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07 May 2021 07:39:10
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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.

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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.

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

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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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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.

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

UTV.

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06 May 2021 15:48:07
🤣🤣🤣🤣👍.

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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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03 May 2021 19:12:56
It looks like bayern Munich want chuk.

{Ed002's Note - Carney Chukwuemeka (CM) Aston Villa will do all they can to keep the player amid interest from Manchester City, Juventus, Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich.}

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03 May 2021 20:02:50
I hope so Ed I'm excited about chuk.

{Ed002's Note - I understand he is very well thought of.}

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01 May 2021 12:27:51
There’s a rumour going round that we might make a move for Axel Tuanzebe, and for as little as 7 million. Personally I would snap him up for a fee as low as that. At just 23, he’s got many good years ahead of him and I think he’s capable of pushing Tyrone for a place in the team, he could also be a useful replacement right back.
Another option might be to play 3 at the back, with 2 attacking wing backs in Cash and Targett. This would do away with the need of orthodox wingers if we went 3-5-2.
I could imagine our other 3 midfielders as being Berge, Buendia and of course Jack, with Tammy and Ollie up front.
The bench wouldn’t look too shoddy either with the likes of Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Sanson and Chukwuemeka to call upon 😍.

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01 May 2021 13:56:53
Hi Mark, hope all is well, I have been really busy mate as you know, but I totally agree, he would be a welcome addition to the side.
If reports are right enjoyed his time with us before, and would have very little trouble settling in.
A good value signing all round mate.

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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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01 May 2021 15:04:59
Axel defensive mid. 🤔👍🏻

UTV.

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01 May 2021 16:35:02
Defensive midfield is a good shout Ally. Axel would fit the bill there, with his height, physique and pace.

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01 May 2021 19:41:03
I really hope there’s substance to this. Right age, good player, versatile, knows the club. Price feels about right (and good value) for a player who hardly gets any game time at Utd and who’s entering the last year of his contract.

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02 May 2021 12:04:12
If United are genuinely interested in Tom Heaton, maybe we could do a straight swap. I think that would be a fair deal and it would benefit both clubs.

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02 May 2021 19:19:35
I think that would be a great solution for both clubs Mark.
I would be very happy with that, to be fair Tommy boy is far better than a back up keeper, even at his age.

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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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27 Apr 2021 07:55:32
Dean Smith years:
1st year promotion
2nd year stay in PL
3rd year mid table in PL
Progression?
This man and his team have gave us our Villa back. Facts youngest team and one of the smallest squads in the PL. Best season in God knows how many years.3rd best defense in PL. Youth set up getting better and better. CV outbreak this season ruined momentum. All these and there are many more facts which I'm sure MOST are aware of have bode us well this season. Remeber the deadly Doug era sacking a manager for the sake of it well I'm afraid with these owners it's not going to happen we have our best manager in years and some have the audacity to question his judgement? Dean Smith along with his backroom staff for me are doing wonders so what if performances are not as good we are now in a position as a club to move to season 4 with hope and optimism with the right blend of youth and experience from this season we will move to the next level. Rwmeber the 5 year plan well we are 1 year ahead of ourselves. And just to quote the Spurs manage on Sunday" We are 5 years behind Man C" This is a Spurs side who have been in the PL for god knows how many years. Sacking ain't the answer we need to all be singing off the same hymn sheet and like someone said on here a bad apple ( Barkley) could be our downfall imagine what 500 bad apples would do. IN DEAN I TRUST.

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27 Apr 2021 08:53:28
I’m absolutely with you Daz when assessing a manager it should be over an extended period of time not 3-4 months and as you say his track record over the 2 -3 years he has been in charge is good. I agree we are ahead of schedule based on the plan developed by NSWE when they took over, and given the money I am confident based on the signings he has made up to now that future investment will be good and that we will kick on again next season. We know changing managers regularly doesn’t work we have done that often enough, we have tried putting up and coming managers in charge (Paul Lambert) and that didn’t work, let’s hold our nerve and show some confidence in one of our own. God forbid we have someone like Bruce or Mourinho in charge.

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27 Apr 2021 08:59:09
Thank you John.

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27 Apr 2021 16:42:41
Daz, you are correct in what you say, and I have a great belief that we will continue to improve.
I want Deano to succeed as much as anyone, and I will support him if I think he is doing the right things.
However having said all that, If I think players are not performing, and our form is suffering, I will say so.
Would people rather I said all was great, when in truth our results are showing that is not the case.
In my opinion team selection is showing uncertainty, and a lack of confidence in our back up.

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27 Apr 2021 17:02:34
Good posts Daz and John. I haven’t always agreed with some of Deano’s line ups, substitutions, reluctance to try some of the youngsters etc., but I wholeheartedly agree we should stick with him.
To be a top 6 side, we need to have a much stronger squad. When Deano’s got that, I have every confidence we will be.
With the current squad, I doubt there’s a manager out there who would have got us higher than a mid-table finish.

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27 Apr 2021 17:14:00
But we have Jack tho, so surely top 2 is guaranteed? 🤔😁.

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27 Apr 2021 18:21:51
In response to Dave I agree performances haven't been as good of late and yes team selection sometimes are questionable but this is why he is paid the money to do a job for us which I believe he has done so with great effort. People say why don't he play 2 up top and I believe the reason he hasn't is because all season we have had only 2 fit strikers imagine if 1 got injured that would leave us with 1 fit striker it don't take a rocket scientist to work that out mate. As for the youth playing Ramsey has come on this season and he has given some a taste of the 1st team set up. I think next season you will see a couple of our youth team getting their chance but as all managers know you can't play 2 or 3 as that would weaken the side so much. Take the Liverpool game for instance that youth team played well but faltered in the end against a side when let's face it have struggled this season. All in all I think its been a great season and here's to next season when Deano should be judged.

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27 Apr 2021 18:22:24
Hahaha Moose love it.

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27 Apr 2021 18:26:42
And to Mark i'm so glad we didn't get into Europe this season our squad is nowhere near good enough nor big enough to compete in 4 competitions. Hopefully next season we can push on that little but further and build further.

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27 Apr 2021 18:51:36
Thank you Daz, in your first two lines, you have agreed with what I am saying.
Performances haven't been as good of late, and team selection is sometimes very questionable.
Ok so change things, mix things up a bit, try something new.
So why is it different for you to say exactly the same thing mate.

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27 Apr 2021 19:25:07
Dave, please name a manager in the Premier League (or anywhere) who has majorly changed their system and selections based on a run of iffy form.
Managers have their ideas and they stick by them. We can disagree with them but other managers can't be better in that regard when they don't do it either.
Other managers may have a system which works better for certain teams, may have better training methods or get their ideas across better or the big one, just have better players who've played together for a longer period of time.

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27 Apr 2021 19:33:14
I to would like to see some of the youngsters given a chance before the seasons end to gauge progression and I guess in some ways influence the transfer targets for next season. My worry is with the likes of Elmo, Engels, Taylor, Lansbury, Hourihane, Heaton, Nakamba, Trez, and El ghazi will be moved on, we will upgrade a number of those positions, that being the case the opportunities for our youngsters will be less than it is now, and I wonder whether the plan will be to loan a significant number of them out to give them experience of league football if not then as others have said we run a real risk of losing these talented kids particularly if they see no path to first team football with Villa.

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27 Apr 2021 19:56:51
With all due respect Dave and please don't take this the wrong way there is saying it and there is repeating it over and over again. As RK has said different games different tactics players Deano has been a PL manager for 2 seasons he is growing along with the team.

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27 Apr 2021 20:09:37
Rk I can give you four instances, that contrary to what you are saying would disprove your theory.
Derby twice under Clough, and Leeds twice under Revie, system and formation changed with great results.
Players involved, Davies, Hector and O`Hare for Derby. and Giles, Gray, Yorath and Lorimer for Leeds.
So guys I will let you have your space, what's that saying again, oh yeah
"you can`t teach an old dog new tricks".
Shame really.

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27 Apr 2021 20:41:00
So 2 managers who are no longer with us? Very great managers but I was looking for something more in the now as you say he has to learn to change or be replaced by someone who will.
Klopp didn't change his tactics and Liverpool have suffered this season. People have questioned the high line and him not changing tact but is anybody questioning his managerial abilities or suggesting he is on borrowed time because of it?

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27 Apr 2021 20:52:39
Yeah Klopp never changed his tactics, that again is my point, you have to change things.
And rk, I have never said Deano needs replacing.

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27 Apr 2021 20:56:36
I wonder whether the reluctance to play a different system revolves around the protection the two defensive midfielders provide the back four, we are a lot tighter at the back than last season but that compromises our attacking capabilities, I know at first we produced some stunning results but as all premiership teams do other teams have sussed us out a little bit, that combined with Jack’s injury and Barkley to all intensive purposes going AWOL we have been left woefully short in the creativity department hence we have at times looked average at best. The more I think about it we need at least 1 quality defensive midfielder we could then play McGinn further up the pitch where, as he is for Scotland much more effective than he is for us currently I also think that would give us more options in terms of changing systems.

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27 Apr 2021 21:52:48
Brilliant assessment Daz👍.

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27 Apr 2021 22:03:16
Dave, I know you haven't said he needs replacing now but you also said he needs to change something or he would need to be.
If the players pick their form back up and we add, as expected, in the summer then would the system and other things still need to change? Smith has seen that the players can go on a good run with how it is. Ripping up the hymn sheet doesn't stop them passing to the advertising hoardings when they get a rush of blood or aren't focusing properly.
Klopp has players out injured and out of form. People suggest the high line isn't helping but a lot of people would also suggest they'd probably still ship goals regardless with the second rate defenders that are having to play.

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28 Apr 2021 17:02:05
Rk, if there are new additions in the next window, then things will probably not need changing.
Hopefully any new players we get, will be better than what we have, and be more capable of carrying out their duties.
We have got most of the juice out of what we have, and at times have been found wanting, all I am asking, is realisation that is the case.
And I reiterate I have never asked for Deano`s sacking, I have said he needs the remainder of this season, and next season, fact mate.

As far as Liverpool are concerned I will leave that to my son-in-law, he is the one who is up to speed on their problems.

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28 Apr 2021 18:32:15
I was listening to TalkSPORT this afternoon where they were getting into the Arsenal takeover and having a real go at Arteta and in essence asking for his head, what’s that got to do with us I hear you ask, well someone who apparently who follows the NFL and American sport in general said that by and large American owners are generally really reluctant to get rid of coaches/ managers rather they tend to get rid of the players that are not doing it for them. An interesting perspective I thought maybe Deano’s position isn’t as under threat as some journalists would have us believe.

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28 Apr 2021 19:39:15
That`s worth a thought John.

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28 Apr 2021 22:31:11
Wes Edens basketball team suggedt that also John, they took a young coach and focused on the money moneyball tactic with the players until it clicked. I imagine he's probably the more hands on of the owners with that experience and he's recently done an interview backing the stats based approach.

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26 Apr 2021 08:26:02
Hope your all keeping well, just back from a nice lemonade with a few brethren, and got told a few whispers emanating from the corridors of rumours, it would appear McGinn is not a happy bunny with deano due to where he is playing compared to where he was told he would play, apparently not impressed with how some other 'midfielders' are being allowed to play when clearly they don't deserve the chance, come the summer he'll weigh up his options, but deano's attitude isn't helping, I hope he stays because he's a top player, also heard Emmy is loving it with us but he is being advised that if he wants to be Argentinas' number 1 then he needs to play club european cup competition in Europe regularly, also at least 2 top prem. sides along with European sides may take a nudge in his direction, hope he stays too, other than the jack rumours it's just a case of seeing what sort of war chest we get.
Keep the faith!
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26 Apr 2021 15:27:22
Sounds plausible to me particularly when you consider he plays further forward for Scotland and he has something like 9 goals in 14 appearances. I wonder whether moving him into the Barkley role and purchasing a real ball winning defensive midfielder might be the way to go next season or maybe even 2 if Luiz moves on.

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18 Apr 2021 23:53:31
If the FA, Premier league and Uafa stick to their guns, there could be a lot of top players, looking for new clubs .

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18 Apr 2021 11:56:46
Villa are supposedly leading the race for Loftus Cheek, not sure if there’s any truth in it.
He is a quick, powerful player though who goes past players with ease, and would give our midfield a bit of height and physical presence.
I think he would be a significant upgrade on our current Chelsea player.

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18 Apr 2021 12:55:25
Been impressed with him whenever I've seen him play and certainly puts himself about a bit, unlike a certain Chelsea loanee. Offers height, physicality and skill. It's a yes for me if true 👍.

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18 Apr 2021 21:27:41
I like Loftus Cheek but apparently according to press reports he’s on £150k a week! Really. Much as I like him there is better value out there than that.
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19 Apr 2021 00:46:53
When he played for Chelsea youth, against Villa, in the French youth tournament at 17, it was reported he’d just signed a £1.7 m contract .

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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.

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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.

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09 Apr 2021 08:24:48
Rumours that owners want stevie Gerrard, what are peoples thoughts I think it would be a great appointment if true.

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09 Apr 2021 10:00:31
Er, yeah, you know like, er, la - roughly translated as - not for me Jeff. Totally fabricated BS, more chance of my dream of signing Coutinho 😁.

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09 Apr 2021 10:15:31
This strikes me as the press trying to drum up a story where in reality one doesn’t really exist. When our owners took over they were clear that we were going to have a long term plan to deliver the club success, we got promoted ahead of schedule in addition we got to a cup final, we maintained our premiership status and have kicked on from there why oh why when we are on an upward trajectory would we take the risk of changing coaches now? I could understand it if we were in free fall but we are not, don’t get me wrong I like Gerard’s approach to management but success in Scotland is very different to managing in the premiership and whilst i wouldn’t be averse to him managing our club at some point in the future that point isn’t now we should all get behind Deano.

On a separate point I see the likes of Leeds are being linked with Aguero when his contract expires, given he apparently wants to stay in the premier league what about us throwing our hat in the ring? And again before Ed 02 says he won’t sign for us and that’s more than likely true it would at least show the ambition of the club in terms of the type of signings we are competing for.

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09 Apr 2021 11:40:07
Quite stunned that there should be any talk about replacing Dean Smith whether it be with Steven Gerrard or whoever
We all know that managers have a “shelf life “ but surely Dean has done enough to improve things to warrant more loyalty
Been a Villa fan long enough to realise that constantly changing the manager very seldom has long term benefits
Naturally there will come the time when we change our manager but surely not yet
We are moving forward at present and things are looking more positive than they have for a number of years
We need to be patient and stop expecting to achieve great things overnight.

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10 Apr 2021 13:21:11
Spot on BigTone.

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11 Apr 2021 12:21:21
Although I wouldn’t mind gerrard as manager I don’t think they would sack dean to replace with gerrard. If dean were to be sacked I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t replaced with a big name established manager with experience in either the premier league or 1 of the other big leagues in Europe. I don’t think dean can take us much further but I think stick with him for at least another season unless it’s a proven upgrade.

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13 Apr 2021 01:15:41
I wouldn't take too much notice of that one to be honest and for the majority of fans I don't think it would go down to well. If Smith has a bad season and the club go backwards then it's a different tale, but for now I would suggest that it is a media generated story. UTV.

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05 May 2021 10:38:59
villajohn, I suggested Aguero a couple of weeks back and got slated that his is injury prone and isn't worth the money.

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