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Team: Aston Villa

Where from: Wenvoe, Wales

Favourite player: Dennis Mortimer

Best team moment: 1982 European Cup

Interests: Football, Cricket, Rock Music, Guitars

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13 Jul 2021 11:24:04
There has been a recent post on Twitter that suggests Villa are interested in Aleksandr Golovin, who is currently with Monaco. As he normally plays on the left flank. Make of that what you will.

Transfer Markt lists him with a value of £25.2M. Normally, you might bargain with adding 20% onto that, but the current market in France is depressed due to C.V. and TV rights issues, so maybe a good deal might be struck?

Monaco are also carrying a very large first team squad, so a few sales might just suit them too at present.

1.) 13 Jul 2021 15:02:45
Yes AJ, I was talking with Chris about him weeks ago.
In fact it was Chris who mentioned him, he is a very good player and one who would catch the eye.

2.) 13 Jul 2021 15:45:54
Sadly I think the links are BS as I agree, he would be an excellent signing.

3.) 13 Jul 2021 19:07:03
That would be an absolute dream, close to being a wet one😂

Can’t see it happening and although I think we should be targeting a defensive midfielder, this would be brilliant business.



27 Jun 2021 09:27:33
I have read on the old Twit pages that we are looking closely at Fulham's Tosin Adarabioyo as Engel's replacement. He doesn't look a bad bet to me.



08 Oct 2020 17:11:51
Another website has suggested Lansbury might be on his way, possibly via a loan deal to a Championship club.

I have also read that if a new club cannot be found, he may be paid off in a similar severance arrangement to Jota/ Nyland.

The problem here seems to lie with the combination of Championship standard performances versus Premier League wages.

1.) 09 Oct 2020 12:21:39
Local press have suggested Villa are looking for potential exits for fringe players Guilbert, Lansbury and El Ghazi. This could be another re-hash article, but could also be seen as a catalyst for a further addition being sought from the EFL.



12 Sep 2020 15:27:24
AV News has reported we have had a £15.5M bid for Bertrand Traore rejected by Lyon.



01 Sep 2020 21:03:38
Football Insider (sometimes pulls a scoop) suggests tonight that an unnamed goalie aged 23 could be coming our way. Their assessment is he is very exciting and mention a £12M fee.

Sorry this seems rather cloak and dagger, but I haven't had chance to try and work this one out yet.

1.) 01 Sep 2020 22:50:14
Just seen that. it’s a misleading headline! The £12m 23 year-old They’re on about is Matty Cash, and it’s from an interview with Paul Robinson who also expects us to sign a goalkeeper (no sh*t! )

2.) 01 Sep 2020 23:09:46
I believe article said Villa switch sights to GK after agreeing 12M fee for 23 year old (MATTY CASH)

3.) 01 Sep 2020 23:10:13
Misleading headline. Paul Robinson expects us to sign a goalkeeper after a £12mill bid for Cash (who is 23) has supposedly been accepted.

4.) 02 Sep 2020 09:51:31
Hey guys, being watching and reading for a while now and eventually got round to creating a profile. my 2 bits on Wilson I don’t think he’s good enough, if Wesley hadn’t gotten injured last season he would of out scored him, would love eduward or Tammy but I don’t know how realistic they would b as targets, apart from those 2 I think Ollie is our best bet, Romero would b a great addition in my book, all these news now stories are so annoying.

5.) 02 Sep 2020 11:36:28
I totally agree about Wilson, anymore than 15 million, I wouldn’t touch him, much rather pay a bit more for Watkins.
Welcome on board by the way Whackattack, always nice to see new contributors.

6.) 02 Sep 2020 16:04:14
I would leave well alone Mark, not a happy bunny if it happens.
My support will still be 100%, but we must look at the bigger picture from now on, we had a very close encounter with the drop.




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14 Sep 2020 17:18:00
Football Insider has suggested Keinan Davis has been awarded with a two year contract extension.

As much as this is good news for the young striker, does it pose fresh questions over the continued services of Messrs Samatta and Hogan?

With Wesley still to return, it perhaps suggests Smith and Lange have pretty much concluded their central striker search. Some may need to scrub Edouard and Brewster off their wish lists?

1.) 14 Sep 2020 17:52:15
I posted on here a while back that I thought the best thing to do with Davis, assuming we signed a decent starting striker, would be to get him signed up and loan him out to an attacking Championship team to get him scoring and regular football. Really hope this happens as I think there is a lot of potential there, just needs a career jump start.

2.) 14 Sep 2020 18:45:10
If Keinan hadn’t been so hampered with injuries, I honestly think he would be the real deal by now.
I agree DBS, if he’s loaned out, I believe he will find that allusive goal scoring touch.
He has so many other qualities, strong ( bullies defenders), quick and great at bringing others in to play with his ability to hold the ball up.
Start finding the net Keinan and you will be one hell of a striker.

3.) 14 Sep 2020 18:46:50
I like Davis very much and think he has great hold up qualities and general ability, but on the evidence of his displays so far, he is not a striker.

4.) 14 Sep 2020 19:09:50
Mark, I think if Davis could score 10 - 15 goals a season he would demand a fee in the region of 30-35 mil, maybe more 😎.

5.) 14 Sep 2020 19:22:54
If he starts finding the net Dave, I would prefer to see him banging them in for us.

6.) 14 Sep 2020 19:27:25
Of course mate, goes without saying, I like him a lot, always have done.

7.) 14 Sep 2020 20:10:48
Keinan is well worth persevering with, even when Tammy was scoring, Keinan always looked good . Certainly stronger and brilliant at holding the ball up . I hope it’s true and we keep him . He needs to keep hisself fit and find regular games on loan . With regular football and getting scoring, I really think he could be a big bonus for us .



12 Sep 2020 21:00:58
I noticed a couple of our reported targets were not playing for their respective teams today, namely John Swift (Reading) and Jay Dasilva (Bristol City) . Read into that what you may.

The original reported plan from someone or other suggested Smith wanted a CM and a back up LB.

1.) 12 Sep 2020 21:39:41
Swift played for 78 mins today.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 21:55:04



09 Sep 2020 22:20:06
A new name has emerged tonight as another midfield option; Clement Grenier (Stade Renaiss) .

He is 29 and looks to be on the move, either to Spain or here.

It seems as though Villa are intent on bringing in an additional central midfielder, but at a relatively modest fee (Gallagher, Swift etc. ) . To be fair, there is probably a few more affordable options available in this position.

I have not seen enough of Gallagher, nor anything of the Frenchman, but think Swift looks handy and versatile.

1.) 09 Sep 2020 22:57:41
Yeah have seen that AJ, I would have thought Swift would have been the preferred option in that case, knowing the English game.
I like Swift, but this is a strange one mate.

2.) 10 Sep 2020 14:35:22
Keep on saying it, Isaac Hayden, £10M or less


3.) 10 Sep 2020 15:38:17
Think the Hayden boat has sailed, settled up North now, Bruce put a lot of trust in him.

4.) 10 Sep 2020 21:20:41
Just had a search Chris, Hayden has took on a new agent to sort out his future, his family and as I understand it he has a poorly child, are still in London, West Ham and Palace are keeping tabs on him, he’s 1 of 10 or 11 that are in the last year of their contract, although he won’t push for a move, he’s not going to sign a contract extension





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25 Jul 2021 08:51:52
It also suggests, if true, that Villa may seriously fear there is a growing possibility that they may struggle to hang on to their captain.

Although there are so many stories doing the rounds, there is enough consistent evidence to point towards various enquiries being genuinely advanced in pursuit of new attack minded players, although seemingly not for out and out strikers. At this stage, I would imagine we are only planning for a couple of deals to actually come off, but perhaps other possibilities are being exercised, just in case the JG contingency plan is needed.

The sooner we know the Captain’s plans, the better. The new season is almost upon us and we have other pressing decisions to sort out elsewhere in the squad. A big influx of new faces at this stage of pre-season is never ideal.

Unlike many supporters, who cling to the image of Jack as the messiah, I don’t see him as the only route to success, but do appreciate he has qualities that would be difficult to replace. If he were to leave, I would miss him, but not all the hype that surrounds him.



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24 Jul 2021 21:44:06
I know a lot of fans have a soft spot for Keinan. Good hold up play, strong physical presence etc.

Call me Mr Meanie, but I can’t really see what the future holds for him at Villa. Yes, a loan might raise his profile and maybe his price, but I just don’t see him breaking in to the first eleven. If Alvarez comes along or maybe Bailey, his ranking is likely to diminish further. In the long run, he may best served finding his feet in the Championship and moving on from there.



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24 Jul 2021 15:04:28
I respect the optimism in regard to a potential fee for Marv, but no one will cough up £20M. He has been seldom used by Smith and was hardly an ever-present before we bought him.

He breaks up play well, but doesn’t do a lot with the ball. If we sold him, we could really need a new no. 6 because Luiz, Sanson and McGinn don’t really do that role justice. However, Smith and Co. seem to have different ideas because they fancied Ward-Prowse, another no. 8. Maybe the thought is to go with 2 x 8 and try to adapt, although we did get overrun at times last season.

Apart from Sarr, the only other recent mention of a listed DM I can recall was Zamba Anguissa - and that trail seems to have gone dead.



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16 Jul 2021 16:18:06
Focus seems to have swayed toward the left flank.

Noticed many reporting sites have discovered the Grealish ‘secret release clause’, well possibly. Wasn’t very secret then?



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15 Jul 2021 09:37:15
He could fit very well, given his age. With Ashley Young no more than short time cover, Small could slot in nicely, more with an eye for 2022/ 23 season with the seniors perhaps.

The lad certainly looks very solid for a 16 year old, which is often a common barrier young lads have to overcome in breaking through. I can’t see that being a problem here.




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27 May 2021 23:51:52
Seem to think we could have had Buendia for a whole lot less 12 months ago.

I am not convinced Arsenal have much dosh to play with without selling players. With that in mind, an early play for Buendia will likely play to our strengths.

Smith and Purslow's recent commments seem to suggest only a few additions. It will be interesting to see if, say, Sinasalo gets a chance as no. 3 keeper or whether we go for someone like Gazzaniga.



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20 Oct 2020 01:15:46
Chukwuemeka looked alright too.



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13 Sep 2020 14:51:18
I have wondered if Smith’s past history with the Bees has actually been a disadvantage.

From memory, Maupay ended up being sold for a cheaper value than we had been quoted.



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13 Sep 2020 14:42:28
The only issue I have with whatever combination we use up front is the way the wide men are deployed. There must be more support for the central striker (presumably Watkins) than we saw last term. The wingers need to cut in when appropriate. Equally, if Grealish is playing behind, he needs to be prepared to advance beyond the front man.

A front three of Rashica - Watkins - Traore/ King looks good offensively, but I worry we could be out-muscled in midfield. I am in the minority, but feel the team is better balanced with Grealish as one of the front three, even if that is not his preferred role.

McGinn will need to get back to his best to support Luiz and the defence, particularly with two forward thinking full backs in Cash and Targett. I still think we look potentially vulnerable defensively.



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22 Aug 2020 11:51:13
I get the feeling Villa are aiming to keep all, bar the odd exceptional deal, under the £20M mark. This could be just an adjustment for the the virus impact and knowing money is tight all around or perhaps because the reported £100M kitty (reported by the Sun and repeated by many) is complete tosh.

I think the club are likely aiming for up to five additions with perhaps a budget closer to £70-75M. Of course, press reports are iffy at the best of times, but many of the £20M quoted prices seems to see the club seeking out alternatives. Perhaps a striker might be the exception.

All supposition I know, but I will be surprised if we break the £100M spending barrier this time.