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26 Jul 2021 00:30:43
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26 Jul 2021 00:20:45
I wouldn't like to see Jack go but 80 Million plus Tammy and Loftus cheek on loan for the season seems a good deal.

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Former Liverpool Managers - Part 10 - The Reluctant Hero

25 Jul 2021 07:39:26
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Former Liverpool Managers - Part 10 - The Reluctant Hero

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24 Jul 2021 20:22:03
Steven Fletcher anyone?

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24 Jul 2021 23:24:06
As a transfer? To Villa?

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25 Jul 2021 11:18:31
Would do a job for the Dingles, they could do with a striker that can head a ball…🤔

UTV.

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24 Jul 2021 16:49:42
Wes is obviously extremely stupid, not just the sending off incident, but the fact he has almost certainly played himself out of contention to feature this season. His performance at Walsall was dire, my grandson said he is like a bull in a china shop and that's exactly what it looked like, cheered on by the fans he charged about without any resemblance of a footballer. We should write of our significant losses and take the first 5million offer before the season starts. It will mean that Davis will almost certainly stay now and not be loaned out as rumoured, which in my opinion is good. Incidentally Davis looked sharp at Walsall unlike the raging bull (in a china shop) . Sooner he goes the better.

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24 Jul 2021 18:00:13
Scotty, to be honest I have never really been a fan of Wesley.
I have always wished him well, and hoped for some inspiration, and yes he is big and strong, but that is where it ends for me.
He lacks awareness, technical ability and instinct, by the way, that seemed evident to me before his injury, so nothing has changed.
So for me we need to look for another alternative, his type of player are used within a different game plan to the one we use.
To be fair to him I think its a real shame.

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24 Jul 2021 20:30:27
Dave, absolutely bang on, many, me included willed him to succeed, unfortunately as you allude to, he just hasn't got it. He should be moved on and hopefully for him he finds a level where he can compete.

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24 Jul 2021 20:57:55
Brazilian as well Scotty, yet posses no attributes associated with the brilliant South Americans.
Not sure how much we would we get for him mate.

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24 Jul 2021 21:39:23
Dave, do you remember the old days when three gold fish and a balloon was the currency, some might think that's all he's worth.

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24 Jul 2021 22:54:01
Remember it very well Scotty 😂🤣 the wife and I were talking about it Thursday, we went to Charmouth not far from where we live, and we were cracking up about the Rag and Bone man doing just that.
A Gold fish or a balloon for you junk. 😂🤣.

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24 Jul 2021 23:08:44
Guys I haven’t seen today’s game so I can’t comment other than to say to get sent off in a pre season friendly having not been on the pitch for too long is incredibly stupid, however in fairness to Wesley has he really had an opportunity to show his worth? He was starting to come into a bit of form when he got crocked and has had no game time as such since, if you wrote every player off after an indifferent first season then Matt Targett would be playing his football elsewhere but look at him now. Lest face it Wesley isn’t going to be our regular no 9 this season but I think the original plan to have him as back up, with Davis sent on loan to get some game time is sound, after all if anything happens to Watkins or Wesley we have Barry and Young as fallback options or we could include a call back clause in Davis loan deal. Let’s not write Wesley off just yet, he offers something a little different to what we have now which of itself can’t be a bad thing.

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25 Jul 2021 09:56:05
Probably the frustrations of the last 12-18 months coming to the surface. It’s still very early days since he got over that awful injury and he’s probably desperate to make up for it. I agree John he needs time to get into the groove of playing competitive football again, so come on guys give the bloke a chance. Targett and Luiz are good examples of players who took a lot more first team matches than Wesley has played up to now, to settle in. They didn’t have to get over an horrendous injury either.

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25 Jul 2021 12:11:46
Guys, understand your reluctance and on the face of it makes sense, however i'm with Dave. I have watched wes three times post injury and most games pre injury and being brutal i haven't seen any difference whatsoever. He definitely won't ever figure as a starter. Big clumsy centre forwards are a thing of the past. If Davis stays he will be the bench warming impact striker at the end of games, so there will be no place for Wes, i think it will be in everyone's interest for him to move on, probably back to Europe.
Ps Dave, Charmouth and Lyme Regis were my two favourite places growing up.

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25 Jul 2021 12:36:45
Spot on with that Scotty, I see no point keeping someone who will not figure for us on a regular basis, have some thought for the man, and let him go somewhere where he can play some football.
I would like to see some line ups from Wesley supporters, where they think he would fit in and why, and who they would sacrifice for that pleasure.

Scotty Charmouth and Lyme only only 45 mins away mate, my wife loves Charmouth, I reckon she is planning kicking me of the cliff 😂🤣.

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25 Jul 2021 13:57:29
Very dodgy on a windy day up there Dave, she would get away with it if they found you in Lyme Bay😂😂.

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25 Jul 2021 14:24:38
Dave, for me i am assuming by the time the season starts we will have two out and out wingers available that being the case if we are chasing a game I would use him in a target man type of role. At times last season teams sussed out the 4 2 3 1 we were playing and we had no plan B. Wesley is a big bustling type of forward who given his size can and should bully centre halves he has played for Brazil so he can’t be that bad. If we don’t use him as back up then who? no one seems to rate Davis although personally I do think there is a player in there waiting to emerge, I don’t think Abraham is going to come to sit on the bench, and whilst I like the look of Barry and Young I am not sure I would want to rely on them as the only striking back up for the whole season particularly if we are pushing for Europe.

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25 Jul 2021 14:43:40
John, definitely an option, however not for me though and I do agree there is a player in Davis and he would be my option at the end of a game if it needs chasing.

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25 Jul 2021 14:58:44
Yes John, you have said how we would play him, and the reason we would play him, but at the expense of who.
The Brazil thing is no indication for me mate, they have 9 outfield players who could make Bruce Forsyth look good.

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25 Jul 2021 15:03:11
No time for sentiment, loan him out, hope he scores 10+ goals wherever he”s at, hope to get half the fee or more than what we paid for him or have a recall at next transfer window if he catches fire so we can either have him back in the squad, or so we can sell him closer to what we paid for him or even for a profit, being Brazilian adds value if they’re in form. I’d be happy with Davis as a back up option as he offers something different to Ollie, and maybe Alvarez for the same reason

UTV.

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25 Jul 2021 15:21:42
Good alternative option 72.

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25 Jul 2021 20:49:43
Dave, the answer to where I would play Wes would depend on the in game situation I was faced with, but as an example, on more that one occasion last season Traore was struggling not only to hold on to the ball but to track back to support the back four, in those cases I might be tempted to move Watkins out wide right where his energy could help not only offensively but defensively and then play Wes through the middle.

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25 Jul 2021 22:03:45
John I applaud you for your loyalty, and I would never want to try and change your mind, but for me we have no place for him.
I remember him chasing a player before his injury, and the crowd went wild, why that is the normal thing to do.
Sorry John, he would need to improve tenfold fold for me, Davis is a far better player.

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25 Jul 2021 22:21:41
Dave it’s all about opinions when all is said and done but to be fair I am probably being unduly influenced by the fact that at the end of last year if I had had my way I would have got shut of Targett as I thought he was rubbish however how wrong would that have been. 😁.

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25 Jul 2021 22:41:05
Sensible debate guys and of course there are many instances of the Targetts, many of us remember angel, unfortunately Wes in my opinion is a basket case, i don't wish him anything but goodwill, however he will never figure regularly, Watkins and players of his ilk are the strikers of the modern game. Kane is arguably the best centre forward around and he is not an out to out centre forward, man city are happy to play without a number 9 because that role has dramatically changed. We all want our players and signings to work, unfortunately sometime it doesn't work and you have to accept it and cut your losses and move on.

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24 Jul 2021 16:13:23
Does anyone rate jed steer if so please tell me why and how he's awful not good enough for us need to be moved on now and I mean literally now.

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24 Jul 2021 16:49:55
Did a phenomenal job getting us promoted tbh, won us the home game against Baggies and different class in the shootout.

Adequate for a back up.

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24 Jul 2021 16:50:13
Yes, rubbish against Walsall, and worse today. We need a better backup for sure.

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24 Jul 2021 17:09:40
Chris I was waiting for someone to say this about steer. Done a good job admit but he’s not good enough and also regarding him getting us up. Go back to the 15 games he played and the shots he faced and goals conceded he is actually at fault for half of them. He’s not good enough and needs to be gone.

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24 Jul 2021 17:49:22
He’s good enough for a back up, you aren’t going to have a phenomenal keeper knowing they won’t play. Go back to the home game against baggies in the play offs, watch the saves he had to make. The one from Rodriguez is one of the best I’ve seen live.

Really a back up keeper is not where we should be focusing our attention.

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24 Jul 2021 18:02:46
With you on this Chris, he has been very good for us when we needed him to be.

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24 Jul 2021 18:25:39
Both chris and Dave the save from Jay Rod watch it clearly. Yes it’s a good save not a brilliant save. Watch the movement of the ball. The ball wasn’t going into the top corner it was bending back in towards steer which makes it much easier for him to get his hand to. Also chris watch the Gayle goal he could and should have actually saved that. He’s not good enough and as for your comment about a back up that is good just look at Heaton he was an experienced keeper and he knew when he come back from injury that he wasn’t going to play. Steer isn’t good enough. He needs to be replaced. Yeah so he done some good getting us up but he’s not good enough as a back up.

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24 Jul 2021 18:31:01
Chill your boots naysayers, it's a bloody friendly, can't read too much into these games it's purely an exercise in player fitness. As long as we've got our s##t together when the real games start is all that counts.

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24 Jul 2021 21:34:07
Moose, agree, however friendly or not Wesley has to be moved on and quick.

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25 Jul 2021 12:58:29
It was a top save Rob, any keeper who has played at any level will tell you that. In my opinion he’s more than capable as a back up and has proven it, just my opinion.

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25 Jul 2021 13:55:02
Chris I have played at a good stand level as a goal keeper it’s a good save. He is not a good back up at all but you have your opinion and I have mine and I stand by mine. To many people think cause of what he done in the championship was and is good enough for him to be there as back up but what we have coming through from the academy is better. Also I know plenty of people who are in the same thinking of me and saying he not good enough but as I said you have you opinion.

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25 Jul 2021 15:14:08
Would be boring if everyone thought the same👍.

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Bob Paisley

24 Jul 2021 10:03:38
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new manager profile about, Bob Paisley

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Former Liverpool Managers - Part 10 - The Reluctant Hero

24 Jul 2021 07:39:17
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Former Liverpool Managers - Part 10 - The Reluctant Hero

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23 Jul 2021 21:57:15
I see the Albion have lost another kid to our academy Tristan Rowe, that's the third in the past few weeks, perhaps they want to be our feeder club after all🤣🤣🤣.

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23 Jul 2021 10:16:16
The Grealish saga rumbles on and on. I read a number of interesting articles this morning and whilst some are probably from less reliable sources than others it seems we are prepared to double Jack's current salary which i think would mean he would be on a whopping £270k a week! . The mood music from the articles would suggest he wants to go to City to be coached by Pep and to be competing at the highest level, but he won't force a move because of his attachment to Villa. I wonder though whether given the rumours around the fact that we are in negotiations with Leverkusen for Bailey near a deal with Norwich over Cantwell and supposedly putting a £13.5 million bid in for Alvarez over the weekend that we are getting most of our business done prior to Jack's departure to save us being screwed over by other clubs once the deal is done. Whilst ideally I would want Jack to stay if he wants to go then I don't think the club should stand in his way given the loyalty and service he has given and whatever happens I think we will continue to flourish under the current owners, investing the money from any transfer can only strengthen the overall squad and given the talented youngsters we have coming through the future looks pretty rosy to me and it's been a while since we could say that.

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23 Jul 2021 11:01:22
Just out of curiosity, if your saying yourself that the articles are most likely unreliable, why are you reading into it?

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23 Jul 2021 11:22:14
John, the reality is nobody bar Jack, his agent and some key figures at the club know what is going to happen - No point overthinking it, I'm like all Villa fans, I want this closed out (on way or another) soon. For me, we are clearly in the market for another forward player to play with Grealish and Buendia, whether that is McNeill, Baily or Cantwell nobody knows but these links, for me, do not mean Jack is moving to City. Now if we see a 50M+ bid for a left winger on top of this, then yes we can assume the club is teeing up his replacement. Until then I'm still very much in the Grealish Stays camp, possibly niave, but I just can't see City signing Kane and Grealish as a striker has to be a priority for them this summer.

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23 Jul 2021 11:38:50
John, there is too much noise in the media (however reliable some of the stories are) for there to be nothing in Jacks potential departure. I would love Jack to stay however i believe he will eventually leave before the season starts, hope i'm wrong but its only fair to let him go if that's his wish.

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23 Jul 2021 11:50:50
Chris, whilst some are from less reliable sources that doesn’t mean all, and when you reflect on the other rumours relating to our supposed targets then when you put it all together it paints a possible scenario, I didn’t say it was right but it is interesting that just as the Jack rumours seem to be gathering pace so do the rumours linking us to a plethora of players.

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23 Jul 2021 11:56:25
Various media reports today suggest Levy has agreed to let Kane go to Citeh for £160m with wages of £400k a week. Do you think Pep would sign Jack as well? I assume the deal would not be dissimilar, but I still wrangle with the fact that he would be behind De Bruyne and Foden for the #10 shirt and wouldn't have the captaincy - presume he'd be behind both Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Kane on that one.

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23 Jul 2021 13:35:52
100% agree with that Menace - If the Kane rumour is true, and the figure is 160M then that for me rules out a move for Grealish as Villa would demand an astronomical figure as well.

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23 Jul 2021 14:14:31
I think the £160 million figure includes Kane’s salary which would obviously be spread over the length of his contract and so I agree that unless City offload some players they are unlikely to be able to spend that big again this window, but given Sterling is unsettled and supposedly interesting Real Madrid, Gabriel Jesus is interesting clubs in Italy, Laporte and Bernardo Silva apparently want assurances re the amount of game time they will get this season it would only take City to sell two or three of the above and they would have more that sufficient funds to secure Jack’s services in addition to Kane’s.

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23 Jul 2021 16:37:02
Time will tell, I wouldn’t stress over it however, you’d have thought we’d be used to this by now, he’s been sold to a top 4 team the previous three summers according to the same papers and sources your seeing these reports from now.

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23 Jul 2021 18:29:54
It's not quite that simple though John, City can't simply sell players of that calibre at the drop of a hat, especially in this market. If they are relying on selling 2 of Sterling, Jesus or Silva to fund Grealish then I'm even more confident he stays.

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23 Jul 2021 21:07:41
Hope your right BK as I would like Jack to stay particularly if we add a couple of more creative players to the squad, but that said I don’t think it’s the end of the world if he goes either.

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23 Jul 2021 22:10:19
I hope I'm right to John :-) I just think Kane is the priority for City and they may have to go BIG to get him. And by the way, Villa won't roll over for a belly rub if City coming calling either, our owners don't mess about. I'm optimistic Grealish will sign a new contract and we can all look forward to next season, fully agree though John, if that doesn't happen and he leaves Villa will survive!

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23 Jul 2021 23:17:52
Im not reading into anything until it’s announced that villa accepted an offer for him, just tabloids looking to sell papers and clicks, yes there is interest there but interest only go’s so far without a bid, I think he stays at least another year and if we don’t get Europe he go’s next year. Selling your best players and investing in new players is not a recipe for success look at Southampton and the talent they sold and where are they now.

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Bob Paisley

23 Jul 2021 10:02:33
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