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Where from: Lichfield

Favourite player: Paul McGrath

Best team moment: Peter Withe goal European cup final 1982

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19 May 2022 22:08:52
It seems to me it's a big summer for us not only in terms of incomings and outgoings but in how we play, we are far to pedestrian particularly transitioning from back to front. Burnley were quite happy to let us have the ball in front of there back four and wait us to play through them and despite the supposed creativity we had on the pitch we didn't have the guile to break them down. When we get the ball we often get to the final third quickly enough but once there we inevitably slow it down as if we are not sure what to do allowing the oppositions back four to reset this needs to change and quickly otherwise we are going to struggle next season.

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1.) 21 May 2022 21:27:10
The part I couldn't understand, was why with the size of their defence plus a 6f6inch goalie,we kept putting those high balls into their box .



18 Mar 2022 10:50:00
I see Brighton are being linked with a summer move for Danny Ings. Ings to Brighton plus a little cash for Bissouma anyone?

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1.) 19 Mar 2022 15:37:37
Sounds like something that could happen



24 Feb 2022 15:49:29
We have all been crying out for a defensive midfielder for some time but I think we recognise that we need a top quality striker who is up to getting 15 to 20 goals in the premiership. That being the case who would you like to see coming in and let's identify genuine possibilities rather than flights of fancy like Haaland for example.

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31 Jan 2022 09:09:09
Rumour has it we have lodged a bid with Bologna for Hickey I wonder if that means Targett is off to Newcastle?

Lord of the Ings

1.) 31 Jan 2022 13:49:20
I think he is leaving even if we don’t get a replacement Ings.

2.) 31 Jan 2022 17:30:23
I said this would happen several weeks ago. Despite the moaning on this site and others, Targett is nowhere near the worst left back in the Premier League hence he's likely to be off for some regular first-team football. Admittedly Digne is better, but Targett is too good to be a second-fiddle bench-warmer in my opinion



12 Jan 2022 13:39:43
Interesting snippet on TalkSPORT this lunchtime, apparently Carney Chukwuemeka will not sign a new contract and will either leave when his contract expires, or he will be sold. He was apparently a little disillusioned by his lack of game time under Smith, and that hasn't improved under Gerrard and the signing of Coutinho has made matters worse and so according to reports he's off.

Lord of the Ings

1.) 13 Jan 2022 00:59:01
So two managers are of the same opinion. Off you go then. Patience always pays off but apparently not for this generation - I want it all now or all my toys are straight out of the pram

2.) 13 Jan 2022 10:03:28
Sounds more like agent looking for a payout .Most of these problems,usually have an agent at the bottom of it .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever

3.) 13 Jan 2022 13:46:56
I hear what you say re patience however if you take Liverpool as an example they only play the likes of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott occasionally and yet you don’t find these guys agitating for a move, so what’s different with us? Whenever Chukwuemeka comes on and it is very rarely he seems really comfortable at premiership level so I am not sure why he isn’t getting more opportunities if he goes I think he will be a real loss

{Ed001's Note - Jones and Elliott have been regulars when not injured mate.}




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17 May 2022 14:56:56
Anyone fancy either Richarlison or Bale?

Lord of the Ings

1.) 17 May 2022 15:49:30
Nope, bale past his best and richarlison is a dispicable human being.

2.) 17 May 2022 17:39:38
I think Richarlison is a half brother of Zaha, Bale just wants to play golf not football, (except for Wales)



10 May 2022 20:48:18
Decent game being spoiled by an incompetent referee thank god Jon miss retires at the end of the season

Lord of the Ings

1.) 10 May 2022 22:02:21
Only way we got decisions was if it was in front of the assistants. Blatant top 4 bias again.
Felt there was some coy attempt by Stevie G though replacing Nakamba with Carney when Chambers was available. They coincidentally get straight through us shortly afterwards.

2.) 10 May 2022 22:33:50
Ref was terrible for sure but to be expected we get no favours against the top teams.
Disappointed with Chuck I thought he looked lazy and disinterested in fighting for it, we were very unlucky with a few heavy touches in the box I thought Danny deserved a goal tonight but himself and Ollie really look like they are improving as a partnership, I’d like to see Buendia starting behind them instead of couthinho for the next 2 games.

3.) 10 May 2022 22:47:57
At least we had a go but I think you can see where our issues lie, I have been a supporter of Konsa and Mings but Konsa is a shadow of the player he was 12 months ago when he would stay on his feet usher strikers out wide and prevent them from getting a shot off or bringing others into the game, now he seems to commit himself when often he has no chance of getting the ball or when players are wide and going nowhere needlessly concedes a foul which puts the back line under unnecessary pressure. Mings tries long cross field balls which rarely find there target and concedes possession. Nakamba is great at breaking play up but his distribution is shocking if we are going to play out from the back we need someone who is better in possession of the ball. Up front we need a more clinical striker you do not get many chances in the premier league you need someone to finish what we create off. Perhaps it’s unfair to compare us with Liverpool but when you look at them they are all comfortable on the ball they move it quickly the initial thought is to move the ball forwards rather than sideways and backwards and the movement off the ball is first class, we have a long long long way to go before we can compete against this type of side.



01 May 2022 20:58:15
I was reading an article re Gerrard and how he is going to play between now and the end of the season. The theory goes he is going to play 4 3 1 2 to see over a number of games whether Watkins and Ings can work together as a pair which I think is the right thing to do to be able once and for all whether it is worth keeping Ings. However if it does work then I think Gerrard will have some interesting decisions to make, firstly playing with no out and out wide men means Cash and Digne will provide the width that being the case I think we would play with 2 defensive midfielders to protect the centre backs, leaving 1 space for either Ramsey or McGinn so the question is which? If we sign Coutinho then either he or Buendia will play the attacking midfielder role behind the two strikers, and leaves me wondering what our recruitment strategy will be in the coming window for me I thought we would be looking at additional widemen such as Saint Maximin, Sarr or Raphina to play Gerrard's favoured 4 3 3 but maybe that's not the case and we will see something different. Interesting times.

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1.) 01 May 2022 22:24:24
I'd be amazed if we don't sign 2 Midfielders Ings - We will go back in for Bissoma, 100% convinced, and we'll sign a holding midfielder which will allow McGinn to play slightly further forward. We've definitely made a play for Kamara, whether we can pull that one off is yet to be seen, massive ask given the teams he's linked with - If we can get him, Bissoma, Coutinho, a CB and a striker in this summer (big ask I know) I think we can really push on next season - Any ideas who we might target?


Cash, XXXX, Mings, Digne

McGinn, Kamara, Bissoma


XXXX, Watkins

In terms of a striker, we need somebody who can keep possession - Watkins for all his strengths is not a forward who holds the ball up particularly well so (if the intention is to play a 4,3,2,1) we need a striker with a good technical ability. We don't have a snowballs chance in hell of signing him sadly but Alexander Isak would be absolutely ideal I think.

In terms of CBs, again we need somebody with good technical ability, a progressive CB - Villa (and every club in Europe most likely) will be targeting this type of player in the summer, I'm convinced, any suggestions who we may target?

2.) 01 May 2022 23:37:02
BK for me the striker I would go all out for is Patrick Schick at Leverkusen for me he’s got everything can hold the ball up bring others into play and most importantly scores goals. In terms of midfield I have always liked Bissouma and I think he would be a quality addition, Kamara as well but like you I don’t think we have a cat in hells chance of getting him. I also like Seko Fofana an Ivory Coast international who plies his trade with Lens in Ligue1, good on the ball, good in the tackle and chips in with the odd goal and assist and wouldn’t be that expensive. The central defender is a bit of a conundrum for me I am not convinced by the little we have seen of Gomez that as of now he is any better than what we have he seems to have lost a yard of pace to me but in fairness that’s based on the little I have seen of him. We have been linked with Caleta Car at Marseille and Szalai at Fenerbache and I said at the end of the Euro,s they would be good additions for us. The other centre back I like is Akanji at Dortmund but whether we could persuade Dortmund to sell given they are losing Haaland is unlikely.

3.) 02 May 2022 08:18:11
Schick would be an excellent addition, I wonder does he fall under the same unrealistic umbrella as Iask though? I've been really impressed with Marc Guéhi this season, unlikely that Palace would sell to us but he would certainly improve our defence. Alternatively, Levi Colwill has been absolutely sensational this season for Huddersfield, again Chelsea are unlikely to let him go but could be one to keep an eye on.

It's going to be an interesting summwer, we will target a much higher calibre of player I'm sure - I just hope we are smarter than last summer and avoid the same JWP / ESR mistakes where agents play us for improved player contacts. If we can get this right and address the imbalance in the squad I'm convinced we can really push on next season.

4.) 02 May 2022 10:23:35
We might have a chance with Schick in that Leverkusen seem to operate a similar model to Dortmund in that they seem to sell one star player each summer transfer window last season it was Bailey the year before that Havertz and before that Julian Brandt also we have obviously had dealings with them before which appear to have gone well. In fairness I think it would take a mega offer maybe £60 million plus but if we want a proven goalscorer in today’s market it’s going to take that sort of money to land one.

5.) 03 May 2022 20:59:43
Hi lads
Who would you drop konsa or mings? Agreed cb must be high on the list aswell as dm

6.) 04 May 2022 09:47:51
I’d drop Konsa, mings has being better than him this season.



27 Apr 2022 22:16:58
When you look at the academy the number of kids that are developing into what seem to be at the very least decent professional footballers, you have the likes of Archer and Davis doing well in the championship. Azaz is the young player of the year in league 2 and Barry is in the goals at Swindon, add to that the likes of Chukwuemeka, O'Reilly, Chrisene, Bogarde,Feeney, Philogene-Bidace and Smith you have to wonder what the clubs plans to keep these lads happy and to continue there development of these young players.

Lord of the Ings

1.) 28 Apr 2022 16:57:31
Iroegbunam is the one I'm most excited about, he looks an absolute unit for his age, a real talent as well!



07 Apr 2022 18:07:40
I see UEFA have come out with there equivalent of FFP over a 3 year window. The amount that can be spent on transfer fees, players salaries and agents fees will be limited to 90% of revenue in year 1 80% in year 2 and 70% in year 3. I believe our revenue last year was £186 million with that as a working assumption then in year 1 we will have a maximum of £167 million to spend that being the case I don't see us landing all of those superstar names we have been linked with Phillips, Coutinho Saint Maximin and Bissouma would wipe out that sum in fees alone not to mention agents fees and salaries we may sign one or two big names but the rest of the shopping may be done in Aldi!

Lord of the Ings

1.) 08 Apr 2022 11:41:50
Loti, we have access to the best accountants in the world, the owners haven't made their billions by playing by the rules. Remember ed 002 constantly told us we were in trouble with ffp, yet our books were perfect thanks to our world class accountants. I think Gerrard will get exactly what he wants, the big question is will he get the players he wants in order for us to push on.

2.) 08 Apr 2022 14:06:05
And we'll raise extra through player sales. It's not as if we have a squad of duffers.

3.) 08 Apr 2022 14:39:26
financially we will be fine guys, it's whether we can push on from mid table mediocrity.

4.) 08 Apr 2022 14:48:43
Scot I hope you are right, the piece I heard on the radio suggested clubs are going to undergo significantly more scrutiny than they do currently and that some of the loopholes that creative accounting has enabled clubs to use to avoid previous rules have now been closed and that any attempts to avoid the new rules will be tantamount to fraud and result in clubs being referred to HMRC and we really don’t want to end up a la Portsmouth or Derby.

5.) 08 Apr 2022 16:47:21
We will be fine mate

6.) 08 Apr 2022 17:43:20
Loti, HMRC would have enough oversight from the tax returns.
Any FFP style initiative is independent of accounting authorities and a loophole in those rules does not necessarily mean any wrongdoing is committed in terms of IFRS.

7.) 09 Apr 2022 16:13:23
Anyway, we only had a net spend of about £30m this season so should be ok




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13 May 2022 16:14:49
I agree re timing the more business we can get done early the better, personally I would like to see 2 defensive midfielders through the door a centre half, cover at left back and a 15 to 20 goal a season striker.
Re Dougie I think he will be gone come the start of the new season, he prefers to play further forward than he is with us and with Buendia and Coutinho I don’t see that happening.

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13 May 2022 11:18:12
To nebuchadnezzar’s point, if I remember correctly scotty, you weren’t Buendia’s biggest fan initially.
With regard to playing Buendia/Coutinho conundrum I hope we don’t end up playing players out of position because we “need to accommodate” both in the team, now more than ever it’s a squad game and therefore you pick the best players for that position or for a particular game we don’t want to end up like England did re the Gerrard/Lampard question Managers are paid big money to make difficult calls and should do so if it’s one or the other so be it. Anyway we already have a dilemma on the Watkins/Ings front I don’t think we can afford another to be honest.

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11 May 2022 18:48:49
IWatkins is a bit of an enigma, for me works hard runs the channels well, but his first touch isn’t always great he gets bullied a bit by the best central defenders and doesn’t score enough so if someone came in with a £50 million plus bid for him I might be tempted to let him go.

With Coutinho I think it comes down to price if we can get him for £20 million then I would take him but not at £30 million plus particularly now Buendia seems to be finding his feet

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26 Mar 2022 18:49:40
Sorry Dan but I don’t want him anywhere near the team and I ain’t deluded. He might be a good player but everywhere he has been trouble seems to follow him, whether it’s him agitating for a move, his brother opening his mouth that he isn’t being played in the right position, or the agent stirring the pot we certainly don’t need that aggravation. Also I am not sure he is the type of midfielder we need, particularly if we sign Coutinho as Pogba seems to play better further forward whereas we really need a defensive midfielder. As for winning a World Cup that counts for nothing in terms of the league in which you play if it did then with world class operators like Fernandes, Ronaldo, De Gea, surely United should be winning the title.

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24 Mar 2022 17:39:37
Wouldn’t touch Pogba if he offered to play for free, whether it’s true or not too much disruption/upset surrounds him and whilst some of it is created by his agent or his brother I don’t know but it creates unnecessary headlines and dressing room disruption and that’s not something we need.

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20 May 2022 19:04:50
In fairness much as I dislike Jon Moss and would like to blame him for all Villa ills on this occasion it was John Brooks who was on VAR not Moss.

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19 May 2022 16:55:36
I thought Calvin Bassey looked useful I saw we were linked with him a few days ago and thought who is he! Just goes to show there are decent players north of the border who could probably make the transition to premiership football although I guess given our experience with John McGinn I shouldn’t be surprised

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16 May 2022 12:44:17
In terms of incomings I agree that Kamara would be a great addition, I would prefer Bissouma to Phillips, and Schick as the centre forward, I like the look of Hickey as back up for Digne as he can also play wide left if required. In terms of centre back not really a stand out option for me everybody seems to rave about Gomez and whilst he was a really good player before his injury the little we have seen of him since he doesn’t seem to be the same player but that maybe unfair given the number of games he’s played. Klopp and Gerrard seem to rate him so we need to trust the managers judgement. In terms of outgoings I think it will be really interesting to see how things develop I think Luiz will go he wants to play further forward and I can’t see that with Coutinho available. If we sign a forward then either Ings or Watkins goes not particularly fussed which and I would bring Archer into the first team squad. The question for me is what we do with McGinn if we sign 2 defensive midfielders? It wouldn’t surprise me if we got a sufficiently big bid if we let him go

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11 May 2022 13:14:55
Davedean totally agree he has gone backwards whereas before he would stay on his feet he now commits to challenges where he has little or no chance of winning the ball and needless fouls which puts our back line under pressure. I think by all accounts he was close to Smith so whether he is not responding to Gerrard’s management style I’m not sure but I can understand why Gerrard is potentially looking for 2 centre backs

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11 May 2022 07:49:04
Ed I agree to a point, I have always been a Mings supporter but I do think he is quite often made a scapegoat when things don’t go well. I accept his technique isn’t the best but I think part and parcel of the problem is he is being asked to do things that both he and the team aren’t comfortable with, so if you look at Liverpool when they play out from the back you can see all of the back four are comfortable on the ball even if they receive it in tight spaces or being pressed high, our back four are ok if they have time on the ball but when pressed all too often they don’t look comfortable and look for a killer pass that isn’t on partly because we don’t have a decent defensive midfielder who can screen the back four is comfortable in possession and can distribute the ball to someone in the same coloured shirt! I’ve also lost count of the number of times Mings of late tries long cross field passes which end up conceding possession that’s not his game he needs to stick at what he is good at. I also think for some reason this year we seem to have forgotten how to defend balls coming into the box again yesterday we had an early warning when Tsimikas crossed a ball into our box and Mane was left alone between the six yard box and the penalty spot for a free header which drifted just wide of the upright and yet we didn’t learn the lesson. The good sides play to the team’s strengths to play the way Gerrard wants us to play is going to take time and good recruitment and will in my opinion take longer than 12 to 18 months to instill into his players I just hope he is given the time.

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{Ed001's Note - I do agree he can be scapegoated, but then he should try working on learning how to hit those crossfield passes.}