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24 Nov 2020 09:13:07
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Review Of The Day 24th November 2020

24 Nov 2020 07:39:08
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 24th November 2020

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23 Nov 2020 21:24:22
Couldn't resist this: Jack Grealish a driving force both on and off the pitch. Too soon? 🤔.

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23 Nov 2020 22:06:40
52 years of driving and he has three more offences than I do.
Mine was speeding, over Hockley flyover.

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23 Nov 2020 20:27:13
Realisation is everwhere.
Mings is an icon to us but is he solid enough.
Now you know why managers et al should ignore supporters. £25m seemed a good buy but perhaps not.
Still we need a hard as nails defender who will run through a brick wall to show leadership to the team.
I would like to see Mings at left back. Not an attacking defender but a proper full back. Konsa is doing ok then another number 5 or centre half to me.
He will have to be a game reader so that he is in the right place.
In the 60's the centre half was changed into a sweeper playing along the back of a 4. He moved around the line but always ended up in the right place.
I think we need a McGrath like figure to patrol the back, then we might get a defence taht works.

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23 Nov 2020 21:27:25
Said it before &say it again, Mings big problem is he’s to casual, to laid back . He strolls round, chewing his gum, as if he’s playing in the park . When he first came, he was a no nonsense CH, no messing clear the ball . His England call up, didn’t help, he was suddenly a ball player . He needs a switch, so when it’s game day, they switch his game face on HaHa . He has to realise, what got him his England call up and stop being the big time Charlie .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

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24 Nov 2020 00:27:35
I'd be happy to see him at lb and I agree with some of the points you guys have raised, but I think in general there's a little too much negativity here about a very good player. I am also an Engels fan. I think we have a good defence. I still miss freddy and I don't understand his exclusion.

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24 Nov 2020 08:54:20
£25 million for what is now an England international, is brilliant value in today’s market.

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24 Nov 2020 08:55:26
Who would you rather have Guilbert or Cash? Or go full Southgate and play both.

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23 Nov 2020 18:30:23
If anyone is interested stoke u23 v Villa u23 is being shown live on YouTube tonight KO 7pm.

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23 Nov 2020 21:00:31
After watching the u23 game its shows we have some very good youngsters coming through. This season may be too early to start introducing them but next season, with our out of contract players sure to leave, it would be nice to see a sprinkling of them at least making the bench.

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23 Nov 2020 21:31:41
I watched it Moose, as you say some tasty footballers, amongst the team tonight . Things looking bright, if we can get some of the through .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

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23 Nov 2020 17:05:52
Great to see fans will be allowed back into grounds next week thoughts?

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23 Nov 2020 17:39:03
I'll still only go if I decide I will feel safe doing so. I'm desperate to get back but not if I catch the virus because some clowns in the crowd can't behave themselves.

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23 Nov 2020 20:11:08
Agree entirely.
There are many people who tell lies. They may have symptons but they don't tell anyone.
If these ars. les don't behave, vaccine or not, we will never get rid of the virus.
There is a group of people who think they are invincible and until a member of their family dies they will take no notice.
They walk among us in silence.
The girl in the bar, the bloke who pushes you in the supermarket, these are the guilty who should be punished for the good of all of us acting responsibly.
The goverment are pushing water uphill trying to resolve the problem. They get criticised retrospectively for what they are asking us to do to keep safe.
The quicker sense is shown the less it will cost our grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Obey for them rather than me!
Rant done.
theoldvillan.

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24 Nov 2020 08:53:31
What do you mean can’t behave themselves Dave? What are you expecting to happen?

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Liverpool v Leicester City - A Liverpool Perspective

23 Nov 2020 14:43:14
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Tactics: Part 2 - The Low Block

23 Nov 2020 07:39:07
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22 Nov 2020 17:58:04
Mings and Target are both not good enough for the 1st 11. In my opinion John Stones also thinks he’s Bobby Moore, so no to him also. We need a no nonsense centre half (Sean Teale) not sure who unless John Terry dusts off the boots.

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23 Nov 2020 15:59:02
Perhaps Mr. Lange will find us a bargain left footed central defender from the Scandinavian leagues. Someone of similar quality to Olof Melberg or Martin Laursen would do nicely Johan🙏.

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23 Nov 2020 20:18:17
Mark it would be great if Lange could find another Melberge/ Laursen, but please look for one that can use both bloody feet.
Being primarily left footed or right footed is like having having one foot nailed to the floor.
Keep a close eye on Grealish, keep him on his left foot and you nullify his effectiveness by 30% - 40%
I have said before mate, two decent sides I played for years ago, made sure you could use both feet.
I know a lot of players favour one foot, but earning the money they do, it should be mandatory to be able to use both.
Just my view on it.

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22 Nov 2020 15:22:51
Regardless of everything that has been said about yesterdays game, It has to be said defensively we are a shambles, and very naive.
Without sounding negative, we need better players on the left.
My honest opinion is that Targett and Mings are second string players.
For some reason Mings seems to think he is Bobby Moore class all of a sudden, do your job Tyrone and defend, keep it simple and the brain farts will disappear.
Targett watches the ball as if it was a soap opera, and needs to stop hesitating on the cross.
Konsa would be even better without a cavalier C/ B by his side.
I think Cash is doing very well.

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22 Nov 2020 15:55:59
With you on those points Dave, you wouldn't see it on a local park on a Sunday. I know the game has evolved but you want your defenders to be able to defend first and foremost, anything else is a bonus.

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22 Nov 2020 16:14:05
Cheers Moose, at times we seem so near, and yet in reality we are some way off.
It will come mate, but I think we need a good solid C/ B and a left sided duplicate of Cash in January.

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22 Nov 2020 16:41:49
Maybe just a commanding centre back Dave, I think Mings could take Targetts place at left back.
What about John Stones, he’s not getting a sniff at Man City, whenever the cameras pan in on him sitting it out, he always looks bored out of his skull.

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22 Nov 2020 16:42:45
Yes I've been wracking my brain trying to think of options but not really coming up with any names. Just depends how high we want to aim.
For all Mings talking during the game I'm afraid he's the biggest culprit. Being a former centre half his positional sense is sorely lacking.

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22 Nov 2020 16:48:24
Stones a good shout, obviously needs a change of scenery and regular playing time. Only downside is I believe he's right footed and may struggle on the left as I can't see him taking Konsa's place.

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22 Nov 2020 17:28:57
I am also a John Stones fan and think he would be a great signing, I also think someone like Maitland Niles to challenge Targett at left back would also be a benefit. Signing both of these players as well as strengthening the squad would I think create greater flexibility as Maitland Niles can play anywhere on the left side also another quality centre back means we could change formations much more easily for example 3 centre backs with Maitland Niles and Cash as the wingbacks. However when you consider where we are now in comparison to this time last year I can hardly believe we are having these kind of discussions as the squad has developed so much in such a relatively short space of time.

{Ed001's Note - Maitland-Niles is right sided and wants to play in central midfield.}

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22 Nov 2020 18:54:46
Cheers Ed, I must confess though that I thought Arsenal deployed him as a left back Andes a left sided midfielder last season.

{Ed001's Note - Arteta has done because he has all the footballing intelligence of Gareth Southgate. The lad is totally right-footed, wants to play in central midfield, it is his usual position, but he has mostly played at right-back.}

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22 Nov 2020 19:38:49
Ed that’s interesting just had a look at one of the Arsenal websites and apparently Maitland Niles last 3 coaches saw him as either a left or right back and although he favours a midfield role people are trying to talk him into the positional change including Southgate apparently.

{Ed001's Note - he is not a full-back, not at all, just shows how crap the last few coaches he has had are. Emery was clueless and Arteta and Southgate are worse than him.}

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22 Nov 2020 22:38:44
The amount Mings does maraud forward, along with Konsa doing it occasionally, suggests that they are instructed to do so. It’s just that Mings is more confident (god knows why) in doing so.

I have noticed however Konsa steps into midfield, usually after selling a big clearance to an opposing attacker, dragging it back and carrying it into the midfield before playing a forward ball and stepping back in. Mings does the same but doesn’t stop, he’ll play the pass and continue the run.

It certainly gives another option as the defending team all of a sudden has an extra player they need to pick up, so it drags players out and panics them. The issue is I can’t think of many points where it’s ever led to a goal, plenty of opportunities have been created from it, but as shown against Brighton, a quick turn over in possession and we’re all out of position and people trying to cover in unnatural circumstances.

Hence why I’d much prefer the way Konsa does it, step forward, pick your pass and step back.

Saying that, the choice to play such a high line was as much at fault yesterday as the defenders. A high line is fine but the whole back four in their half is stupid, and a managerial choice.

Also a bit annoyed to see cash turn his back on the second, puts his body on the line and he stops that pretty easily.

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23 Nov 2020 09:58:03
I've said for ages that Mings is over rated. My issue with targett is that he never gets close enough to his man to stop the deliveries.
I agree with the January needs but who is out there. Also I doubt Deano would replace Mings.

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23 Nov 2020 09:59:41
I got smashed last time I said it but I still believe Engels is a better 'defender' than Mings.

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23 Nov 2020 11:29:21
It might well be worth trying Engels and Konsa in the middle and shift Mings out to left back SV. I think when he played for Bournemouth it was often at left back, it could possibly suit him and Villa better.

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23 Nov 2020 12:47:47
I have a tendency to agree with you about Engels SV.
I also think Mings at L/ B would be well worth a try Mark.
I does need sorting ASAP.

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23 Nov 2020 14:41:51
For me it’s just the left foot that pips Mings over Engels. Balance is a massive thing for me.

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23 Nov 2020 14:46:19
He was a left back for Ipswich aswell.

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23 Nov 2020 17:12:38
If he doesn't pull his finger out he might find himself left back-in the dressing room. He has all the attributes to be an absolute beast and bully strikers, unfortunately they're not always apparent. He should go back to playing how he was to get his England call up, not thinking he's the reincarnation of Beckenbauer.

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23 Nov 2020 17:42:08
Come on guys don't be 'those' fickle Villa fans. Mings is a very good player. Yes he makes errors but most do. Once again we lose a game (that we should have won) and people panic. It was the attacking players who prevented us winning that game. Didn't take our chances.

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23 Nov 2020 17:49:40
He is when he sticks to doing the basics and its frustration speaking seeing him under perform when we know it's in his locker to be top drawer.

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23 Nov 2020 20:38:44
Nobody is panicking Dave, its a point being made.

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24 Nov 2020 08:52:44
Did pretty well against Aubamayang and Lacazette, not that long ago to be fair.

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Review Of The Day 22nd November 2020

22 Nov 2020 07:39:25
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