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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.



13 Sep 2019 06:28:05
The anti villa camp in the ref association has hit a new low. For Mike Riley to come out and say there have only been 4 mistakes with VAR and obvious errors and Jack's 'dive' to not be one of them is nothing short of scandalous.


1.) 13 Sep 2019 14:31:20
Echoed mate.

{Ed001's Note - the whole thing was a joke. There were loads of obvious ones they missed. PGMOL protecting its members rather than doing its job.}

2.) 16 Sep 2019 12:51:59
Hi Guys, the way i understand it is that VAR could not get involved in this decision as the referee had stopped play.

If he hadnt, the goal would have stood after VAR review.

I think what this shows is that play needs to be continued beyond a possible VAR intervention rather than the referee just stopping the game. However, how can this by appropriately implemented?


{Ed001's Note - they could get involved with the decision as it should have been a free kick on the edge of the box to Villa. They are making up nonsense as they go to protect the incompetence of their officials. The goal would not have stood, but you should have had a free kick or possibly a penalty, depending on where it was decided the offence took place.}

3.) 16 Sep 2019 18:04:59
Simply put, they are in a position to say 'you got it wrong' and should do. Yes, the ref was a Wally and shouldn't have whistled when he did but the VAR could at least confirm which way the infringement actually occurred ie foul or dive.
I get that they don't want to negate the position of the ref by overruling everything but if you're going to implement it, use it properly.
Get the senior refs in there who don't have the legs anymore and have them properly advise on what the call should be. 2 birds with one stone, VAR does its job and younger refs get effective on the job training.

{Ed001's Note - I have also been saying that they should get older refs in there. But one thing that made me laugh is they have Lee Probert unavailable to referee due to a bad back and they also say he is not fit enough to be in the VAR studio! Surely he could still do that?}

4.) 16 Sep 2019 19:37:41
I'd put Dermot in there, his Ref Watch feature on Sky Sports is a good read. His analysis shows that while he's sympathetic to what the ref can see in real time he will still call them out on it.

{Ed001's Note - any of the retired ones. They might have missed things on the pitch, but that is in real time, with a video to watch they should be able to spot things.}



05 Jul 2019 17:41:54
If the reported £15mill for Maupay is true then I'm astonished we haven't done a deal yet. We spent £22mill on a striker with half the goals in a less competitive league. The big man might work out better for the system but with Maupay also being young that £15mill could be a real bargain.


1.) 05 Jul 2019 21:47:25
You may have read it wrong, we offered 15m, they want a lot lot more, according to papers, hence why we’ve walked away.

2.) 05 Jul 2019 22:53:06
The wording of reports I've seen is that we're not convinced at that price. Obviously the media pages are normally off with their valuations (Nakamba seems to have gone from £25mill to £6 mill from what I've seen) but just commenting on what they're saying.

3.) 06 Jul 2019 02:06:30
How can you say wesley hasn't done it he's scored goals in champions league and europa league so he's proven in europe.

4.) 06 Jul 2019 08:25:35
13 goals in the Jupiter League doesn't scream prolific and consistent.
Also, having scored in a competition against decent sides doesn't make you proven otherwise that Burton player who scored against City should be a PL player now.
My point isn't to drag Wesley down, he clearly has some talent and attributes the club want in the team but can we not agree that Maupays consistency at finding the net along with his ability on the counter makes him worth 15-20mill when comparing values.

5.) 06 Jul 2019 13:32:51
Not really mate i don't know what the thing is with maupay the way people go on about him is like he's messi if he was that good why haven't other big clubs put bids in apart from shef united, wesley a target man and plays in a front 2 which is probably going to happen at villa that's why were going to sign a speedie poacher fox in the box to go with him.

6.) 06 Jul 2019 13:35:25
Theres better strikers avaiable than him.

7.) 06 Jul 2019 14:51:22
He is unlikely to score 20 goals in the Prem but he's young and would be a perfect alternative to Wes. From what I've seen we have been linked with Gomez (expensive and too similar to Wesley), Austin (injury prone) and Roofe (inconsistent) . Who is realistically available that would be better and reliable? Most of the options I can think of are now injury prone has-beens.
I don't think anyone considers Maupay close to Messi but he is proven in Smith's system and has played with Jota before so will already have an understanding with him.

8.) 06 Jul 2019 16:51:42
Lookman from everton, gayle, marega from porto, moises kean from juve, leo from lille all good options.



16 Jun 2019 23:35:00
Danny Mills claiming Phillips is better than Mcginn and would replace rather than join him in the middle 3. He may cost us more but I disagree that he is better, Mcginn dropped off a little at the end of the season but there were games without Jack where it almost looked like Mcginn was the only player on the pitch he controlled them so much. I was surprised not to see him in the TOTS.


1.) 17 Jun 2019 16:32:40
Danny Mills knows jack sh.
There would be room for both McGinn and Phillips if we sign him.
I would play McGinn in a more advanced roll, where I think he does more damage anyway.
Problem solved.
I just wish these so called experts would shut up, I think Ronaldo is a better all round player than Messi, others would disagree.

2.) 17 Jun 2019 22:27:01
Phillips as the number 6 guarding the back four and starting attacks, Mcginn as the number 8 box to box midfielder and grealish as the number 10 who plays more advanced, simple really, Danny Mills is just another pundit who hasn’t got a clue and is only in the role because their a former player. Maybe I have OCD but would love it if the players shirt numbers actually represented their positions next season, the formation we play now suits the tradition squad numbers perfectly.




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10 Mar 2020 08:22:05
Regardless of the performance, how is Michael Oliver still a referee, let alone Premier League? Multiple blatant dives and he gives the free kick, worst was Ndidi diving when Luiz was barely 3 yards away.
How VAR sticks by that penalty decision is beyond beggars belief.


1.) 10 Mar 2020 12:46:38
Rk you must have been listening to old dean to much starting to sound abit like him now! The truth is the players are rubbish and don’t want to fight for the club. In the real world if you don’t give 100 percent at your job you get sacked same should be with these waste of spaces! Going down going down going down.

2.) 10 Mar 2020 20:31:02
Where did I defend the team? I was taking the performance out of it, did not suggest in the slightest we would have got anything with another ref in charge.
Can we not criticize the bloke impersonating a professional referee separately to the ones masquerading as footballers?



16 Feb 2020 09:56:42
So apparently Sunday is the only day of the week we are yet to win on this season and we'll be only the second team to ever have the full house if we fix that.
Pointless achievement it may be but hopefully can use that as extra incentive.


1.) 16 Feb 2020 11:32:23
That’s an incredible statistic when you consider how many games we’ve actually won this season! 🤔.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 12:06:14
7 wins across 6 different days. To be fair, we've won more matches than Arsenal.



28 Dec 2019 18:26:39
We're back to all the trolls climbing out from under the bridge.
For peace of mind I think I'll join Flackie in the wilderness and support my club away from unconstructive hate.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 19:17:53
Can you understand us been annoyed I work my ass off in the freezing cold for minimum wage and go and watch that crap while they are all on 30k+ a week.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 19:19:53
rknewell, I have to say mate nobody on here or anywhere else for that matter is big enough or man enough, to to force me to give in and stop me from having an opinion or from making a point.
Ask yourself: if everyone had that ethic what's the point.
In my opinion your views are sensible, unbiased, and make good reading.
If you enjoyed this forum, you are the loser mate, nobody else.

3.) 28 Dec 2019 19:32:36
If that’s aimed at me I’ve been busy selling houses to Henry and whoever in Shirley. our transfer business in the summer was speculative when we should of been buying experience, if our owners have deep pockets then buying unproven players from lesser leagues than the Prem shoulda been backed up with experience. I don’t want Deano to go, I want us to stay up by the skin of out teeth if that’s what it takes, then try something different in the summer, be it a change of management or a clear out of players, short term I’d go 3-5-2 or 3-5-1-1 because our full backs can’t defend for toffee but are better going forward, a back 3 of any of the 5 centre halves we have, 1 DM + Grealish and another + 2 CFs, or El Ghazi behind a CF in a No10 role, all I can say really 🤷🏼‍♂️


4.) 28 Dec 2019 20:14:56
I think the issue is with the tactics, not the players lads - There is a side good enough to stay up there, I'm convinced - We need to move away from 4-3-3, it's not working, but will Smith? I doubt it!

5.) 28 Dec 2019 21:40:21
Thanks Dave. You are one of the handful that back up your opinion and offer something in return to a negative without just complaining.
Unfortunately whenever we go on a bad run the reasoned debates get overshadowed by the relentless lambasting from people who don't contribute any other time.
The players are lacking confidence to commit going forwards and the manager is stuck in limbo trying to patch holes rather than sticking to his guns with what was nearly but not quite working at the start of the season. Go down fighting as they say.
Currently have enough stresses between work and studying professional exams. Just feel a break from the negativity for a while is preferable at this time.
Ironically this seems to have sparked more reasoned solutions rather than complaints than I've seen for days.

6.) 29 Dec 2019 13:04:19
Thank you for your reply rk, appreciate it.
Best of luck with your exams mate, I have been there and know what it is like, Bookkeeping was my distraction.
Anyway, hope you have a rethink and look forward to having you back.
Take care mate.



08 Dec 2019 18:19:55
I wasn't expecting anything today. Anyone who was I think were dreaming of a Leicester several years ago.
I was, however, expecting more.
Previous comment about our defenders doing their job is spot on. Mings, while commendable for trying to carry on for the team actually did the opposite by staying on. Targett can attack better than Taylor for sure but did absolutely zero defensively. Konsa is the only one that kept us in the game for as long as we were and the lack of pace either side killed us.
Aimless passes all day, nobody even trying to find space. Wesley did his best but nobody got close enough to benefit from his work.
I understand Deanos reasoning for Nakamba for Trez but it was wrong. Taking Luiz off would have made more sense and then Jack and John could have played with more freedom knowing the better defensive player was behind them. As it was, we couldn't even get the ball back.
Second game in a row though that the officiating has been full on schoolboy level. The amount of times a Leicester player hit the deck from a breath of fresh air and got a free kick was ridiculous. At least the ref in the Manchester derby told United players to stop being pansies, why couldn't we get the same?


1.) 08 Dec 2019 18:50:10
Very poor Maddison is 100x the player Grealish is he has had 2 good games all season and we all think he is the best player in the world, no pace in the side to break, pace is so important in our game and we have non! El gazi is a championship player at best how he missed those chances today I will never know! Can anyone tell me the last time mcguin had a good game? I honestly can’t remember? El mohamed is a Sunday league player so poor! Honest thought is we are going down.

2.) 08 Dec 2019 19:56:07
Thanks for poisoning my post with your toxic filth.
The following run of games gives us a chance to get back up there. As long as we play more like against United and Liverpool than Leicester and Wolves then we'll be fine.
Big mistakes in judgement were made today and need to be learnt from but one performance does not equal relegation (look at Southampton) .
Whenever Jack and El Ghazi are out we clearly miss them. Maddison missed as easy a chance as El Ghazi, nobody calls him a championship player for it.
We played the match too much like a 5-a-side today when maybe we should revert to a defensive back 4 and allow the front 4/ 5 to do their business like the beginning of the season.

3.) 13 Dec 2019 16:58:04
El gazi is poor mate I don’t know how you can not see it look at the chances he has missed over the season, and Maddison can afford to miss a chance because he will create 5 more for his team mates. I say we drop Grealish and we will be better. At the moment he wants to do it all on his own it is the jack Grealish team.



04 Dec 2019 21:35:41
Personally feel we made Chelsea look better than they were in that game. Probably some tiredness from the effort against Utd but we were too scared of the ball behind and dropped off too often.
It felt at times that the only 2 people who wanted to defend properly were Nakamba and Konsa although Elmo did do better later in the second half.
All said and done we only lost 2-1 against a top side while having an off night. If we can keep going and maintain good performances against sides outside the top 6-8 then we should be fine.





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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.




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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.




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09 Mar 2020 18:20:57
As pointed out Stevens wasn't an Academy player.
During his time he had Warnock, Bertrand and Cissokho ahead of him who were better options.

When he got a run he didn't really take it and it took him 3 years in the lower leagues to build up to the player he is.
Some players just don't fit some clubs also. He has a lot less pressure on him at Sheff Utd. Lowton was ok for us but he's thriving at Burnley.
Lee Hendrie was the other way, consistent for us but couldn't get a sniff elsewhere.




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09 Mar 2020 18:14:42
We beat them last time so no reason we can't do it again with their current form.




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08 Mar 2020 21:53:37
Just realised I missed Albrighton out. That's a grand total of 3, all from before our fall from grace, Jack is the only one since then to make the grade.
Top youth sides take high levels of investment to produce 1 or 2 players capable of the step up. Chelsea and City's U23's cost more than some Championship teams.





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21 May 2020 17:21:41
Mcginn Vs Sheffield Wednesday solely because I was there but other mentions go to Cahill Vs Blues and Petrov Vs Derby.




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15 May 2020 06:36:51
Left for a short time due to the same negativity being thrown around daily from that poster with multiple accounts (ironically all left at the same time) .
Came back and then had the same issue as Dave. Talked down to and then posts which I felt were valid debates found their way into the bin.
I've also found posts paraphrased to the point that they are not remotely linked to what I was saying. This is worse than deleting and stopped me even opening this site since "my last post".
At most I may browse once a week but no desire to contribute again.




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04 May 2020 08:54:22
We should be asking the powers that be at UEFA, the FA and Premier League to openly discuss a solution for ending the season in a fair and viable way.
The preference should remain to finish the season if possible, but with no clear end in sight for the situation it is foolhardy for them to have not openly considered contingency plans.




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01 May 2020 19:19:28
Seeing the proposed masks the commentary should be "Bane plays it through to Lecter who scores. He goes over to celebrate with his teammates. Oh, oh no. We apologize for the temporary loss of picture there, having just gone ahead 1-0 they have decided to make their full compliment of substitutions"




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29 Apr 2020 23:38:30
I pop in occasionally to see if anything is going on but with all the furloughs I'm up to my eyeballs with work so trying to relax as much as possible whenever I do have 5 minutes.
Not great but thankful I'm not having to deal with health related problems as some unfortunate people here who I hope get good news soon.