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26 Jan 2021 16:46:54
Valencia looking at Marvelous Nakamba if they fail to sign Lucas Torreira.

1.) 26 Jan 2021 18:54:42
Given his performance last weekend I'd be disappointed if he did leave but then again if we got decent money it would soften the blow.
Hope he stays and shows same qualities as Saturday.



25 Sep 2020 19:47:06
Villa in talks to sign Wylan Cyprien he is an attacking midfielder who plays for Nice.

1.) 25 Sep 2020 20:08:34
Where did this come from Dave?

2.) 25 Sep 2020 20:29:32
Sky sports.

3.) 25 Sep 2020 20:33:37
Says the Birmingham Mail 🤣😂.

4.) 25 Sep 2020 20:43:06
As John said Aka, Sky mate.

5.) 25 Sep 2020 20:52:05
Villa 81 obviously Bham Mail up to their normal practice of of reporting articles from other sources. They never seem to do their investigations.

6.) 26 Sep 2020 19:48:02
Smith has denied the Cyprien bid.

Seems as if the flow of dubious stories has risen with transfer deadline day getting ever closer. I noticed the Palace chairman, Steve Parish, outed Sky the other day for a fictitious transfer story involving Brewster.



19 Sep 2020 16:40:46
Buendai, not playing, not on bench, apparently not injured.
I think its a possibility we may be sniffing around him.
Just a hunch, may be wrong.

1.) 19 Sep 2020 17:02:57
Just read he failed a late fitness test on a shin injury Dave.
Of course that’s not necessarily the true picture, so your hunch might be a good one mate.

2.) 19 Sep 2020 17:34:47
Hope you're right Dave, would be a great signing.

3.) 19 Sep 2020 18:06:32
I would like him onboard though Mark, someone else who can carry the ball, and be creative.
It would take some pressure off Jack.

4.) 19 Sep 2020 18:18:45
Yeah Moose, I think he would be a great signing mate.

5.) 19 Sep 2020 18:23:41
For sure Dave, he would be a welcome addition.
We would have 2 Emi’s then, lol, maybe we’ll get an Oscar next 😂.

6.) 19 Sep 2020 19:01:37
Just watched a video of him and besides being a good ball carrier he also has a devastating long pass.

7.) 19 Sep 2020 19:37:38
Whenever I watched Norwich last season he was quality and definitely someone we should be interested in.

8.) 19 Sep 2020 19:53:16
I have read recently that Buendia is definitely on our shortlist from one who is supposedly ITK.

If we did get him, the thought may be to utilise him in the centre just as much as the flank. In fact if he and Rashica both came in, one of the newbies or Grealish would have to sit on the bench, probably in turn.



17 Sep 2020 17:40:14
Burton Albion have signed Vassilev on a one year loan.
It should be good for him, good luck Indiana.

1.) 17 Sep 2020 18:25:08
Indie off on another quest for a Mythological artifact Dave?
Not sure he’ll find one in Burton
Hopefully he will start finding the back of the net though 😂.

2.) 17 Sep 2020 19:12:40
I’ll have you know Burton is a very nice place, home of Marstons Brewery 🍺 I live just down the road.

3.) 17 Sep 2020 19:13:31
That`s a cracker Mark, I don`t think he will ever be a prolific goal scorer, maybe a bit like a Lee Hendrie.

4.) 17 Sep 2020 19:43:37
I hope it doesn’t prove to be his Temple of doom 😂.
You’re right John the beer is definitely a plus point 👍.

5.) 17 Sep 2020 21:20:55
Should be a good move for him, he reminds me a lot of Andreas Weimenn . Busy player lots of energy and the game time at Burton, will do him good . I wouldn’t think the physical side of their game will faze him, because his time as sub, he certainly put hisself about .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

6.) 17 Sep 2020 23:33:06
Agree with others. Vassilev should benefit from competitive game time and I wish him all the best.

7.) 18 Sep 2020 14:24:29
Good move for him!

Small world Villajohn. I’m in Burton too! Well Tutbury now, but used to live in one of the new houses they built where the old Eton Park ground stood 👍🏼.

8.) 18 Sep 2020 18:00:41
Good to know Ant 👍.



16 Sep 2020 16:56:00
Apparently we are considering a move for Rico Henry.
Looking at Taylor last night, I should think so, crap.
I think a center back should also be considered in my opinion, as I am losing confidence in Mings and Hause, strolling around as if they have made the big time, wake up.

1.) 16 Sep 2020 17:56:19
Apparently Taylor's contract is up next summer so if we don't get an l/ b to back up Targett now, we'll need to in the next window. Don't now much about Henry except he's another of Deano's pets.

2.) 16 Sep 2020 19:31:55
Henry is quick and powerful. Pretty steady defensively but not afraid to get forward and join the attack.
He's been a regular 7/ 8 out of 10 in the championship. Only minor concern is the long injury layoff he had.
He's at least as good as Targett though so if the rumoured £7mill is true then it's a snip and we should jump at it.

3.) 16 Sep 2020 20:02:05
Do you see a lot of him then rk, you sound as though you are well up on him.

4.) 17 Sep 2020 11:53:22
I've caught enough glimpses over the last couple of years with games on in the background and from watching the highlights shows when we were down there. Most of the regular championship pundits always seem to make a point about his consistency also.

Probably won't be a world beater but world class left backs are almost non-existent these days and someone his level for that price is a no-brainer imo.

5.) 17 Sep 2020 17:32:07
Agree mate.




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16 Apr 2021 11:54:20
Reply to rk lower down.
I don`t think you are getting it rk.
We are not suggesting for one minute about putting 6 youngster in the side all together.
We are saying there are probably 6 players close to consideration for game minutes.
one here one there, not all at once, nobody has said that.
All Villa fans I know seem to think along the same lines, so there is some feeling behind this.

1.) 16 Apr 2021 12:18:23
Dave I agree there are more than a few that should be given a chance of game time and definitely not all at once and probably not for a full 90 minutes. I strongly think if Deano does not do it now with a free hit, he is highly unlikely to do it any time soon at the start of next season when the pressure will be on for a good start and it certainly won't be the right time to experiment with kids, especially if recent form and performances are anything to go by.

2.) 16 Apr 2021 12:31:59
No, you're not getting it.
If there are 6 players good enough to play in the prem playing together in an u23 side then that side should be doing more than they are.
1 player can't carry a whole team to the top but I'd expect over half a team of prem ready players to easily be in the top 2 or 3 of that division.
Nowhere did I suggest they should all be in a prem game at the same time.

3.) 16 Apr 2021 13:40:42
I don’t think it would be a melting pot of expectation between now and the end of the season though.
I see your point regarding a mixed season in the u23 league rk, but even if there are 4 or 5 outstanding players if the rest aren’t up to scratch, that will be reflected in the results and league position. There are 5 players, Barry, Chukwuemeka, Ramsey (A), Philogene Bidace and Hayden, who have been consistently outstanding throughout this season. They haven’t always been available as a group for the matches though, which will have an influence on the results.
By all accounts the Leeds team which sits on top of the table has much greater strength in depth and isn’t necessarily a team containing outstanding individuals.
It will certainly be interesting tonight when our lads face Leeds as all 5 mentioned above should be available to play.
It may well be the case that all 5 aren’t ready for regular first team exposure, but one or two of them might be.
There really is only one way to find out and that’s to give them the opportunity. Europe hopes have been extinguished, risk of relegation is no longer an issue, and there are no supporters to express their displeasure, therefore the pressure is as minimal as it’s going to get.
If ever there was a good time to give them their baptisms it’s surely now.
Other clubs would also be very interested to see how they fare, and not only would it give them ideal preparation for loan deals next season, but it could mean they’re loaned out to better clubs. It would put them in the shop window if you like.
I have to say this topic has generated a lot of debate and opinion appears to be very much divided. No doubt the debate will continue after tonight’s game against Leeds.

4.) 16 Apr 2021 14:21:03
That's my point mark. Either we're overegging too many players instead of focusing on one or 2 or they are all nearly but not quite there and need that little more time to grow (which is where BK and I are coming from) .
You've given 5 but I've also seen Kessler and Bridge pushed for bench places a lot making 7 not counting Rowe or Revan who are fairly decent also. I'd say 7 should consistently carry those who are off it if they are Prem level.
We also have Swinkels and Chrisene (Chrisene even had first team minutes at Exeter) who were touted as the best of young players around and they barely start for the 18s.
Nobody in the other teams above us is getting exposure at their clubs and there's another whole division above that.
They are good players and should be pushed to make the step up but there's evidence from results and the coaching staff that the time is not yet right at least for most of them.

5.) 16 Apr 2021 14:46:23
Kessler is Hayden mate.
Not sure Bridge is quite in that category either from what I’ve seen and read. No, I think there are currently 5 genuine candidates for exposure.
Obviously not all at once and perhaps for 15 to 20 minutes maximum for the time being, as Dave, Scotty, Moose and others have also suggested.
I think it would be fair to give them an opportunity now, just to try and judge if any of them could step up to the plate in the very near future.

6.) 16 Apr 2021 15:26:09
rk, do you realise Mark and myself agree on this topic.
Your agreeing with Mark, yet disagreeing with me, don`t get it.

Scotty, cheers mate, I have assessed our stand on this, and I have
come to the conclusion that we the fans who pay, should accept playing standards, leave youngsters to stagnate in the academies, and leave them to wonder when their chance will come, if at all.
So what is progress: The concept of progress implies directional change toward a better state or condition.
That is enough for me.

7.) 16 Apr 2021 16:04:15
Where did I agree with Mark? You're making a bad habit of not actually reading what has been written and making an argument out of what you've made up in your own head.
"That's my point" followed up by further explanation is just reiterating where I'm coming from, it's not an agreement.
While we are all realists about our European chances the club aren't going to treat it as nothing to play for while we're still close mathematically. They'll know that an unlikely run like the start of the season could get us there so until its out of reach they won't drastically move off course.

8.) 16 Apr 2021 16:41:15
Great debate lads - Have to align with RK here, I don't think the rest of the season is a free hit for Villa and I will be seriously annoyed if the players view it as such. Like we can't criticise Barkley or another player for strolling around the pitch on one hand and then call for the under 18s to play because we are on the beach and nothing to play for with the other.

My key takeaway from this conversation is we have a hugely exciting academy and our fans are desperate to see them develop and progress into the first team. What we disagree on is how that should happen? For me we have the foundations of a really good team coming through the ranks, there is absolutely no harm in them being nurtured for a few more seasons, Villa will only benefit from this patience and we could see the likes of Kessler, Barry, Ramsey, Chukwuemeka etc all coming through at the same in a few years time.

9.) 16 Apr 2021 18:08:11
BK Nurtued for a few more seasons, means not given a chance, why, because we will spend tens of millions on so called proven players and when you do this the manager is boxed in to a corner to play them at the exclusion of young unproven talent. When we talk of a free hit, it is giving young talent the opportunity to show what they have without promotion or relegation pressure. I just wonder what would have happened if Rooney, Bellingham, Owen, Foden and as far back as Trevor Francis would have had to wait and see and nurture them and miss out on the natural talent, exuberance of youth. Don't try anything and you will get nothing to measure success from.

10.) 16 Apr 2021 18:50:21
Absolutely Scotty, bang on mate, I am struggling to understand the logic behind this "lets wait and see" mentality.
Like I have said, I am glad its not my son playing under such a restricted system.

11.) 16 Apr 2021 19:02:27
It's "not wait and see" Dave, it's being strategic and integrating our youth when they are ready (see Jacob Ramsey, 19). The players we are taking about are Barry (17), Ramsey (18), Chukwuemeka (17) and Kessler (18) and they are kids, I don't get the logic behind pushing them to the first team when they are playing weekly for our U23s and will most likely get a loan next season.


12.) 16 Apr 2021 19:07:45
Cafu, I get that there are examples of where young players were drafted into the first team and flourished but for every Rooney there is 50 young players who don't make the grade and their career fizzles out - Bypassing the U23s and potential loan moves may not have the desired effect, I'd rather be patient ensure they are drafted into the first team only when 100% ready then roll the dice and promote them now.

13.) 16 Apr 2021 19:16:47
Great debate fellas as always. I definitely think blooding the youngsters is the way to go but I would like to see maybe two or three given some minutes before the end of the season and for me the three would be Barry, Chukwumeka and Philogene-Bidace With regards to the remainder of the youngsters I think we should look to loan them out to lower league clubs like Walsall for example and see how they progress, because if as is being suggested we spend big again in the summer transfer window then the likelihood is the kids won’t get anywhere near the first team next season and for me playing lower league football has got to be a better finishing school for young footballers than U23 football.

14.) 16 Apr 2021 19:18:10
I'm personally not suggesting many years, just that they need to show a level that proves they are ready either by doing more where they are or doing it elsewhere temporarily.
If it was just a focus on a single player like Barry then I'd be all for it during games that are already won or lost but there's currently no evidence other than highlight reels that number of players are ready for first team minutes in rotation.
It might take some longer than others but considering the rarity of 17/ 18 year olds who consistently affect first team games I find it hard to believe we suddenly have 5 at once who will take us into Europe and beyond. Take the best one and let the others prove themselves with the right direction, be that through being more demanding on results with the u23 or letting them play first team football at a middle level (preferably not League 2 or Conference as not enough of a step up for me when they could at least train with the first team) .

15.) 16 Apr 2021 19:48:45
Who is the best one rk, you only get any idea of who that is, by giving each one some game time.
Otherwise its just another personal opinion.

16.) 16 Apr 2021 20:13:29
That's the coaches job, no? They see them almost every day and what they have done when training with the first team.
Sharing around the small amount of game time is no help to any of them as there's no chance to form any understanding with the senior pros. Pushing one, maybe 2 to the very top is much more beneficial than getting several to a good Championship level by rushing it. The rest still get their chance within a couple of years if they keep working hard and improving.
Barry is the most likely due to Watkins versatility and our lack of numbers in that area. While not world beaters we have enough wingers fighting for the RWF position that Jack doesn't play to make it slightly less of a priority.

17.) 16 Apr 2021 21:11:45
Gotta agree with Cafu’s 1st post in this thread, think of it another way there’s that thing ‘you’ll never win anything with kids’ if I remember rightly that was 1st said after we beat Man U 1st game of the season, Savos and a few others debuts, weren’t Beckham and that crop of players on the losing side to Villa, but then went on to win the Prem that year, don’t think their confidence took too much of a knock? Another thing to think about that it would be better to throw some of the kids in while there’s no fans there too


18.) 16 Apr 2021 21:57:18
Guys we can all agree to disagree, my position is and will continue to be, what we are doing at the moment clearly isn't working, sugar coat it, make allowances, be happy with were we are, trying something else when there is absolutely nothing to lose in my humble opinion is a no brainer.

19.) 16 Apr 2021 21:58:26
How many "promising " young players have we held back, be it loans,1st team exposure etc over the years, to only end up letting them go when they've not done anything of significance by the time they reach their early 20s? Its time for a completely different tack now as to date its not really worked out. The owners realise this, hence the academy revamp. Some may end up being discarded anyway but hopefully after they've had a chance to show, at a competitive level, whether they can make the grade or not. For too long we've held players back from getting a proper taste of "mens" football to keep them in the old u21s where they just stagnate or regress. 10 minutes here and there, for the outstanding ones, in the 1st team isn't going to ruin them and may just surprise a few people and make any promising talent within the area think " hey, if I go to the villa, I've got a real shot of eventually getting in the 1st team ". That sort of situation is priceless for the long term future of the team. Remember fortune favours the brave.



02 Apr 2021 15:05:20
Just want to say Happy Easter to you all lads, and of course not forgetting the Editors. 🍺.

{Ed001's Note - cheers dave, I hope you are all having a great Easter on here.} Become a Patron!

1.) 02 Apr 2021 15:42:16
Thank you Ed, 👍👍.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Try not to make yourself sick eating the kids Easter eggs!}

2.) 02 Apr 2021 16:05:39
Happy Easter one and all. It could be even happier in 45 minutes time if Rotherham beat Millwall and dump thew bluenoses in the relegation zone 👍👍.

3.) 02 Apr 2021 16:12:10
The wife would have me horsewhipped if I did mate.
Its a case of watch but can`t touch. 😂.

{Ed001's Note - in our house me ma used to help me eat them. Her sister used to eat the kids' eggs as she didn't want them to have too much sugar, apparently.}

4.) 02 Apr 2021 16:20:19
Yeah I have heard that one before mate, a very clever sister 😂😂.



24 Mar 2021 15:57:01
Are we going to see the back of FFP, could it be a thing of the past, let's hope so.
We need to stop crippling things with forced restrictions, you can, you can`t, but only if.
What a load of cr#p that is.
It should now be restructured.



23 Mar 2021 21:27:56
Not seen a post from KEN for a while, hope you and family are all well mate.
Also hope you are still looking in John, stay safe mate.

1.) 23 Mar 2021 22:35:55
Still looking in mate and family are all well thanks for asking, great debates on here as always. I hope you and yours are all well together with all of our other posters🤞.

2.) 24 Mar 2021 15:29:28
Great news John 👍.



23 Mar 2021 15:54:25
I am not asking for miracles or anything like that, all I want is good steady progress, odd blips can and will happen, but trends are different, so I am well and truly with Scotty and Whacky, who I think have made some honest and unbiased observations about the team we are all passionate about, but in doing so we have attracted some very negative reactions.
Just to make it clear, I have already said on here several times, that we have made huge strides over the past couple of years, and would love Deano to stay and succeed. (BUT)
Yes I agree we might be ahead of our goal, but we will be behind our goal if we keep doing what we are doing, nobody in their right mind can disagree with that surely, so different approaches, plans, systems etc call it what you like, need to be used.
I said weeks ago, that we are starting to show signs that all is not right, and that we appear to be going backwards, and contrary to what some are saying, that has proved to be the case.
I still think its a good job we had such a great start to the season, because from here on it is going to be a rough ride to the seasons end, and I still think we will finish nearer the bottom than the top (trust me I hope I am wrong)
Its very clear that some don`t agree, and that is fine its your opinion.
So please don`t label me as a doom and gloom merchant, or have any doubt about my loyalty for Villa, it is for that very reason I have been raising these points.
If I think we have had a bad game, and certain players have not performed, I will say so and if asked, I will explain my reasons why I think we were poor, I see it as it is, not as some people want me to see it.
I agree with Scotty and Whacky plus a few others, if you are happy with things as they are, then wonderful, I will not try and convince you otherwise, enjoy it.
Having said all that, nobody will convince me that as it stands, we are anywhere near European standard.
With Jack in the side we were functioning very well, that all started to wane and problems became evident, and without him we have become impotent and one dimensional, opposing teams worked all this out months ago.
I am also allowed to change my mind, as we all are, and that needs to be remembered, if we start to perform like we did early season, then its happy days.

1.) 23 Mar 2021 19:27:15
I don’t think anyone is happy when we play poorly and lose but when people overreact and start banging the deano out drum, so to speak, then people get annoyed about the over the top reactions and feel the need to defend Deanos record. if was just a debate about what people feel like what could be done better in terms of shape, formations, starting XIs then fair play. but when it goes straight to deano out is the only option, then surely you should be expecting people have a strong view against this and the need to defend deano and his record, 😆.

2.) 23 Mar 2021 19:46:40
Pricey, if you take your mind back 8 weeks, that`s when we started this debate, about the starting eleven.
We were talking about our midfield being in effective, and our overplaying in the final third, plus lack of support for Watkins.
But we were slated for picking up on these points.
Nothing overreacting about that, just picking up on points that some people were either dismissing or failing to see.

3.) 23 Mar 2021 20:20:37
I think one of the main differences this season is even when our performances have been average to poor we have picked up points. We haven’t really looked the same since the restart following the CV outbreak in the squad.
However despite the poor form in that period we have in fact won 4, drawn 3, and lost 6 and gained 15 points.
Ok, nothing to shout home about, but this is our poorest form of the season, so hardly disastrous. That point ratio per game for a whole season would have given us a season total of 44 points, but I reiterate that’s calculated on our poorest form of the season. Last season that would have given us a13th place finish in the league table.
So what I’m saying here is, even when we’re playing our poorest, it’s still more productive than last season.
Last season when we played poorly, we lost, end of.
For me we’ve been shafted by the CV outbreak, the team lost their momentum and their energy levels. If every team in the league had suffered the same outbreak, we might be looking at a different picture now.

4.) 23 Mar 2021 23:20:39
Hardly slated. I’ve posted about wanting slight changes to system and personnel, that’s not what I’m on about, it’s the leaping from wanting to see that to pretty much wanting deano out which just seems bit over reactive. irrespective if we are in bottom half of table at end of this season but comfortably safe from relegation, that’s an improvement. so gives deano a chance to grow the team/ squad depth again before next season to have a better chance of cracking the top half and establishing us as a top half team. also under his leadership he’s helped to improve players, yeah some are out of form, and a couple might be duds, but on the whole he seems to of brought quite a few on, points at good man management and hopefully with that player loyalty so gives us more chance of keeping our better players. why would you want to risk that potential growth by getting an unknown over someone who’s done all asked of him.




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11 Apr 2021 13:30:22
As much as I would like Buendia at our club, that all sounds very feasible to me John, and I am not surprised if I am honest.
If it is true, you can understand the players feelings, after all a happy settled player, would theoretically be a better player.



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08 Apr 2021 22:13:45
Like your thinking Biggles, I just hope the people that matter at VP, take the time and have a look around the forums.



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07 Apr 2021 13:45:48
Big Tone, you are echoing what many of us have been saying on here for months mate, very pleased you feel the same mate.
Unfortunately the Management don`t seem to feel the same, as you say now we are safe, there is no better time than the present, to give our more promising youngsters some valuable first team minutes.



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23 Feb 2021 15:10:38
Yes Ed, don`t think he will feature again this season, hamstring problem I think.

{Ed077's Note - Might not be fully fit and firing even if he gets back before this season's end}



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23 Feb 2021 14:59:08
Would be a good signing if true Chris, he is a big lad as well.

{Ed077's Note - Isn't he out with a long term injury currently?




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17 Apr 2021 15:15:03
Oh, shocking and totally agree rk, we as humans never learn.



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17 Apr 2021 13:54:29
Good post Moose, the words of wisdom and common sense.
All we want is some faith shown in our youngsters, not a lot to ask in my opinion.



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17 Apr 2021 13:43:42
Stops what Raj?



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16 Apr 2021 19:48:45
Who is the best one rk, you only get any idea of who that is, by giving each one some game time.
Otherwise its just another personal opinion.



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16 Apr 2021 18:50:21
Absolutely Scotty, bang on mate, I am struggling to understand the logic behind this "lets wait and see" mentality.
Like I have said, I am glad its not my son playing under such a restricted system.