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28 Jan 2019 10:42:10
We have had a loan bid rejected for Fuchs . I thought we was trying to get the average squad age down!

I know it’s already been said but for me we should be concentrating on Rico Henry @ Brentford. Young and quick who doesn’t shy away from a tackle.

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28 Jan 2019 15:00:31
Fuchs ache!

28 Jan 2019 16:32:45
Maybe Brentford want too much money? While the owners may be willing to cover the lower FFP fines I'm sure they're not looking to push their luck.
If Fuchs on loan was a reasonable option then I'd have been happy, not past it and an upgrade on Taylor to see us through until the summer.

28 Jan 2019 23:11:30
My Mrs is an upgrade on Taylor .

27 Jan 2019 00:55:23
I still believe, with the defence sorted out, we have enough up front to get us firing again . Commanding CH, Left back and we desperately need a defensive midfielder . With Jack back and the other additions, we should the get back on track. Over the last few weeks, we have had our chance, to get back up the top.

With the league being, still quite tightly packed, I think these chances will keep happening . A lot of the teams are much alike, in as much as beating each other . We have get sorted defensively and more savvy in midfield and our attack will see us through.

We as supporters get frustrated, imagine how Deano feels. he's inherited a team off Brucie and appeared to have sorted them out, the injuries to Jack and Axel, put a stop to that . Given the chance and some of his own players in, I reckon Deano will sort it.
Onwards and Upwards Villaforever.

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27 Jan 2019 21:57:44
The irony is that we're only really being linked with forwards and a midfielder even though we're already top heavy.

22 Jan 2019 23:09:49
Come on deano where the signings, lb, cbs, rb, cdm, striker. there's players out there come on else our season is over.

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23 Jan 2019 08:43:22
It's over now as far as promotion challenge is concerned.
I said back on the 7th Jan that we appear to be slow in the transfer market and here we are 2 weeks later with nothing substantial.
Jan transfer window is worse time to rebuild though. Prices are hiked up 'cos everyone knows buyers will be desperate but that's the situation we've got ourselves in (injuries haven't helped, I understand that) .
To be honest I'd stick with what we've got, and go for it in the summer with a re-build. We need to cling on to mid table for now though.
Really don't want to overpay for mediocrity trying to chase promotion when it is highly improbable. Spending big now will hamper us in the summer too.

23 Jan 2019 23:33:41
I can understand the frustration at the lack of signings (so far) and recent performances, but to state that our promotion push is over is pessimistic to say the least. We still have one of the best squads in the division and are more than capable of going on a strong run to make the playoffs.
Let's all get behind the team on Saturday and try and kick start a late push shall we?

24 Jan 2019 18:36:27
Promotion is possible but not likely. We're too far behind. As far as one of the best squads goes. I think our league position tells us this is not the case.
We had a strong run prior to December and moved from 13th to 8th, still outside the playoffs.

24 Jan 2019 21:53:06
Spot on johnny, my sentiments exactly.

25 Jan 2019 18:03:14
League position reflects who's accumalted most points, not always who has the better squad. I and most of the managers in the championship think Villa have a very strong squad compared to most, we just aren't playing to our potential. Teams like Leeds and Norwich are over achieving and fair play to them, it's exactly what Cardiff did last year. We just need to hope Smith can get them firing.
If we win tomorrow we'll be four points off the play offs. Personally I don't see that as being too far off to mount a challenge but fair enough if you do.
My glass will remain half full and I'm looking forward to cheering on the team tomorrow.

21 Jan 2019 12:06:45
Assuming the rumour is correct, should we sell Kodjia to Angers and for what price or do we keep him as Tammy will almost certainly not be with us next season?

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21 Jan 2019 15:46:10
Yes oldvillan I think we should sell him, Kodjia does have his moments, and can at times change a game, problem is he is not a team player.
I think he is a bit erratic at times and would be a much better player if he looked up occasionally to see where he is going, and spot his team mates movements.
Sell and invest in a quality attacking midfielder, reason being we are very ordinary when Jack is out.

21 Jan 2019 17:02:24
I'd agree with the post from Villadave. Kodjia can look like a world beater at times, the trouble is that those times are far too rare. His ability to conjure something out of nothing is far outweighed by his lack of composure, the way he often delays a pass or a move breaks down because of him not being in sync with others. To be fair he has been played out of position this season though. He's still got a decent record, decent market value and certainly wish him well after helping us out, but time to move on and get a bit more value for money. easier said than done I know in January though. Same could be said of Bolasie too. must be well over £100k a week between them so let's free up some space in our squad, develop Green and get maybe another in to make a bit more of a consistent contribution.

22 Jan 2019 10:36:33
The problem now is if we do sell him we will have less than a week to replace him and could end up not bringing anyone in due the lack of time left.
With Bolasie now gone back to Everton it looks like Green will be expected to fill the gap. Maybe by shifting 70k a week off our payroll will release some money for investment. We need it!
We have got ourselves into a proper mess over the past 4 - 5 weeks, probably since the Albion game to be honest. Before that game we were looking forward to a transfer window that would enable us to push for promotion. Since then however we have conceded an average 2+ goals a game at home (not even counting the 5 we conceded to Forest! ), not won at home since we beat blues (2 months ago! ) .
We are now looking at teams below us (not above us) and the transfer window is becoming one of short term fix (again! ) to get us to the end of the season.
I'm not blaming the current management team but after the initial 'honeymoon' period we have been woeful. Grealish's absence has been a factor, probably more than anyone would have thought. Add to that Tuanzebe's injury, which has also been a factor.
Best we can hope for this season is upper mid-table.
We need some rabbits pulled out of hats over the next week or so that's for sure.

21 Jan 2019 11:18:48
I thought after about 30 minutes that Saturday was going to be a shambles but the second half showed exactly what we can do when they attempt to play. Bolasie was absolutely shocking, I can remember one ball into the channel for Tammy to chase where I thought "yea that was decent", other than that everything he did just didn't come off, and the basics like a first touch just wasn't there. Mcginn was probably the saving grace again, wished he got his head up more though, twice he carried it 30/ 40 yards steaming forward but didn't look up early enough to play a pass to the lads in front of him and it just fumbles out into nothing.

Green looked up for it off the bench, but I did always think he was better coming on than starting. The defence was a shambles again, I don't even think it's the centre halves anymore, without Tuanzebe it's left to Chester the bring the ball out, something smith has said is part of his philosophy, but Chester can't really do it, he ends up playing people into trouble, on the defensive side though him and Elphic look fine to me, it's the full backs where the problems lie, they always allow players inside instead of showing them down the line, they just look out of place.

The biggest problem to me is still that number 6 position, smith seems to like set player roles in the midfield but neither Hourihane or Bjarnson seem able to play that defensive midfielder role, Bjarnson had a pass accuracy of 55% Saturday, that's appalling for a centre mid, we are never going to win with that. I think Jedinak could do it, we didn't win a game the first season down here without Jedinak playing and that was when he was used in his rightful sitting midfielder role, he's big enough and physical enough to give us a presence, he'll protect the back 4 and we'd be conceding less, and I think he's good enough to get the ball moving! I know he's been injured for a while but when he's fit if we can't find someone in the market, he should be given a chance.

We came back from 2-0 down against the in form team in the league, let's build from this, smash Ipswich and go into the final half of the season the same way we did smiths first few games!

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20 Jan 2019 15:38:34
According to other sites Charlie Colkutt signing imminent.

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20 Jan 2019 15:42:17
Why do we want him he can't even get in Shrewsbury team.

20 Jan 2019 18:43:35
Don't ask me.
I want a miserable centre half who hates everybody, including his team mates.
Someone they have to keep locked up and starving until kick off.

19 Jan 2019 22:15:11
Putting a squad together to challenge for promotion is not an easy task for any manager, however putting a squad together when you've not even had one full transfer window is impossible.

If you don't give Smith the time to build his own team how can he possibly succeed? How is he to realise his potential when idiots call for his head before letting him build a team.

Foolish fans who expect instant results are deluded, gone are the days of being able to pump millions into the club to put a team together in less than one window.
I say, get real and give the man a chance and ignore the comments of the impatient.

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20 Jan 2019 08:10:45
Except he works as a coach, not a manager. He has openly said that while he may provide general input to what the squad requires, he doesn't like to be involved in anything further.
His only real requirement seems to be a willingness to learn and adapt which is all well and good but ability is necessary.
The problem for us is that we will be priced out of moves for genuinely good players due to being Villa which leaves us paying over the odds for average players. The majority of these players either know they are at their pinnacle with us so happy to pick up their top wages and stop trying or are using us as a stepping stone to the EPL and are arrogant and selfish.

19 Jan 2019 01:01:00
Yaya toure a free agent, wouldn't mind him till end of season.

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19 Jan 2019 09:45:59
Wouldn't say no but he wouldn't drop his wage demands anywhere near what Terry did. Minaola certainly wouldn't allow it.
He'll probably end up in China or US.

19 Jan 2019 22:29:52
What happened to wanting a young team?

21 Jan 2019 18:51:51
LMAO. yeah. get rid of bolasie on 80 k and get you're for double.

18 Jan 2019 22:19:18
Anybody else noticed that over the last 2 days the odds of Tammy joining wolves with bookies have gone from 5-1 to 5-2, and today 11-4. That's a little shocking (and worrying).

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19 Jan 2019 09:17:20
He had to be recalled by the 14th. He can’t have his loan cancelled now until end of season.

15 Jan 2019 09:05:17
Anyone know when Jack's back?

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15 Jan 2019 17:04:42
Latest reports from the club suggest he'll miss the few and aim to be back for the Sheff Utd game.

 


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