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Team: Aston Villa

Where from: France

Favourite player: Gordon Cowans

Best team moment: When we won the league in 1981. I was at Highbury. We lost the match 2-0 but won the league because Ipswich lost !

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29 Jul 2020 14:32:23
What’s the verdict on Eberechi Eze from QPR? Apparently he’s attracting a lot of interest, including from us. I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of him to be honest but he is being touted as a possible replacement for Grealish apparently. It would appear he’s provided a lot of assists and has scored his fair share of goals too. It’s said that he can be effective as an attacking midfielder and can also play out on the left, so similar to Grealish in that respect.
It’s reported that QPR will want around 20 million. He is still young at 22, so could be an interesting one.

1.) 29 Jul 2020 14:54:05
Mark, I watch quite a bit of championship football and from what I have seen he seems decent, a technical type very rangy and has a languid running style I don’t think he is that pacy he certainly doesn’t seem to run at players the way that Jack does but he is a creative type and see’s a pass I certainly think he is worth consideration if Benrahma doesn’t happen but the big question is as with all Championship players can they make the step up When I thought we were destined to be relegated and that Jack was going and Benrahma wasn’t likely to happen I did identify Eze as one we ought to consider looking at.

2.) 29 Jul 2020 15:09:19
Yes Mark, he is a half decent player mate, and stays on his feet more than grealish does.
He is strong and direct, and in my opinion thinks a bit quicker, and gets things moving.
He scored against us at VP in a 2-2 draw.
West Ham are showing a big interest, so moving down the road might be his better option.

3.) 29 Jul 2020 15:57:04
Decent looking player, not a winger but more of a wide attacking midfield player (so not sprinting down the wing, more of a technical player) . Jack wants to play number 8, so if he stays Eze could be the one who actually plays wider, or someone of his ilk. I think that's the type of player we need to bring in to keep Jack, a winger/ attacking mid to allow Jack to play centrally.

4.) 29 Jul 2020 18:28:55
Thanks for the feedback guys, I think what is interesting is that you all seem to think he’s technically up there, which as we we’ll know is important in the Premier league and something we lacked a bit. He is young and still has his best years to come, definitely a possibility I think.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s playoff at Brentford to take a look at Benrahma in particular. If Brentford fail tonight, I would think a few phone calls to the Brentford hierarchy might be in order. 👍.

5.) 29 Jul 2020 21:55:35
Boys and girls, if any of you think Eve would choose us over a club in London then your dreaming, only if they supported us or had a family connection, or as usual if we pay big wages will a play like Eve or Benerama come to us, maybe if we had European football that would help too, but in a straight choice, any player in London will want to stay in London, sad but true.



13 Jun 2020 08:33:00
Now that Doncaster and Coventry’s seasons are over does anybody know if Jacob Ramsey and Callum O’hare will be eligible to play in Villa’s remaining 10 games? I heard a Rumour that the registration rule could be relaxed but I have read conflicting reports.

It would certainly be useful given that 5 subs are allowed and you never know it could make a significant difference if they were eligible to play, and in Callum’s case, it might just be enough to convince him to put pen to paper if he gets an opportunity and does well.

1.) 13 Jun 2020 10:28:47
The 3 club rule will be for next season with the transfer windows due to run until October.
The current registration debate was regarding injured players being left out I believe.



06 Jun 2020 19:38:53
Apparently, the training sessions are hotting up now at Bodymoor Heath, and youngsters Mungo Bridge, Tyreik Wright and Louie Barry were all fully involved with the first team squad, which is very encouraging news.
With 9 on the bench and 5 substitutes allowed for the remaining games this could be a sign that the 3 of them are very much in Deano's plans. UTV.

1.) 06 Jun 2020 20:13:01
And you still couldn’t beat the unmentionables.

2.) 06 Jun 2020 20:42:16
I hope so mate, I am getting a bit excited to be honest.
I would love a youngster to come on and do a Rooney, or a Milner.

3.) 06 Jun 2020 21:41:29
Unmentionables? was it against Wolves, I could have sworn it was against West Brom . 😁.



04 Jun 2020 17:18:39
Callum O'hare is reportedly refusing to sign a new contract and therefore may well leave on a free, most likely to Coventry City.
You can hardly blame him given the limited opportunities he's had at the Villa.
So unfortunately it looks like Callum is going to join that long list of academy players who have slipped through the club's fingers.
If this does happen and we end up getting relegated and Coventry get promoted, it wouldn't surprise me if Callum comes back to haunt us next season.
I would however add, I am confident we will stay up, 🙏

1.) 04 Jun 2020 20:10:00
Hi Mark.
I am hoping its all media rubbish mate, it could also be him playing hardball through influences, he knows he has done well at Coventry.
If it is true and we do lose him, I would have to question the integrity of our Owners, and Management.



04 Jun 2020 09:30:47
Hi guys, hope everyone is keeping well and safe.
So the re-start will soon be upon us, and I must say that despite my reservations regarding the safety aspects, I am really looking forward to the games.
What do you think our chances of survival are then?

I think the break probably came at a good time for us. There was a look of resignation about the team, both during and after the last game before the lockdown against Leicester.

The team looked devoid of confidence, drive, ideas and belief and I can remember the despondent feeling amongst us all.
Hopefully though, the break will have provided the opportunity for reflection and some soul searching and fingers crossed they will return with a fresh desire and vigour.

I think with a fully fit John McGinn back in the ranks, it will be like having a new signing and that we will have every chance of survival.

1.) 04 Jun 2020 17:23:12
I hear what your saying but we weren't exactly playing swashbuckling football before McGinn got injured.

2.) 04 Jun 2020 18:10:31
True, and even if McGinn hadn’t got injured RHLT, I doubt we would have been much higher in the table, but he is one of our better players and because of the way he plays, with energy and 100% determination, I’m thinking that this may well lift the team in terms of moral and belief for these remaining crucial games.

There’s no question there are lots of areas where we need to strengthen and improve but let’s get through this period first and hopefully some of those issues will be addressed before next season kicks off, hopefully as still a premier league team.
No doubt there will be plenty to discuss on this site regarding those issues.




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26 Jul 2020 19:14:26
Thank you Deano for hanging in there under extreme pressure.
Thank you Jack for scoring when it mattered.
Thank you Arsenal for beating Watford.
Thank you Daz for all you’re praying.
Thank you God for listening.
and Thank you Eds for putting up with us all season.

1.) 26 Jul 2020 19:23:52
You forgot someone Mark

Goal line technology 😂😂😂😂😂.

2.) 26 Jul 2020 19:54:02
Spot on Malc, we did get away with one didn’t we, but we were denied a point by Mr. Friend earlier in the season at Palace, so it kind of balanced things up I think.

3.) 26 Jul 2020 19:57:22
To all those people moaning bout the “ ghost goal “

We finished on 35 points . if you get less than that then you deserve to go down no matter what

Stop moaning stop crying we are staying up so shut the f. k up and get over it 😂😂.



16 Jul 2020 17:10:09
Prayer mats out you Villans,
It’s now or nEVER TONight 😁.

1.) 17 Jul 2020 10:53:43
Gutted we deserve to win why did we sit back soon as we scored? El Gazi how did he miss. Sorry guys duno what people see in Jack another game he's done nothing! Anyway praying for tomorrow, hoping both sides don't draw.



21 Jun 2020 20:19:27
Chelsea must have been rubbing their hands together when Deano boringly/ predictably took Davis off again, when he was our most effective player.
He was the one player causing them problems, a right handful, there were times when they needed 2 even 3 defenders to keep him at bay.
The one thing that might, just might make a difference, playing Samatta and Davis together, Dean Smith is unwillingly to even try, I find that unbelievable.

1.) 21 Jun 2020 20:53:34
Agree with everything mate. I think we are trying we just not good enough.



13 Jun 2020 19:56:15
I see that they are planning to put “ black lives matter “ on the back of Premier league players shirts instead of their names and numbers.

Whilst this is commendable and respectful to our black communities, I can’t help feeling, a thank you to NHS frontline workers, who have put their lives on the line in recent months, would have been more appropriate.

I certainly hope that something is in the pipeline to show the football world’s appreciation of their wonderful efforts and bravery.

1.) 13 Jun 2020 22:58:37
I think we are getting a bit carried away with all this Mark.
I was saying to my Daughter last week, we should keep our noses out of it, it will only lead to riots and violence on the streets here, and hey presto its here.
Our history can not be changed, and nor should we try.
On the National Health, I think they know how the public feel, so maybe illuminated banners round the pitch would surely have the same effect mate, and less expensive.

2.) 14 Jun 2020 01:11:19
Basically people protesting against themselves. Most were born here making them British and then complain that the British did wrong hundreds of years ago.

3.) 14 Jun 2020 21:34:09
There had been racial injustice since the start of civilisation and it neither right or acceptable, what is unacceptable is the mindless extremists who probably don't understand the sacrifices millions have made for our freedom and are bent on causing as much civil unrest as they can when a country is going through such difficult times.

My best friend and brother in law is Jamaican and he is more disgusted than me over the behaviour of some of the protesters, his view, they are doing far more harm than good and are actually playing in to the hands of right wing racists. Damaging the monuments that are part of our heritage is an absolute disgrace and I hope the government implement long prison sentences for those causing criminal damage to any statues irrespective of the back ground to their existence.

4.) 15 Jun 2020 15:06:05
I think the one point being missed here is after all the constraints we have had to live under for the past three months these idiots risk all that being undone by marching in their thousands without any social distancing.

They could easily put us back in the fight against this dreaded virus. I am as anti racist as anybody but for gods sake what are these people thinking.

{Ed033's Note - They might think the C.V. only typically affects people with existing health problems and have realised that C.V. is placed on death certificates whether they died of C.V. or not [to manipulate the stats] and the true fatality rate of C.V. is less than 0.1%.

Or they've seen that the UK government say on their own web site:
"As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK" - From UK Gov web site



07 May 2020 18:23:16
Moose buddy, if you're out there, Dave would like you to contact him via e-mail, if you could,
cheers mate, 👍.

1.) 08 May 2020 09:14:29
Will do mate hope you're ok 👍.

2.) 08 May 2020 09:50:36
I’m good, hope you and your family are keeping well too mate 👍.

3.) 08 May 2020 09:59:53
I'm good mate had my 1st day back at work yesterday before going back properly Monday. A bit of a weird experience to be honest and not something my girlfriend (who lives with her daughter in her own place) was overly keen on as shes not really spoken to me since I said I was going back 😟.

4.) 08 May 2020 10:22:42
I can imagine all of this has put a lot of strain on relationships up and down the country mate.
I go back as well next Tuesday, I have a contract until the end of September, I suppose you could say I’m semi- retired now as I don’t work all year round anymore.
Good luck with the restart next week mate and I hope everything works out ok for you, 👍.

5.) 08 May 2020 10:39:26
It certainly will strain many relationships mate my mrs is kitchen manager in a pub so God knows when they'll get the go ahead to return probably be 1 of the last. Personally I'm just glad to be getting out the house as I've been rigidly sticking to the social distancing guidelines but it still makes you uneasy going back even though its outdoor work and only 2-3 on site and easy to social distance. I'm hoping the rest of the country gets a similar boost soon probably after Boris's press conference Sunday but hope its adhered to sensibly by everyone though it could cause some social unrest if it affects some and not others. Very trying times for everyone but hopefully everyone's patience and sacrifice will of paid off.

6.) 08 May 2020 11:35:56
That’s the thing Moose, if ‘everybody’ follows the personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines it will possibly be ok, but there’s always an unreliable minority isn’t there.
I don’t know, let’s hope as the lockdown is relaxed, everybody behaves responsibly in order to avoid a second wave. 🙏.

7.) 08 May 2020 11:41:37
Amen to that brother.




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01 Aug 2020 12:54:29
We’ll see rk, but if we are to believe the rumours circulating it looks as if either Olsen or Foster will be coming in to compete with Heaton for the no.1 spot.
Maybe they feel the youngster Sinisalo has the ability to step in if required.



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01 Aug 2020 11:56:13
I don’t know rk, I haven’t asked him, have you mate?
He could definitely learn a lot from quality keepers like Heaton or Foster.
It’s not like it would be a closed shop, if he could improve, he could compete for the first choice slot.



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01 Aug 2020 06:53:23
I wouldn’t say I don’t rate him rk, I just think that if we could get a keeper of Foster’s quality for a small fee, that he would keep Heaton on his toes. I feel we need to ensure we constantly have quality between the sticks, especially when you look at the number of goals we conceded over the season.

Serious competition for places is important for all positions in the team.
Steer for me is ok for 3rd choice, Nyland I would loan out in the hope that he could conquer his nerves, become more vocal, and develop his game generally.



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31 Jul 2020 20:28:59
Personally I don’t see Steer or Nyland as being good enough as a number 2 choice whereas I think Foster would be, and would in fact provide competition for Heaton.



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31 Jul 2020 20:10:11
Pace could be important if our goalie needs to get up the pitch for a last minute corner in an attempt to grab an equalizer ( very likely as well playing for us ) 😂😂🤣.




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05 Aug 2020 14:32:14
It does seem a lot of money for Benrahma considering he only has Championship experience. Would he be as effective against better defenders, he did appear to struggle against Fulham.
One player that keeps coming back in my mind is Gerard Deulofeu of Watford who looked terrific playing down the left flank before his injury. He has proved he can cut it at Premier League level and may just prove to be cheaper than Benrahma. He is versatile too in that he can play anywhere along the frontline. If he has recovered well from his injury, he may just prove to be a safer bet.



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04 Aug 2020 18:38:57
I’ll bring a bottle of claret mate and we can sing the blues 😂😂.



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04 Aug 2020 16:45:50
Laursen and Mellberg “Lord I miss you”
Probably right Dave, Stones and Mings together, I might need an,
“Emotional rescue”😂.



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04 Aug 2020 14:10:43
He “Can’t get no satisfaction” at Man City and I know
“You can’t always get what you want”, but I reckon John Stones would get us “Rolling”.



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03 Aug 2020 21:48:29
Benrahma is capable of working hard. I don’t think he would be any less effective than Targett when it comes t defensive duties. Buendía is young and hard working, and you could always bring Elmo or Guilbert on if the going gets tough.