielder role.

Villajohn

1.) 11 May 2021 22:11:45
I could see that being on option. Possibly a bit cheaper than Berge.

Smith might fancy pushing Luiz up into a CM role. Quite how he fits McGinn and Sanson in as well though is anybody’s guess. The Frenchman may have to warm the bench.


2.) 13 May 2021 13:34:57
I have been doing a bit of reading on Anguissa and so the plosives are that he’s quite athletic, quick and can pick a pass however he also has a tendency to switch off on occasion and has got the odd rick in him! We have already got a couple of players who fit that profile so he’s not for me if I am honest, the problem I have is if it’s not Berge or Bissouma then I am not sure who I would want to fill that defensive midfield role, certainly no one from the premier league screams out at me maybe we have to look abroad.


3.) 14 May 2021 23:42:30
The lad at Sporting Lisbon (Joao Palinha) looks a decent option, or Sangare at PSV. My top choice would probably be AZ’s Teun Koopmeiners. Any of those should be gettable tbh. Slightly more fanciful, but might we make a play for Camavinga at Rennes, given the state of French football finances? Lots of options out there and I’m encouraged by Smith’s recent comments about exciting targets and the work that’s already been done to secure them.


4.) 16 May 2021 22:55:37
Koopmeiners is a name that has cropped up again in the last couple of weeks on one web blog, which I cannot recall. He has a remarkable scoring record for a DM and would have longer term captaincy credentials, should that be required.

There is a suggestion that Berge has a £35M release clause. That would be a rather unattractive cosideration, if true.


 

 

05 May 2021 11:50:20
The plot re Chukwuemeka thickens, apparently he wants to leave in the summer because the club has apparently reneged on certain promises that were made to him. If that is the case I would assume it relates to opportunities with the first team, and if that's true, and he is as good as people say then it's poor from the club and doesn't bode well for the other youngsters coming through.

Villajohn

1.) 05 May 2021 13:01:06
This was in football insider. who also promoted the story about Bayern leading the chase. Their ‘source’ is non-specific and it feels this is a lot of hot air to me. He’s not long signed his contract; someone wants to buy him they’re looking at paying out £25-30m+ based on Bellingham’s transfer and the inevitable comparisons they’ve been made between the two players. Bayern feels like a lazy link too. just because Bellingham moved to Dortmund? Bayern already have Musiala, and Rhein coming through too. Makes little sense.

The allegation of broken promises also feels a stretch given he’s been with the first team squad, and in the match day travelling squad. The lad has been on the bench twice, and seen JJ given an opportunity. What else could he realistically expect? He’s in a great place at Villa to fulfil his potential, and hopefully he’s getting good advice to that effect.


2.) 05 May 2021 13:32:45
Chukwumeka will not be signing for Aston Villa 😉😁.


3.) 05 May 2021 13:52:10
Hope your right Ant but if he is as good as people say he only has to look at Bellingham as to what can happen if given a chance, playing for the noses one year and then in the Champions League and for England the next, as you say the key thing is who is advising him but if the club have given him certain assurances which haven’t been lived up and he has lost confidence in management then who knows he may very well look to pastures new.


4.) 05 May 2021 16:01:40
Hi John,
It would appear that he has the same malaise re management that some of us have.
In the mid 50's a lad from Dudley was sent away from VP because he was a very big lad, and he was!
Played for England after a couple of years. Played for Man Utd.
His name Duncan Edwards.
Great loss after the Munich air crash in 1958.


5.) 06 May 2021 13:36:02
Moose will not be posting on Villa Transfer Rumours.

UTV.


6.) 06 May 2021 15:48:07
🤣🤣🤣🤣👍.


 

 

03 May 2021 19:17:27
Chukwuemeka to Bayern in the summer! I hope that rumour is just that, a rumour.

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11 Apr 2021 09:18:02
Guys I will share this with you for what it's worth I know you treat these kind of rumours with a degree of scepticism but KingVilla I ain't 😁 so please bear that in mind.
I have a friend who was on Norwich's books as a youth and still does work for them on occasion. I have been pumping him for information on Buendia and this is what I have gleaned from him. Apparently Norwich will sell one of there stars Cantwell/ Buendia/ Aarons but only one (unless they then get an offer for the others which is too good to turn down) and Buendia is the preferred choice because he has expressed a desire to move and also because Norwich want to generate an auction to drive up the fee. The interesting thing is that whilst Buendia has no preference when it comes to club he has expressed a desire to move nearer the capital which if true would rule us out . Whilst Arsenal have a well established interest Spurs are now showing an interest and this is supposedly the option Norwich would favour as they would like to include Oliver Skipp in any deal.

Villajohn

1.) 11 Apr 2021 13:30:22
As much as I would like Buendia at our club, that all sounds very feasible to me John, and I am not surprised if I am honest.
If it is true, you can understand the players feelings, after all a happy settled player, would theoretically be a better player.


 

 

07 Feb 2021 08:24:36
I see according to press reports we are looking to offer Jack a new deal and make a move to sign Barkley permanently thoughts?

Villajohn

1.) 07 Feb 2021 08:42:26
Sign his best mate to keep your best player happy, makes sense but not for the right reasons.


2.) 07 Feb 2021 09:01:46
If Chelski want £30M for Barkley, I’d offer them £10M more for Mount, that’d confuse out of Southgate if they were on the pitch at the same time. 🤔

UTV.


3.) 07 Feb 2021 09:31:41
He'll only have 👀 for Mason 💖👬🥰.


4.) 07 Feb 2021 14:45:56
I really rate Mount to be honest, but don’t think we’d have a hope in signing him. If Chelsea want to play sensible for Barkley, I’d do it, providing it was value we couldn’t get elsewhere.


5.) 07 Feb 2021 15:04:52
I personally don`t want Barkley near VP, full stop.
If we sign him, I have no doubt he will be a problem, he has all the traits of a J. Lescott, S. Ireland, performs when he feels like it.


6.) 07 Feb 2021 20:28:16
Looks like we are prepared to up Jack’s salary to £200k a week, and pay Chelsea £40 million for Barkley according to Sky Sports, I do like Barkley but not at £40 million better value to be had elsewhere.


7.) 07 Feb 2021 21:07:18
They bought him for £15M when he was playing arguably his best football, he’s gone backwards since then and is a few years older, £20M or less in a heavily impacted by C.V. market or walk away

UTV.


8.) 07 Feb 2021 21:15:22
I wouldn’t go higher than £30 million for Barkley and even that will be a little too high.


9.) 07 Feb 2021 21:25:36
Reports stating Chelski want £40m.
No thank you not at that price. £20m sounds more realistic.
To be honest he has more average games than very good ones and that isn't worth forking out £40m imo.


10.) 08 Feb 2021 12:25:49
We could buy a serious player with 40 million, I like rafinha of Leeds or Harrison. Barkley’s England days are over there’s no way he’s worth 40 million.


11.) 08 Feb 2021 12:33:54
Not a chance we pay £40 million for Barkley, it goes against every bit of business the owners/ board have done since coming in. The clues are all there, this isn’t one I’d worry about.

The Grealish deal has potential, the owners have already clinged onto him when it looked most likely he’d leave twice. They know for us to progress we have to keep hold of him. It wasn’t that long ago we were neck and neck with Spurs fighting for European places, the difference was we sold our best players, where as they held onto there’s for that little bit longer and moved onto that next level. We can’t make that mistake again, and imo under this new leadership, we won’t make that mistake again.


12.) 08 Feb 2021 14:33:56
Sorry not for me at any price. I think there are more consistent performers out there we could look at. He's too hit and miss for my liking. We need players who like jack/ Luiz can influence games not to play a bit part. Goes missing far too much for me.


 

 

 

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17 May 2021 20:45:53
I read an interesting article from Ashley Preece re our approach come this transfer window. Apparently we will look to bring in 6-7 players However we won't be spending £40 million here, £50 million there, the approach will be data analytics led. We will also look at the Euro's to see if we can find any rough diamonds to pick up on the cheap. Maybe there will be more names coming in that we aren't overly familiar with.
With that in mind I see we are being linked with a winger from Bordeaux I think, Mehdi Zerkane I must confess I know nothing about him does anyone on here? markdavfrance are you aware of this guy? .

Villajohn

1.) 17 May 2021 21:00:17
Can’t find the arrivals mate you got a link?


2.) 17 May 2021 21:00:25
*article😂.


3.) 17 May 2021 21:17:30
1 goal and 1 assist this season in a poor league, couldn’t see him being a runner tbh, that said I know nothing about him.


4.) 17 May 2021 21:31:24
Chris, it’s on Birmingham live. I picked it up through Newsnow.


5.) 17 May 2021 23:14:57
I'd be surprised if we were looking for diamonds in the rough after Smith's comments regarding exciting signings - We will absolutely be using data driven analytics as a scouting tool given the restructuring of the backroom staff recently but I can't see us looking at potential rather than proven talent this summer. For me this window will be about adding guaranteed talent to our ranks.


6.) 18 May 2021 08:25:30
BK I think the article was saying that it’s going to be a mixed approach some established stars but what I took from the article was not to expect every signing to be established names costing £40-50 million at a time.


7.) 18 May 2021 12:06:27
Makes sense John, if we can find some Mahrez or Kante-esque gems for low value then that would be fantastic, especially in non priority areas like CB and LB. I'd be very disappointed if we are not looking at established names for key areas though, we need to add genuine quality to this 11 as it's been distinctly lacking in 2021 so far.


8.) 18 May 2021 16:54:53
We might be unearthing one of the hidden gems Ashley Preece was talking about, a 25 year old left back from Stade de Reims Ghislain Konan.


 

 

16 May 2021 14:13:16
I normally like to accentuate the positives from a game but unfortunately today I can't. Whilst on paper we might have had a lot of attempts we lost against a side that over the season as a whole is poor. We dominate for the first 15 minutes create a number of chances don't take any of them, then when we do score, we do what we have done a number of times we take our foot off the gas and let the other team back into the game, we take the lead again and create a couple of good chances to extend the lead but don't but at half time we are still in front. Second half Palace come out they are obviously going to change tactically and they press us higher up the pitch we didn't seem to know how to respond and we let them dominate the game from there on in, and once the equaliser went in there was only going to be one winner and it wasn't us. The last two substitutions were too late to really effect the game and overall very poor and I have to be honest I am not sure what Ramsey brings to the midfield although I accept he's a better option than Barkley but that's not saying much, and if we are going to persist with playing out from the back we need a better option than Hause who whilst is good in the air is a liability with the ball at his feet. Whilst defence are much better than last year, tactically we are poor and today our game management shocking. As well as needing additional signings I think a lot more work is required on the coaching front as the number of points we have shed from winning positions is scandalous.

Villajohn

1.) 16 May 2021 15:18:59
Hit the nail on the head John👍.


 

 

12 May 2021 18:40:48
A number of us have posted about giving some of our kids a run before the end of the season to start the process of integrating them into the first team and we all I think have very high hopes for our youth team products. However I was looking at the England U 17 World Cup winning squad to see how many of them were playing at the highest level and actually considering these lads were the best England had to offer only two are what I would call established first team players those being Foden and Sancho and four others are occasional starters Smith-Rowe, Hudson-Odoi Gallagher and Rhian Brewster. Maybe we need to keep expectations in perspective if we end up with two or three established premiership quality players out of our current crop of youngsters we will have done exceptionally well.

Villajohn

1.) 12 May 2021 19:08:03
I see what you are saying John, and I get the point you are trying to make, but its opinions again mate.
It is not possible that we could play any of these players, Chukky, Kesler, Bidace, A Ramsey, and they become Foden class in a year or two.
Also don`t forget Greenwood who has played 50 plus games for Utd, and he turned our defence like a seasoned pro to score, aged 19.
Gems are always hidden mate, you never know its a gem until it is uncovered.


2.) 12 May 2021 19:40:31
Spot on John. i'd say about 1 in every 200 kids maybe more will make the grade when you have 1 of those kids you have to nurture them not rush them. How many made the grade from the Nextgen team?


3.) 12 May 2021 19:57:54
Villadave Greenwood especially is a good point . Obviously he was doing it in youth and U23 games, so he was given his chance . We have these kids who deserve their runout, whether it’s a step to far, can only found out, if they have their chance . You can go through all standards of football& anybody scoring regularly, will continue scoring, after a step up . Look at Ollie, £28m for someone with no, Premier experience, waste of money .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.


4.) 12 May 2021 21:05:55
John say it quietly but it’s because these youth team players aren’t as brilliant as some like to make out 🤫. I watched a couple of the games in the group stage of the EFL trophy I think it’s called now, where they get to play against lower league full men’s sides, and it wasn’t great, to say the least. No doubt there’s talent there, but it’s been said a thousand times, youth and ressies are a million miles from the pro game.

I’ve no doubt it’s our best crop since the next gen winning side, but as gaz has said, out of that side two have played more than 10 games at Premier league level and I think 3 at championship level. That side were playing at the highest level at the time, this lot are second division domestically. Since then we had the raving about someone else every couple of years, when they fade into nothing we don’t hear it anymore, there was bloody murder from posters on here about Hepburn-Murphy, no one seems to like to mention he’s at Pathos FC now😂.

Leave it to the professionals, if their good enough, they’ll play, as we’ve seen with JR this season.


5.) 12 May 2021 21:13:37
Exactly Dave, what's to lose, I don`t get it mate.


 

 

12 May 2021 07:51:03
Apparently we are interested in Pereira which I think would be a good move as the guy is quick can play wide or through the middle and would provide us with more options, however the Baggies are reluctant to do business with us. I wonder though if as part of the deal we loaned them Chukwuemeka for the season as a sweetener that might help seal the deal, it lands us a good player and gives us the opportunity to see how Chukwuemeka copes at senior level. Win win in my opinion.

Villajohn

1.) 12 May 2021 08:33:40
I imagine pereira would fit the bill, it’s a similar situation to when Norwich went down with Buendia, hopefully we capitalise this time.

Brilliant suggestion about Chukky, they’ll be losing Gallagher aswell so will need signings!


2.) 12 May 2021 16:57:52
Good calls John 👍🏻

UTV.


3.) 12 May 2021 23:22:15
I like that idea John. Pereira I think would be an excellent signing and think a loan for Chukwuemeka makes a lot of sense.


 

 

10 May 2021 13:12:27
Just a few thoughts following yesterday's game. Firstly I am not sure what planet Deano was on yesterday afternoon in his post match interview but it was most definitely a penalty Luiz challenge was ill judged and just because Sterling wasn't awarded one against Chelsea the night before doesn't mean that you compound an incorrect decision with another one.

Secondly I think the club need to make a decision about Traore if they want a wide player that tracks back and provides cover for Cash then Traore is definitely not your man quite frankly I am more worried when he does track back because he often tries ludicrous cross field passes which gives the ball straight back to the opposition and we are immediately on the back foot, but in the final third he is a menace albeit an inconsistent menace and creates problems for the opposition.

With regards to the match yesterday our best player in my opinion was Konsa his positional sense and reading of the game is first class, to my mind he is the best English centre back in the premiership and at the very least should be in the England squad I thought he was unfairly criticised by Alan Shearer for Utd's third, Cavani was out wide lost Cash and glanced the header past Martinez I don't understand why that's Konsa's fault.

Which brings me on to my real gripe which is the standard of punditry which is quite shocking in my view, one week they are bemoaning the fact that penalties are only given when a player goes to ground in the box and if a player 'buys's'a penalty then that's good play however this week when Watkins is touched by Henderson and goes over its something we don't want to see in the game and he deserved to be sent off well I am sorry you can't have it all roads either this type of gamesmanship is now part of the game or it isn't so for me did Henderson touch Watkins yes was it enough to bring him down no should Watkins have been sent off no.

If we are not careful it will soon be the case if the attacker goes to ground in the box and a penalty isn't awarded they will automatically be booked because if it isn't a foul it's simulation. Finally is it only me but what about Greenwood's hand ball in the box, his hand was never in a natural position but not even discussed on Match of the Day! Rant finished 🤣.

Villajohn

1.) 10 May 2021 13:35:50
John sounds more like common sense to me rather than a rant. Smiths interviews now rarely reflect the facts and all this says to me is that he is under pressure. You are absolutely right about Traore and along with Barkley and the rest of the midfield we lack any quality (jack excepted) .


2.) 10 May 2021 14:35:34
Agree John, some good points made there mate, and as scotty said nothing like a rant, just honest accurate opinions.
And as for our midfield, I am fed up talking about something that simply doesn`t exist.


3.) 12 May 2021 23:40:25
Pretty much agree with everything you’ve said there John.


 

 

 

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13 May 2021 13:34:57
I have been doing a bit of reading on Anguissa and so the plosives are that he’s quite athletic, quick and can pick a pass however he also has a tendency to switch off on occasion and has got the odd rick in him! We have already got a couple of players who fit that profile so he’s not for me if I am honest, the problem I have is if it’s not Berge or Bissouma then I am not sure who I would want to fill that defensive midfield role, certainly no one from the premier league screams out at me maybe we have to look abroad.

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11 May 2021 12:48:03
I am not sure I think he’s a busted flush he has lost the services of Jota and Jimenez for most of the season, if you took Grealish and Watkins out of our team for the same period of time then I think our results would be very different but I agree that tactically he has come up a bit short this season.

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05 May 2021 13:52:10
Hope your right Ant but if he is as good as people say he only has to look at Bellingham as to what can happen if given a chance, playing for the noses one year and then in the Champions League and for England the next, as you say the key thing is who is advising him but if the club have given him certain assurances which haven’t been lived up and he has lost confidence in management then who knows he may very well look to pastures new.

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03 May 2021 09:10:43
To be honest if Heaton wants to play first team football why on gods earth would he join United? At best he will be second choice behind Henderson, at worst third choice if De Gea stays, surely either way he has just as much chance of playing first team football with us than with them.

If he does move to United won’t it be on a free? As his contract expires this summer so the swap with Axel would be a non starter.

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01 May 2021 14:59:04
Mark, definitely with you if the rumour on Axel is right as you say he’s the right age, versatile in that he can play in a number of defensive positions even defensive midfield if push came to shove and at £7 million in today’s market they strikes me as great value. However I am not sure how reliable the rumour is, as other outlets are reporting we are looking to sign an experienced premier league centre back which clearly Axel isn’t. I guess time will tell which way we go.

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18 May 2021 16:54:53
We might be unearthing one of the hidden gems Ashley Preece was talking about, a 25 year old left back from Stade de Reims Ghislain Konan.

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18 May 2021 08:25:30
BK I think the article was saying that it’s going to be a mixed approach some established stars but what I took from the article was not to expect every signing to be established names costing £40-50 million at a time.

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17 May 2021 21:31:24
Chris, it’s on Birmingham live. I picked it up through Newsnow.

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17 May 2021 20:14:23
Be careful what you wish for 4eva as it wouldn’t surprise me, if the story is true that Spurs look to replace Kane with Abraham, and whilst personally I wouldn’t see that as the end of the world I know some on here would be bitterly disappointed with that outcome.

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17 May 2021 15:17:37
You only have to look at the numbers to know that that’s b####### whilst I have no doubt Deano will have a sizeable war chest I don’t see it being £260 million or even half that to be honest. Interesting that Wesley is supposedly being made available for loan, if that is the case then surely Davis will also be on his way either as with Wesley a loan or permanently which suggests to me that at least one striker will be coming in with Barry being promoted as a more permanent feature of the first team squad.

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