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06 Jul 2020 00:46:35
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05 Jul 2020 22:48:36
I think if Smith gets sacked ill put a name out there that not many have mentioned that i would give my right arm for the legend that is Claudio Ranieri always been a fan of his i know he is 68 but this would show the intent we need and he would attract good players to our team. Thoughts?

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05 Jul 2020 23:09:36
no rather have Hoddle.

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05 Jul 2020 18:28:02
One team took their chances, the other didn't. Both goals Taylor completely lost Mane for the first, and then Salah for the second, criminal defending, lost concentration for a split second on both occasions and was punished, that's what happens at the top level.

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05 Jul 2020 18:38:43
Maybe he could have done better but expecting him to do everything is harsh. Taylor stopped several chances before that and both of those goals should have been stopped much earlier.
Reina should never have tried that lofted throw to Grealish leading to the free kick, there was no counter advantage to be gained.
Smith's major issue for me is his subs. It was difficult to drag someone off with how we performed for 60 minutes but as soon as they brought on the ringers we needed to do something.

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05 Jul 2020 18:52:25
The commitment and fight was better than it usually is, and they created a reasonable of chances. Against arguably the best team in Europe, I thought they competed well.
We’re only one point off 17th place, so there’s still hope.

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05 Jul 2020 19:05:38
That was a much better performance all round, but.
If you could not see that result coming, you are missing the big picture.
You could see the pattern of play taking that same familiar shape,
punt up, back it came.
To be honest, and no punches pulled, we don`t deserve to stay up, how many times do we want other results to go our way.
We have had chance, after chance, after chance, not good enough.

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05 Jul 2020 19:16:58
You can't play open expansive football against Liverpool, it's suicide.
We did everything but finish our chances in the first half, the support up front was exemplary. Even the start of the second half we overloaded their defence but we're wasteful.
Our problem was that we did not replace tired players sooner. Grealish was playing half injured and still had a chance.
If we could have thrown the likes of Lansbury, Hourihane, Elmo and Samatta on around 65-70 minutes we could have had a chance.

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05 Jul 2020 19:19:46
Weak team, weak substitutes, Liverpool tired us out then put quality on and we got Jota, says it all. We got what we deserved just as we have all season. How any here can see any positives is beyond me. Dave is right we do not deserve to stay up.

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05 Jul 2020 19:37:54
Lots of positives to take, can’t throw the towel in when we’re one point adrift with 5 games to play, that would be cowardly.

When was the last time Liverpool lost at home? We were always going to be on the back foot, the tactics were spot on, we had 3 or 4 brilliant breaks where we out numbered them, we just didn’t take them, the better team won on the day, simple as that.

Talks of “we don’t deserve to stay up” is just self loathing, whoever finishes outside the bottom three deserves to stay up, and whilst we still have a chance to do that, support the team. Last time we were relegated Lescott said it was a weight of their shoulders, and he was crucified, but it seems like some have adopted that attitude already.

We were much better today we just were up against the best in the world. We have been more solid since the lock down, Played 4 games in which we have played 2 top 4 teams, one being the best in the world, And then another team fighting for European places. Let’s just not have the meltdown, for once.

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05 Jul 2020 19:57:54
It’s always the same no improvement we are ok until the 70 mins+ Tottenham both Home and away arsenal the same we have had more than enough chances against these teams. I don’t want to stay up by the skin of my teeth as we did that for seasons before we went down. Go down rebuild the whole club. Some fresh English players would be a good start.

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05 Jul 2020 20:01:03
We were much better Chris and I find it hard to believe that anybody thought we would get anything from this game, given the quality of their players compared to ours. Look at the table guys, how many points have Liverpool dropped this season.
Yet for 70 minutes Liverpool didn’t look like scoring, and we probably had the better chances to take the lead.
How often this season has our defense looked vulnerable from the off this season? Yet today we did actually look reasonably comfortable against the best there is.
So I think there were positives to take from this game and if they continue to play like that we could just survive, why not? Watford and Bournemouth don’t look any better than us.
Other positives were the performances of Luiz and McGinn, who played his best game since his return and Mings was an absolute rock at the back.
So come on guys, get behind your team. UTV.

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05 Jul 2020 20:03:08
Chris, I will support my team through thick and thin mate, and self loathing is a dislike of oneself, so that`s off the mark a bit mate.
With all the chances of putting points between us, and failing to take them is not good enough, and that is my reason for saying we don`t deserve to stay up.
I like to say things as I honestly see them, that does not make you a bad supporter, I tell the truth, I was brought up that way.

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05 Jul 2020 20:35:35
Never would even hint your a bad supporter Dave, you should know that. It’s not the truth though, it’s your opinion, and fair play for sticking to it.

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05 Jul 2020 20:58:13
Sorry chris, not being pedantic mate, but we have failed to take the chance to close the gap, when other teams have lost.
That`s the truth is it not?
That`s what I am saying, its not an opinion, it happened.

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05 Jul 2020 21:08:40
Chris, Truth, Opinion, Facts, look at the table, what else is there to judge. I go for facts look at the league table.

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05 Jul 2020 21:31:56
Still 5 games to go though Scotty, I’ll take 17th at the end mate, wouldn’t you?
Despite the defeat, which let’s face it was expected, I saw a glimmer of hope today, fighting spirit and togetherness, qualities we’ve been lacking for most of the season.

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05 Jul 2020 21:52:42
Hi Mark, I like your optimism mate, and 17th would be brilliant.
Today granted was a far better overall performance, and yet we failed to score again, we have to be realistic Mark, try this.
Out of our remaining 5 fixtures who do you really see us beating, don`t` let your heart rule your judgement.
Nobody has answered this question yet.

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05 Jul 2020 22:16:07
Palace, Everton and Arsenal don’t really have a lot to play for and I think West Ham will be safe by the time we get to play them.
If we show the same level of fight and togetherness those games are winnable.
Yes, they need to start taking their chances but I think the goals will come. I also think Deano should give Louie Barry a chance if Davis and Samatta can’t find the back of the net maybe he could, well worth a try I think. He’s scored goals at every level he’s played at who’s to say he can’t do it at this level. Deano won’t know for sure until he gives him a chance.

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05 Jul 2020 22:30:43
Your right Dave, we keep missing the chances to close the distance, that wasn’t what I was disputing. “We don’t deserve to stay up” is an opinion though, not a fact, that can’t be determined at this point in the season when we are 1 point a drift from equally hopeless teams with 5 games to play. Do I think we’ll stay up? No, to be honest, do I think we still have a chance, yes, it isn’t over till the fat lady sings, stranger things have happened.

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05 Jul 2020 22:31:37
I see your thinking Mark, the problem with that is teams don`t let you win just because they have nothing to play for.
So you honestly think we are going to win 4 games out of the five.
Ok hope you are right, now is that your head or heart Mark.
We have been banging on about Barry for a few weeks now, its not going to happen until all is lost mate.

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05 Jul 2020 22:44:51
No Dave, they won’t just let us win, but you would think teams in those mid-table positions would have one eye on finishing the season intact and therefore starting next season fully fit. Why risk playing with maximum intensity for nothing.
By contrast we have everything to play for and today the players showed what I was hoping to see before now, FIGHT and it may, or it may not make all the difference, let’s hope it’s the former.

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05 Jul 2020 22:53:35
Come on guys get real, ten consecutive games without a win, are you really expecting a couple of wins out of the remaining five games. Let's just look at facts.

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05 Jul 2020 23:06:31
Ok Mark, fingers crossed mate, a point would of been nice today.

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05 Jul 2020 14:11:36
Who's ready for a thrashing no fight and no passion, oh and maybe a new hair cut from our captain.

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05 Jul 2020 15:29:47
Nothing like good old fashioned support! That’s the spirit.

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05 Jul 2020 15:34:18
Nice to see nylan not starting thank god, blokes a donkey.

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05 Jul 2020 17:19:38
I’ve supported in other ways like giving my hard earned cash and getting nothing back, thankyou very much!

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05 Jul 2020 17:21:03
Support your team simple as I personally cannot stand anybody who slabs of their suposed team they say they support.

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05 Jul 2020 17:32:00
Villadaz do I not support the team I am allowed to be critical! I wish I didn’t have to be but I do and you are telling me it’s all smiles and laugh from you about the villa daz?

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05 Jul 2020 17:47:03
You do nothing but critize I bet if you won a million pounds you'd moan that it wasnt 2 million.

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05 Jul 2020 18:02:06
Nobody expects us to beat Liverpool but fans of Brighton, Norwich, Sheffield United go into these games cheering for their team to give it their best shot. You know, real fans.

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05 Jul 2020 18:26:12
You slagged them before a ball was kicked, doesn’t matter how much you pay to watch them, that’s not support.

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05 Jul 2020 13:51:12
Current bottom four have played sixteen games since the restart and have not won a single game between them, its no wonder the teams are where they are it's fully deserved. One of the four is going to escape, with Norwich almost certain for the drop and goal difference probably will come in to play yesterday's results have helped us provided we don't get a bashing today our goal diffence now is not too bad compared to Watford and Bournemouth. So it is still in our own hands to survive, we have to accept that we are not going to get anything today but a good performance could boost confidence for the remaining games. So Deano and the boys show some fight and nouse and restore a bit of pride, to what has been a disappointing season and not much improvement after the restart.

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05 Jul 2020 17:26:05
Decent enough first half and if Davis gambled on one we could be ahead. Not sure why he keeps dropping off in the box. Let the midfielder occupy the penalty spot area.

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03 Jul 2020 13:40:54
Alright lads united fan here.

You must of seen reports that Grealish to MU is a done deal (I highly doubt that is the case)

Just thought I’d ask your opinion on him. I like him but I don’t see him half as much as you lot.

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03 Jul 2020 15:16:23
He’s a quality midfielder who should not only be in the England squad but the team itself his ability to glide past people and manipulate the ball is second to none I may be biased but he is right up there amongst the best midfielders in the country and I believe he will thrive with better players around him. My query as far as Utd are concerned is where do you play him now you have Fernandes and Pogba operating in central midfield whilst Jack can play wide left I don’t believe he is nearly as effective there as he is in the middle and I don’t believe he will want to operate as a squad player Nor will Utd particularly given the asking price will be £70 to 80 million.

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03 Jul 2020 15:17:27
Hi Dave, this is my honest opinion, many will disagree with me.
He is very good when he is at the races, that unfortunately is not always the case with our Jack.
For me he spends too much time on the ball, rather than doing something with it, and is always looking for that extra pass.
I would like to see more attempts at goal from him, he fails to see a strike opportunity, because he is looking at his feet all the time.

We do love him down here, after all he is a Villa lad, through and through, and most think he is a great player, like I say he is very good when on his game.

Having said all that, I would sell him in the blink of an eye.

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03 Jul 2020 17:28:28
Dave I do get what you mean particularly the bit about always looking at his feet but I think he often tries to do too much because he has little faith in what is in and around him which is why I think he will develop more quickly in a side with better players in it sadly that won’t be with us but if we get £70 to £80 million I am with you I would definitely sell.

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03 Jul 2020 18:21:20
John, I don`t disagree mate, I am sure he will improve in a better side, but who knows it could work the other way, he might even look very ordinary with better players around him.

That`s how I see Grealish, I always have done, yes he is a good player, and yes he can glide past players, but for me he lacks several qualities that would make him a great player.

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03 Jul 2020 19:28:24
best player we have had since Cowans would walk in any top 6 side, with better players will get better, no midfielder like him, glides past players.

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03 Jul 2020 19:50:55
villajk, you are making statements that are unfounded mate, how do you know he would walk into any top 6 side, and that there is no other midfielder like him.
I have been answering a question, for another fan, and I have told him what I honestly think of Grealish.

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03 Jul 2020 20:23:00
Villajohn while I think Jack is a quality player I don’t think he would be an automatic starter at Man City, Liverpool, or for that matter Chelsea as each of those sides have quality creative players in the “Jack” role. I would also question whether he is our best player since Sid I think Mc Garth fits that bill in fact I could even argue the best player in my lifetime.

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03 Jul 2020 20:44:26
Dave, without sounding too patronising I respect much of what you say, fair honest reasonable, however where Jack is concerned I think you have a problem, my guess is you expect far more of him than is fair based on what he had around him. To the man u fan, yes he is an unknown quantity at the top level, however look at what he can do in a very poor side. Last season we would not have been promoted without him, he is an exceptional talent who holds the ball up better than most in the premier league. If he joins you at man u I don't think you will be disappointed.

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03 Jul 2020 21:56:02
Scotty, you are correct mate, yes I do have a problem with Jack.
I don`t expect any more from him, he does a lot for the team.
But there are a couple of things I expect different from Jack, one is that he releases the ball sooner, he holds it too long at times and any gaps have closed, its that extra pass he is looking for.
And the other, is that he should have more attempts at goal, when gaps appear, and they do appear, no question.
I don`t think that is expecting far too much of him, both of those qualities would surely improve him as a player.

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03 Jul 2020 21:59:56
I think Jack trying to put himself in that bracket of players leads him to trying too hard to find the 'perfect' option even when it's not on. His shooting also suffers from similar issues when he tries so hard to find the corner that there's no pace on the shot.
Obviously it helps when teammates actually make those runs but sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate. Eventually teammates will know where you want to play it.
Jack's biggest strength is playing in tight gaps, winning set pieces and dragging the team forward.

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04 Jul 2020 08:39:31
You're joking, lads. Man Utd-fan, I advise you lot to stay far away from Grealish, as he would only serve to be a flop for your club, it's a real honest opinion. Most Aston Villa-fans here are. I would say the most deluded ones, and I feel they do are like that with intent.

Why would Manchester United sign Grealish in the first place anyways? He isn't like Ronaldo or Messi.
Man Utd are playing a psychological game here. It's all a hoax, of course.

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04 Jul 2020 08:57:51
No "big" club would want to sign Grealish, get real.

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04 Jul 2020 08:31:43
He is an exceptionally gifted player and I’m sure he will only get better, for example Dave has highlighted some of things he could improve on . With better coaching and equally gifted players around him, I have no doubt he will become the finished article.
He’s already knocking on the door of the England team and will I’m sure be a regular in the National side before very long.
80 million is a lot of money but it wouldn’t surprise me if his suitors, whoever they may be, end up having a player worth we’ll in excess of that within a few years time.

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04 Jul 2020 15:05:31
His natural talent is incredible, his thinking of the game imo is poor, I’ve made this point many times he’s the spoilt kid in the playground and everything has to go through him. No self control off the field. Comes back to grab the ball off defenders to much so can try and take the whole team on. Doesn’t shoot enough. Head drops easy.

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04 Jul 2020 16:12:07
Hnchmch185, calling people on here deluded, is a bit off the mark mate, and shows signs of being fatuous, I will explain.
Deluded means believing something that is not true, correct.
its like believing in Pegasus, when we all know it not true, get my drift.
You are making a statement that a big club would not want Grealish, and to be honest you ain`t got a clue, have you.
Our thoughts on Grealish are peoples opinions mate, not facts.

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04 Jul 2020 16:44:00
Everyone will have an opinion on jack, mine is that he won’t perform at his best until surrounded by players on his level. At the minute he has C level players around him at best, you put Bruno Fernandes, Martial, Pogba, players from that ilk around him and he will flourish. Not many players in world football can perform at their very best ability without having similar around them. No one is saying he’s on the level of messi and Ronaldo. But look at someone like Modric at spurs then modric at Madrid, completely different players, he showed glimpses at spurs but performed at that level consistently when he was put in a team that emulated his ability.

That’s the questions for Villa, either put players of his ability around him, or sell and try to get 5 or six players not as good as Grealish but a step above what we have at the minute. Unfortunately I think it will be the latter, no one should want to see us selling our best players imo, it’s been our downfall for years.

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04 Jul 2020 19:00:03
I have not undergone a sex change chris, honest.
I am agreeing with you again, what's going on mate.
The selling bit I have to go the other way mate, I would sell, simply because we are not going to get the quality around him at Villa Park just yet.

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04 Jul 2020 23:42:16
Unfortunately I think your right re getting players of his quality in, we’ll be lucky to stay up let alone sign decent players in the summer👎.

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05 Jul 2020 13:42:51
Villadave,

I apologise I haven’t given a response to the above comments as my heads been a mess as I’ve just been given the date of my 7 yr olds heart operation which is happening this month, not something I’d share but as you felt the need to create a post on the MU page I thought I needed to explain!

Thanks to all who took time to reply to the above post. It seems jack Grealish is well thought of but also seems some wouldn’t miss him either.

What I’ve seen of him which is little compared to you lads, I like him I think he would thrive at MU he has that arrogance, I also noticed you say he’s not at his best when out wide left but I think left of a central 3 he would be great. With no disrespect to Villa (as I like your team) he’d feel less pressure at MU.

Really appreciate your responses good luck against Liverpool 👍🏻.

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02 Jul 2020 21:31:05
He should try El Ghazi upfront no else seems to know where the back of the net is and watch out for the backlash on Sunday we need to defend deep and counter attack with pace upfront.

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02 Jul 2020 15:53:20
I saw a real battling performance from West ham last night, I now think they will escape, Bournemouth look to be struggling like us, so it's two out of the three, us Watford, Bournemouth. Like many on here have said, I just hope we can go down fighting, unfortunately I haven't seen much over the last four games to inspire me. Come on Villa prove me wrong and fight till the end, so Jack, John and Tyrone, you may well be moving on to bigger things, however leave us with the memories that you gave it your best till the end and let us remember you as fighters not mercenaries.

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02 Jul 2020 17:13:56
If they was so good we wouldn't be down there.

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02 Jul 2020 20:11:18
I referred to one game and which team are you referring to, us or them, your post doesn't make sense.

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02 Jul 2020 22:27:04
You said mings jack an mcginn were moving to bigger things if they was that good we wouldn't be down there. Mings can't head a ball jack falls over any chance he gets and mcginn goes missing after 20 min.

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02 Jul 2020 23:41:11
I think Jack is 100% gone regardless of Division but where do we see Mings and McGinn going?

And who would you like to see come in if (when) relegated?

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02 Jul 2020 12:11:09
Question for all of you was the quality of football better now or the 90s i don't mean villa i mean football as a whole!

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01 Jul 2020 19:49:44
If chelsea win 5.0 villa are out bottom 3.

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01 Jul 2020 20:06:10
Come on Tammy!

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01 Jul 2020 22:22:03
5-0 a bit hopeful eh walkies😁.

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01 Jul 2020 22:26:04
Oh well thought was there we will just have to beat liverpool! UTV.

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01 Jul 2020 19:37:40
I'm going to put my neck on the line and say that we are staying up this season. Norwich, Bournemouth and West Ham are all worse than us.

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01 Jul 2020 19:46:47
Looks as if we will jump up a position today as Newcastle are thrashing Bournemouth.

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01 Jul 2020 19:56:57
Lads, 6 more points will be enough - The teams around us are very poor, Bournemouth have a horrible run in from now, that was a must win for them! Come on Chelsea!

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01 Jul 2020 20:10:01
I admire your optimism RHLT however Weest Ham have Norwich to play and that's why I think our season will hinge on a last day shoot out against the hammers and if I am honest I can’t see us winning at the London Stadium.

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