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22 Nov 2021 19:33:13
I see the silly season is approaching as we near the transfer window opening, one minute we are shopping at Aldi with the likes of Connor Goodson being linked the next minute at Marks and Spencer's with the likes of Pau Torres.

I think a lot of these rumours are lazy journalism with little if any substance behind them. One thing I do hope is we don't go back to raid Rangers I am not sure any of those linked are better than what we have currently.

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1.) 22 Nov 2021 20:14:09
Anything to do with the Bham mail on line reporting is a load of BS .I only look at then now,to see all the readers,finding different ways of telling them how rubbish they are .I thought there was a move on to stop fake journalism,
obviously doesn’t include them .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever


2.) 22 Nov 2021 21:10:21
It’s pretty pathetic seeing all the different ways they can headline the same story. if I was that bad at my job I’d find myself unemployed pretty quick, bunch of frauds.


3.) 23 Nov 2021 10:08:34
Bham Mail is not alone doing this. I have looked at the Man U and Newcastle FC local papers and they all do the same. Most annoying.


4.) 23 Nov 2021 11:44:46
Agree with everything said about lazy journalism, however there are occasionally articles with well informed journo's. I have this morning that Traore is on the way out, which is not at all surprising. On reflection our attacking purchases can't be called anything but disappointing. We must have spent close to 100 million on players that will not help us push towards a top six side. I just hope that the latest additions, Ings, Bailey and Buendia don't follow the last lot.


5.) 23 Nov 2021 12:58:45
Agree with most of this but I think it's a bit harsh suggesting the club has wasted 100m in previous seasons on signings that won't get us into the top 6 - the reality is that they probably weren't expected to get us into the top 6. The club has evolved from being a mid table championship team to finishing mid table in the prem, thanks to many of those signings. We had an old, low value, sub standard squad and required a massive overhaul. Yes, we probdbly paid over the odds at times but that's par for the course to attract better players to a newly promoted/relegation threatened team. Look back at the player turnover Man City had in the first 3/4 seasons post-takeover. Our expectations have grown now and I'm sure the club will start looking at recruiting to match the next phase of the plan, we just need to have a little perspective and let them get on with it. The difference is now we'll get decent transfer fee's for many of those that need to be moved on, rather than sending players to Australia on loan and running down contracts.


6.) 23 Nov 2021 15:27:24
My thoughts exactly DBS. Certain players may not be the level to push the top 6 but there's not many we won't get at least our money back on if we sell meaning it's not wasted.
Most of those players were also bought for £5mill-£15mill which value wise is a batch of lower to mid table level players who have all improved.
We can't call for patience on Gerrard and in the same breath slate the new signings for not being fully on the same page as their teammates yet.


 

 

21 Nov 2021 19:48:42
Some reflections on yesterday's performance. I think it was a decent start and we had some good individual performances which a number of posters have highlighted so Mings was good, Targett spent more time out wide where he should be rather than getting dragged into the middle which is what had been happening in recent weeks. It seemed to me that McGinn was operating a little further up the pitch and he seemed to benefit from that more advanced role. On the downside I think it is looking increasingly likely that Ings and Watkins are going to struggle as a front two so a decision will be required re who plays up top on there own. Buendia looks like a fish out of water at the moment and needs to be taken out of the firing line for a bit, there is a good player in there he has some neat touches and I think he will come good but at the moment his confidence is shot.
When it comes to future transfer targets I have long been an advocate of Bissouma and I thought he was class again yesterday but if we are looking for full backs to compete with Targett and Cash we could do a lot worse than looking at Cucurella and Lamptey both pacy and deliver quality crosses into the box.

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1.) 21 Nov 2021 21:09:38
I agree with most of what you have to say lord, although I don’t think Brighton will be selling us any of their players this year they are going to well, I forget his name but that guy who played against us for Southampton looked pretty good at left back he game cash a torrid time bombing forward, for me though LB is not a priority but maybe something to look at in the summer, CDM and CAM is where I’d like to spend.

I don’t think we have a chance of signing either of these but if we could buy lingard and bissouma I’d put good money on grabbing a European spot this year, once we have our full team back fit I think ings will be for the bench and I think that’s the best place for him it gives us great options mid match if we want fresh legs or change formation and go 2 up top. Ollie has to stay our #1 striker, our system works best with him up front imo


2.) 22 Nov 2021 10:55:37
The Southampton fullback was Walker Peters he’s a natural right back but has been moved across to left back since Livramento signed from Chelsea


 

 

12 Nov 2021 21:18:36
Looks like Deano is going to get the Norwich job, here's hoping he keeps them up. A good guy and I would argue a decent manager who was shabbily treated by his boyhood club.

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1.) 12 Nov 2021 23:30:23
No point harping on it mate, he wasn’t treated any different to Bruce, probably treated better, Bruce stabilised us at our lowest point. he had no problem leaving Walsall for Brentford and no problem leaving g Brentford mid season to come to us. couple of million in his pocket for his troubles, I for one wouldn’t mind being in his shoes. appreciate what he’s done for us but we move on now and wish him the best of luck. still my opinion that he was piggy backing off grealish, his stats without jack tell a sorry story, I know he got us up but he wouldn’t of done it without jack or Tammy, neither of which did he bring to the club. I do hope he gets the Norwich job it will show what he’s made of


2.) 13 Nov 2021 08:11:42
I agree with you re moving on Whack and I won’t be referring to Smith again but you won’t persuade me anything other than he was shabbily treated by the club, I also don’t agree with your point re him piggybacking off Jack, although Jack was playing under Bruce he was never given the licence to express himself as he was under Smith and I haven’t checked the stats but I am willing to bet his goals and assists ratio were far better under Smith than Bruce. Also the point about not doing it without Jack and Tammy would Liverpool have won the title without Salah and Van Dyke?


3.) 13 Nov 2021 12:44:17
Smith and Grealish clicked,Smith was good for Grealish, trusted him, made him captain gave him the freedom to play. In return Grealish put in the performances and because he was our best player kept the rest of the team behind Deano. I'd say that was a great mutually beneficial relationship. Smith also brought Mings in which was the catalyst for our rise. Bit like the Brian Clough/Peter Taylor relationship,neither were quite as good apart as they were together.


4.) 13 Nov 2021 18:30:47
Personally I think Mings is our weak link, no time for sentiment because he was in the promotion team

UTV


5.) 14 Nov 2021 11:09:31
I taught Bruce brought mings in on loan first I stand to be corrected


 

 

12 Nov 2021 19:59:18
Despite the rumours of a significant war chest being available to Gerrard in January I read an interesting article on Birmingham live from Kevin Maguire which suggests that Villa only have approximately £5 million available to spend as if they go above this figure they are likely to fall foul of FFP regs which I have to say I hadn't anticipated as being a problem as I thought FFP was not currently in effect, but if it is and Maguire is right then we may end up having to make do with what we have until the summer when the Grealish money goes through the accounts and our financial situation eases somewhat.

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1.) 13 Nov 2021 08:44:00
I can't see Gerrard coming with only 5M to spend in January, unless we have sales lined up - To be honest we don't need major surgery, a defensive midfielder is a must and (assuming there is no agreement to the contrary) that's got Kamara written all over it which I doubt would cost is the world. It'll be interesting to see, I don't really understand FFP and won't pretend to but i'm sure the club have plans in place to strengthen.


2.) 13 Nov 2021 09:16:20
We have spent about £60 million since our £100 million windfall, so I think £40 million must be available one way or another.


3.) 13 Nov 2021 14:51:29
I hope you are right, but if memory serves me right from other fractious debates we have had on this site re all things FFP, the ability to spend is in crude terms linked to turnover and sales ie when the cash flows through the accounts ( I am sure if this is wrong or too simplistic one of the Ed’s will put me right ) that being the case we won’t be able to benefit from the Grealish sale until the next summer’s transfer window, but as you say it’s difficult to imagine Gerrard coming with limited funds being available, however the one thing we want to ensure is we don’t fall foul of the rules and end up with a points deduction a la Derby.


4.) 13 Nov 2021 19:02:08
I think we were in the red before we sold grealish though, still I think the owners will back him in January as they didn’t go mad in the summer spending like other years that we had nothing coming in from sales


 

 

07 Nov 2021 22:59:40
The Danish manager Hjulmand is apparently one of the favourites to replace Smith, his international record is decent but he has the pick of Danish players to pick from so not a true reflection of his abilities in my opinion. If you look at his record when he was a club manager at Mainz it ain't great, he lasted 231 days and secured 5 wins out of 24 games is that an upgrade on Smith? I don't think so.

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1.) 08 Nov 2021 00:29:17
How about the Brentford manager as you have a lot of ex Brentford players?


2.) 08 Nov 2021 11:29:06
We have 2 ex Brentford players, hardly a lot


 

 

 

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04 Nov 2021 15:31:16
I agree DB we wrote Veretout off after a couple of games and look at him now, you have to give players time to adjust.

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27 Nov 2021 10:12:17
I guess time will tell whether this is just more lazy journalism or something more concrete lies behind these stories. Interesting to read the rumours which are circulating around us spending big on 2 potential targets in January, I think we all get the defensive midfielder most of us have been crying out for someone of that ilk for some time so I understand that, what I don’t get is the urgency for a centre back and certainly not one who would cost circa £45 million plus (Pau Torres) who whilst a decent player on the ball is not the quickest. If we buy him for that kind of money he goes straight into the first team I presume in place of Mings which I have no doubt would unsettle him and we would lose his undoubted leadership qualities and I don’t see an obvious replacement when it comes to a captain either, whereas I would rather we spend big on a left back to challenge Targett who is very much hit and miss at the moment.

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24 Nov 2021 16:33:01
Bucktooth, I would rather keep Mings I think he is a good player I know he has his detractors and he has the occasional rick in him but don’t they all? You only have to look at Harry Maguire to see that, but every player has his price as they say. If he was to go and we want a no nonsense centre half then Cooper at Leeds wouldn’t be a bad choice in my opinion.If you wanted to take a chance on an up and coming centre half, then I like the look of Rob Dickie at QPR.

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24 Nov 2021 14:11:41
I wouldn’t accept less than £60 million.

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22 Nov 2021 10:55:37
The Southampton fullback was Walker Peters he’s a natural right back but has been moved across to left back since Livramento signed from Chelsea

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13 Nov 2021 14:51:29
I hope you are right, but if memory serves me right from other fractious debates we have had on this site re all things FFP, the ability to spend is in crude terms linked to turnover and sales ie when the cash flows through the accounts ( I am sure if this is wrong or too simplistic one of the Ed’s will put me right ) that being the case we won’t be able to benefit from the Grealish sale until the next summer’s transfer window, but as you say it’s difficult to imagine Gerrard coming with limited funds being available, however the one thing we want to ensure is we don’t fall foul of the rules and end up with a points deduction a la Derby.

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