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27 Sep 2020 13:33:17
Apparently Alli is available and Chris Sutton has suggested he could come to us.
I know we were linked to him when he was at MK Dons but for me he is by far the most overrated player in the league.

He had one good season as an unknown but has been found out regularly ever since. Plays like a beemer/ merc/ audi driver who thinks they're all that because they've "made it".


1.) 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 😊.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 15:30:33
We want footballers not Boxers. 😊.

3.) 27 Sep 2020 15:31:57
Joking aside, totally agree John.

4.) 27 Sep 2020 16:09:49
Agree John, no doubt he improves us, but it’s one of the last positions we need improving in.

I rate Alli, just think he’s only really played in his position for two seasons. Did pretty well, and because of that success he just kept getting pushed further forward and then out wide which just never worked. He’s a number 8, old school, box to box, from a time when centre mids were expected to do both, go forwards and backwards, that’s how he made his name and needs to get back to it to see the best of him.

There are big questions about his attitude, seems pretty childish on the all or nothing documentary.



27 Sep 2020 13:32:09
The Sun obviously have their biases but are normally clued in on transfers. The Scottish Sun claim Brighton have expressed an interest in Edouard. Maybe that makes him available for less than we thought? No way they pay the expected £40mill on a player.




12 Sep 2020 10:15:28
I see Noel Whelan is up to his old tricks again. Claims Wilson not happening meant we panic bought our second choice.
Obviously does zero research before spouting off when Watkins was clearly our main transfer target from day 1.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 10:36:54
The guy is an irrelevant cretin. The man is robbing a living. Every man and his dog knew Watkins was Smith’s number one target.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 11:47:43
Agree ant, the Watkins deal took at least 2 weeks to thrash out it was almost there before any bid went in for Wilson, isn’t whelan a Leeds fan? Nothing but jealousy they couldn’t even convince their manager to stay on for more than 1 year cause he knows they going to do a Norwich and go straight back down😂😂.

3.) 12 Sep 2020 12:04:46
Just for clarity Whackattack Bielsa only ever signs 1 year contracts so it’s nothing to do with his lack of faith in his team, and I for one don’t think they will go down in fact I think they are more likely to do a Wolves or Sheffield Utd. Bielsa is a class act.

4.) 12 Sep 2020 12:07:02
I can never understand why ex-pros are considered experts in the transfer market. I don’t think they have any more idea than the rest of us and clearly don’t research much, if anything.

Kevin Phillips suggests we made a massive mistake in missing out on Callum Wilson. Well, firstly the guy didn’t want to move to Villa and, secondly, he has a paltry scoring record in the EPL, managing double figures once. All the Sky and Talk Sport place the guy on a pedestal as some phenomenal goal scorer. Complete tosh.

5.) 12 Sep 2020 12:35:42
If Wilson had stayed with Bournemouth for this season, I doubt that he would have scored half the number of goals Watkins scored last season.

6.) 12 Sep 2020 14:06:06
I do agree villajohn he is a good manager I was just having a pop at Leeds, wasn’t his last contract for 2 years with option to extend by 1 year, well so say the article about him signing the extension anyways, honestly I can’t see them doing a Sheffield or wolves he’s not as good a man manager as wilder or nuno, they threw away automatic promotion last year then rubbish themselves in the playoffs, and started to slip a bit this year also into the new year, bilic was also a good manager with Fulham but it didn’t save him, 1 thing for sure I think this year’s premier league will be tougher than last years, looking through the fixtures there’s none looking to easy, my money is on West Ham Fulham Brighton West Brom and Leeds to slug it out down the bottom, what u guys think who will be in the relegation battle?

7.) 12 Sep 2020 18:32:15
Look at Bielsa’s record, wherever he has been he has had success and he plays a brand of entertaining football which is why he is such a sought after manager. I have even heard Klopp refer to him as world class so that’s good enough for me. Time will tell whether Leeds tsurvive or not it I think they will even if it’s only because there are 3 worse teams which I think will be West Ham, Fulham and Albion I also have a sneaking feeling Brighton might struggle as well.



17 May 2020 09:06:06
If we stay up and get the reported £80mill asking price for Jack who do we think we could realistically bring in?
I think our starting lineup could look like this (Dunk being less likely with the owners strategy of younger players but best option within budget imo) .
Guilbert Dunk Mings Targett
Rashica Mcginn Benrahma
Samatta Wesley

El Ghazi

Only one cm on bench as both starting wingers could slot into that central position.

We could stick with Konsa who has been decent and look at right back instead but I'm struggling to think of any great options available less than £20mill who are significant upgrades.


1.) 19 May 2020 14:27:37
Not a bad line up however I would take a couple of players from Utd for Jack so I would ask for Axel and Chris Smalling.

I like you I know he is outside the age bracket but it gives us some premier league experience which we have been crying out for at the back, and ask for £55 million I would also ditch Wesley Engels Trezeguet Taylor and El Ghazi And I would look to bring in Harry Wilson, Benrahma Barkley Mitrovic and Batshuayi and go 4 4 2.

I am sure there are lots of other ways we could go and it’s great to indulge in a bit of Fatasy football, but I think we can all agree that whatever we do we need to do something different next season.

2.) 19 May 2020 17:34:57
I think Wesley will grow and he has shown at times that coming short to bring people into play is his strength. Wesley deeper with Samatta running the channels could work.

Utd wouldn't give Axel and Smalling for a combined £25mill valuation and Smalling is even worse than what we have imo.
I don't think we'd get enough for the players you listed to buy all of your wish list and ditching both wingers for Benrahma and Wilson would still leave us short in that department.

While his defensive work is poor you can't argue with the fact El Ghazi has won us points at the other end so should keep him for backup/ rotation.

3.) 20 May 2020 14:25:50
Smalling available for £15 mill apparently he has had a decent season with Roma and he certainly isn’t as error strewn as Engels. In terms of cover for the wingers I would use Louie Barry and Green as cover after extending his contract . I don’t think el ghazi or tres does enough at either end of the pitch although tres works hard that isn’t enough in the prem imo. However that’s the beauty of this is it’s all about opinions.

4.) 20 May 2020 18:19:55
With you on that John.

5.) 21 May 2020 06:19:53
Barry isn't really a winger, he can play on the outside of a 3 at a push but he's a number 9 through and through.
I liked Green for us at times in the championship but it worries me he can't even get into a struggling Preston team now. May be a case of just not the right fit and his pace works better for our counter attacks but you'd have thought if he was that good they'd play him.



25 Dec 2019 01:06:16
Maybe controversial but with the lack of pace in our side does anyone else think that the fact we have one of the biggest pitches is working against us?
Worked wonders with Young, Milner, Downing and Gabby but we're a completely different team now, may be worth looking at reducing the dimensions closer to the minimum limit which most bottom half teams tend to do.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 15:58:40
Seriously? I think you're clutching at straws fella or taking the p***.
The problem is playing championship football with mainly championship footballers under a championship manager. Result? Well I think we all know where we're heading.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 17:11:38
Clearly sensible people saw something in it. One thing clearly isn't going to solve everything but at least giving quick players less space and our not quick players a chance to get to the ball first is a small step towards a solution.
Everything at this level of football is minor tweaks, major overhauls statistically fail regularly so why not try things which could help.
Complaining about things while offering zero solutions gets you absolutely nowhere.




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20 Dec 2020 19:37:04
Drop El ghazi you say? Good on him, deserves more respect after being one of our best players against Burnley.


1.) 20 Dec 2020 19:54:02
As you said the other day RK, Burnley was one of his best performances in a villa shirt, bar finishing. No way he was getting dropped today! Really happy for both him and Traore, hope Traore can kick on from here.

2.) 20 Dec 2020 20:08:02
Traoré has had a good half also, a lot more encouraging from him.



17 Dec 2020 20:05:55
Overall play was good. Finishing wasn't the best obviously but please tell me who you think could have done better without changing the overall dynamic?
Ramsey wouldn't have scored so you can't say he would have made the team better.
I applaud El Ghazi. He was out of practice but his overall game outside of his finishing was that of someone wanting to be back in the team.
Unfortunately teams are being clever and stopping our 2 best finishers from having clear chances.
Jack played the right options but was let down by the receiver. He could shoot more but when someone is better placed you have to do the right thing. If he doesn't score by shooting then everyone moans that Traore or El Ghazi were in better positions and he can't win.


1.) 17 Dec 2020 20:17:15
At least we're creating chances and lots of them. We desperately need another option up front.
Davis must be the luckiest man at Villa. He knows there is no competition for places up front and just has to stay fit to get game time. He's a poor player. How many Prem minutes without a goal?

2.) 17 Dec 2020 20:26:26
My thoughts exactly on El Ghazi Rk!

3.) 17 Dec 2020 20:37:18
Apart from the end product the performance was good. It was mentioned last week that we do actually have a natural finisher in young Louie Barry. I can’t believe with the number of chances created tonight that he wouldn’t have hit the target, at least once. Hopefully with 9 subs soon to be allowed on the bench, we might see some of our young talent before too long.
El ghazi has ability, at times he looks like Ronaldo, but unfortunately unlike Ronaldo the end product is sadly lacking .

4.) 17 Dec 2020 20:53:06
The hypothetical there though Mark is do we control it like we did and Barry have those chances.
It's all well and good saying a certain person would score in the same position but you're assuming they'd be in that position in the first place.

5.) 17 Dec 2020 20:59:21
Would Barry have been in those positions? A lot of el ghazis shots he had beaten a couple of players before hand, that’s not Barry’s game.

6.) 17 Dec 2020 21:21:44
The point I’m trying to make though is he would have been a useful option off the bench, as we were looking for a goal. If we could have brought him on for Traoré for the last 20 minutes for example, he would have been more likely to have hit the target than Davis I think. I can’t remember where I read it, but he is already regarded as the most clinical finisher at the club. We may just have our own Michael Owen just waiting in the wings.

7.) 17 Dec 2020 21:40:30
Won't do any harm having him on the bench even if it's just for the experience, make the most of those extra 2 substitute places.

8.) 17 Dec 2020 21:41:59
Agree Mark 100%.

9.) 17 Dec 2020 21:52:48
Watkins is a natural finisher and was in positions youd expect him to be. Burnleys defending meant it wasn't really a day for a middle man to shine because of how ridiculously narrow they were.

10.) 17 Dec 2020 22:02:33
If he had the chances El Ghazi had we would have won the game, of that I am certain.

11.) 18 Dec 2020 09:33:10
If my aunty had balls comes to mind.

Too many ifs and buts, who would he have came on for? El ghazi? Ok so playing a young striker out of position, is he going to track back, cover the full back the way Ghazi did? Will he beat 2/ 3 players for pace in order to set up the chances El Ghazi had? From what I’ve seen that’s not his game.

It’s starting to get worse than whenever we’d struggle to score and people clamoured for Hepburn-Murphy, who now plays for a popular party destination😂

If he was ready, he would be in the squads at least, that’s what the management team get paid millions of pounds for.

12.) 18 Dec 2020 11:36:35
I am referring to Watkins chris, in answer to rk.

13.) 18 Dec 2020 11:55:03
Fair play dave, read that wrong mate, with you with that though, el ghazi just needed to put his foot through it at times, seen Watkins do that plenty of times already.

Point still stands re Barry though, give the lad time to develop gents.

14.) 18 Dec 2020 13:35:35
Watkins would 100% finished them but he was the one occupying the defenders.
May be a case if when Wesley us back flanking him with Watkins and Grealish so they can do the damage.

15.) 18 Dec 2020 13:54:57
Either way, we looked good going forward, but it was still very erratic finishing.



21 Nov 2020 17:04:56
Michael Oliver villa v Palace last season, same ref v Brighton this season. Coincidence that these decisions go against us? Absolutely not.


1.) 21 Nov 2020 17:11:49
Thought the Palace ref was Kevin Friend rk .

2.) 21 Nov 2020 17:31:01
Oliver was involved there as well though where he had the opportunity to overrule the ref.



13 Nov 2020 23:07:20
Good to see the league have gone back to having all games broadcast on the existing services.
Was worried scrapping the ppv would just mean getting rid of additional airtime altogether.




13 Nov 2020 11:19:50
Anybody following Villa outside of match days knows it has been the message every window.
It was first page when I first searched but has somehow dropped away. Still wasn't that hard to find it though.

smith on transfer window


1.) 13 Nov 2020 12:28:19
Cheers mate, don’t need to be so defensive.

2.) 14 Nov 2020 12:20:42
That’s obviously an old article with its references to Suso.

3.) 14 Nov 2020 12:41:09
I did think that whatattack.

4.) 14 Nov 2020 15:40:59
Need to read the original discussion. I already stated that it was 2019 and it was just an example article to show my point that the leadership have made it clear from day one that there will be an intention for players to be sold at a profit to make the club sustainable.

5.) 14 Nov 2020 23:37:01
I suppose the proof will be in the pudding, so far not the case, both Grealish and McGinn could have been sold at huge profits so far under the new regime and neither has been.

6.) 15 Nov 2020 07:35:58
Like I said before, you need the whole squad before you can afford to lose pieces. Leipzig and Dortmund weren't selling their top players from day one.
There's also a difference between selling a player for a profit and selling your star player.
Selling Jack at £50mill made no sense when his trajectory meant another season would probably triple that valuation.
In regards to Mcginn nobody ever came close to making any offers. We likely would only have ever got £15-20mill last summer, nothing like the £50mill that was claimed we valued him at.
You keep making counter points to a points i'm not even making.

7.) 15 Nov 2020 09:32:47
I guess we’ll see, as I said and backed up with multiple examples, so far not the case.

8.) 15 Nov 2020 10:37:35
Because it was never going to be the case.
End goal means exactly that. You can't dispute something before its at the point its due to happen because it hasn't happened yet.
Your argument has literally been the equivalent of "It won't be sunny on June 1st 2025 because it hasn't happened"

9.) 15 Nov 2020 11:09:03
I don’t understand why you are so defensive, you think we will follow a model of Dortmund or Leipzig based on a snippet from the manager last year. I don’t think we’ll follow that model, based on us not taking opportunities we have had so far to do so.

As I said time will tell, but you don’t need to look for an argument where there isn’t one, people can have opposing opinions.

10.) 15 Nov 2020 11:46:07
I'm not being defensive. I'm simply pointing out that you created an opposing point to a point that wasn't made. You created the argument by saying I'm wrong based on something I didn't say.
The opinion "I don't think we will go down that road" is valid, your opinion of "we're clearly not because we haven't sold anyone yet" isn't because that wasn't my position.
That article was one example, I've clearly stated that the whole leadership have stated the same thing in multiple interviews. My prediction is based on far more than the one example I posted.
I could be wrong and the owners change their mind and decide to keep throwing money at the team every year but it will be at least another 2-3 years before we know.

11.) 15 Nov 2020 12:10:08
I don’t think I ever clearly said “You’re wrong” but if I did, I apologise.

Like I said I just don’t think we will go down that road, doesn’t mean I’m right, I just don’t think we will. But I can see, from the evidence you’ve provided why you think we would.




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10 Nov 2020 15:49:49
There's a chance but I think the results are there because we've mostly played teams we can counter. Leeds and Southampton showed we can be naive when the other team set up to block.
Top 10 should be the aim if we can maintain our levels and anything more is gravy.




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10 Oct 2020 13:16:33
Smith is still young in managerial terms but already has a lot of tactical nous which often goes unnoticed.

He's still learning at this level and I think lockdown showed his willingness to adapt.
He is still a little stubborn in his substitutions (same people at the same minute markers) but I'm excited by the prospect of team and manager growing together.
I think most of us fans agree with you and see how what was a 5 year plan has skyrocketed. We know the whole season won't be plain sailing but from top to bottom there has been considerable progress.

Investment will eventually be cut back like under the Lerner administration but the clear difference now is that we are buying into long term options rather than high wage quick fixes.




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03 Oct 2020 22:44:05
Hadn't seen that they've signed Vinicius. Not convinced King would be looking to play second fiddle for us though.




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03 Oct 2020 22:40:29
I think Spurs are favourites. They have a lot less cover in the front 3 and seem to be more desperate to push a deal.
We gave enough interchangeable options and with Smiths preference to get goals from midfield and wide I think he'll be happy keeping Keinan as back up.




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27 Sep 2020 13:31:41
Agree walkies. Our fans do forget too easily sometimes. We wouldn't be where we are if not for him.
Obviously have to replace once you have better quality but don't be a douche about it.

El ghazi should be applauded out to a new challenge. Trez can be a headless chicken sometimes but his goals kept us up so he should get the same when the time comes.





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20 Jan 2021 22:03:22
To be fair Chris, I still said its a bad decision. Devils advocate though it wasn't just a case of heading it, he still had at least 2 opportunities to kick it also.
He still had a good game, Konsa just still manages to outshine him every game.




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20 Jan 2021 21:56:50
Scot, too many times your comments make out like we should be world beaters.
We weren't at our best but to expect that from recent happenings is foolhardy. City weren't at their best either but still played like a team full of quality and we matched them for the whole game bar 2 questionable decisions.
Teams in better situations have tried playing a certain way and lost out to the better team. We played the right way and lost to debatable decisions so while not perfect we should look at the positives rather than having visions of grandeur.
Tinted glasses works both ways, you certainly have them more than those you claim to in my opinion.




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20 Jan 2021 20:46:09
Clearly got your username the wrong way around. Never Neva4Villa would be more appropriate.
When even Chris has got a positive head on you know you're a negative nelly when criticising.
Sorry Chris!




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20 Jan 2021 20:26:17
Mings getting rid takes the offside out of the equation and I have to admit I was fuming after all his good work previously. Still doesn't excuse the officials doing their usual screw villa.
Cash did everything possible to keep his hand out of the way. Natural running position and he still pulled it in further despite the fact it was near enough point blank.
All refs from the Webb era need to be gone, we need to find refs who aren't afraid to make a decision and ignore shouts from big teams. I actually thought Moss was decent for 60-70 minutes before he fell into old habits.




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20 Jan 2021 19:41:25
Barkley wasn't bad but you can tell he's been out for at least 6 weeks.
Finishing has been the only thing off from this performance so far.