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11 Apr 2021 09:18:02
Guys I will share this with you for what it's worth I know you treat these kind of rumours with a degree of scepticism but KingVilla I ain't 😁 so please bear that in mind.
I have a friend who was on Norwich's books as a youth and still does work for them on occasion. I have been pumping him for information on Buendia and this is what I have gleaned from him. Apparently Norwich will sell one of there stars Cantwell/ Buendia/ Aarons but only one (unless they then get an offer for the others which is too good to turn down) and Buendia is the preferred choice because he has expressed a desire to move and also because Norwich want to generate an auction to drive up the fee. The interesting thing is that whilst Buendia has no preference when it comes to club he has expressed a desire to move nearer the capital which if true would rule us out . Whilst Arsenal have a well established interest Spurs are now showing an interest and this is supposedly the option Norwich would favour as they would like to include Oliver Skipp in any deal.


1.) 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.



07 Feb 2021 08:24:36
I see according to press reports we are looking to offer Jack a new deal and make a move to sign Barkley permanently thoughts?


1.) 07 Feb 2021 08:42:26
Sign his best mate to keep your best player happy, makes sense but not for the right reasons.

2.) 07 Feb 2021 09:01:46
If Chelski want £30M for Barkley, I’d offer them £10M more for Mount, that’d confuse out of Southgate if they were on the pitch at the same time. 🤔


3.) 07 Feb 2021 09:31:41
He'll only have 👀 for Mason 💖👬🥰.

4.) 07 Feb 2021 14:45:56
I really rate Mount to be honest, but don’t think we’d have a hope in signing him. If Chelsea want to play sensible for Barkley, I’d do it, providing it was value we couldn’t get elsewhere.

5.) 07 Feb 2021 15:04:52
I personally don`t want Barkley near VP, full stop.
If we sign him, I have no doubt he will be a problem, he has all the traits of a J. Lescott, S. Ireland, performs when he feels like it.

6.) 07 Feb 2021 20:28:16
Looks like we are prepared to up Jack’s salary to £200k a week, and pay Chelsea £40 million for Barkley according to Sky Sports, I do like Barkley but not at £40 million better value to be had elsewhere.

7.) 07 Feb 2021 21:07:18
They bought him for £15M when he was playing arguably his best football, he’s gone backwards since then and is a few years older, £20M or less in a heavily impacted by C.V. market or walk away


8.) 07 Feb 2021 21:15:22
I wouldn’t go higher than £30 million for Barkley and even that will be a little too high.

9.) 07 Feb 2021 21:25:36
Reports stating Chelski want £40m.
No thank you not at that price. £20m sounds more realistic.
To be honest he has more average games than very good ones and that isn't worth forking out £40m imo.

10.) 08 Feb 2021 12:25:49
We could buy a serious player with 40 million, I like rafinha of Leeds or Harrison. Barkley’s England days are over there’s no way he’s worth 40 million.

11.) 08 Feb 2021 12:33:54
Not a chance we pay £40 million for Barkley, it goes against every bit of business the owners/ board have done since coming in. The clues are all there, this isn’t one I’d worry about.

The Grealish deal has potential, the owners have already clinged onto him when it looked most likely he’d leave twice. They know for us to progress we have to keep hold of him. It wasn’t that long ago we were neck and neck with Spurs fighting for European places, the difference was we sold our best players, where as they held onto there’s for that little bit longer and moved onto that next level. We can’t make that mistake again, and imo under this new leadership, we won’t make that mistake again.

12.) 08 Feb 2021 14:33:56
Sorry not for me at any price. I think there are more consistent performers out there we could look at. He's too hit and miss for my liking. We need players who like jack/ Luiz can influence games not to play a bit part. Goes missing far too much for me.



26 Jan 2021 12:10:42
Rumour from another website that Philogene-Bidace will sign for Club Brugge when his contract expires in the summer.


1.) 26 Jan 2021 16:17:49
I hope that’s not true John, he’s definitely one of the more talented youngsters in the group.

2.) 26 Jan 2021 17:00:10
I hope it’s not true either Mark, but European clubs like Brugge tend to give youth its chance early if they are good enough so in some cases youngsters like Philogene-Bidace may well decide to take the risk of playing first team football abroad than stew in the reserves with us waiting for the odd 15 minutes first team football here and there.

3.) 26 Jan 2021 18:24:04
Hopefully Villa will offer him a decent enough contract to convince him to stay, and then find him a worthwhile loan move. 🤞🏻.

4.) 26 Jan 2021 21:15:00
He has stated he wants to stay at Villa.

5.) 28 Jan 2021 12:33:47
Apparently Barcelona are interested.



12 Jan 2021 18:30:04
I see Bogarde has signed his first professional contract, hopefully the first of many of our talented youngsters to sign on the dotted line.


1.) 12 Jan 2021 19:23:18
Add Chrisene to that list.



27 Nov 2020 13:49:00
Just reading a book called The Odd Man Out, the story of Ron Saunders reign at Villa Park by Graham Denton I have to confess I am not normally one who reads this type of stuff but Saunders has always intrigued me as a manager so I thought I would give it a go. It's a real insightful piece which covers not only Saunders regime but the run up to it, I have always admired how Saunders moulded the side to its ultimate success but I have to say that how he treated some of the established pros when he wanted them out of the club particularly Charlie Aitken left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth, it also gives a pretty good insight into what was going on at board level from trying to secure Clough to replace Vic Crowe through to Doug's dislike of Ron from day one I have to say I think it's a really good read for the died in the wool Villa fan.





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12 Apr 2021 10:51:35
The so called football pundits do make me smile, I see Lee Hendrie has been letting his mouth get ahead of his brain, on the one hand he says we need to spend £150 million to take us to the next level he then in various different articles lists who we should be signing the likes of Abrahams, Buendia, Saint Maximin, Sarr, Brooks, Brownhill. So I have a couple of problems with the list firstly we wouldn't get that lot for £200 million let alone £150 million and secondly the balance of the side would be all wrong in that you have too many widemen on the list. I do wish the so called pundits would apply some intelligence before opening there mouth rather than just chasing a headline I think Hendrie is in danger of losing what little credibility he has.


1.) 12 Apr 2021 14:21:52
They are all the same John, spout and shout about everything football related, but in truth we all know how well developed a footballers brain is, "Der".
They all think they are footballs new "Egghead"
With the exception of 1 or 2 most are not a very bright button.



10 Apr 2021 17:12:20
Perhaps it shows just how far we have come that I am so p##### off that we have lost at Anfield I thought defensively we were fairly tight apart from the Mings rick the full backs were good again and Liverpool's threat wasn't that great. I do wish though that players wouldn't try to play cross field balls in our own third of the pitch Traore and Nakamba tried it and on both occasions we nearly got caught out. Talking about Nakamba I think we saw today why we need an upgrade in his position he breaks up the play which is a key part of the defensive midfielders role which is fine but his distribution is shocking no point in winning the ball if you give it straight back. The other disappointment was Barkley came on had a couple of chances to at least work the keeper but he dithered and the chance was gone he is running out of time if he wants to earn a permanent move to VP.


1.) 10 Apr 2021 18:21:57
Barkley has run out of time if you ask me John.
Never seen a bloke of his stature, shirk tackles and challenges like he does, the bloke is a whimp, and has one good game in 10, saunters around following the ball at the same pace, get rid ASAP.



06 Apr 2021 13:42:49
We have debated on this site for a while about our need for another striker to compete with Ollie and maybe take us onto the next level, and a lot of the focus has been on Tammy returning to B6 permanently. Whilst I like him as a player i think I would want a striker who would give us something significantly different to what we have now and what I mean by that is we have wide players and full backs who can deliver quality crosses into the box but we rarely have anyone to get on the end of them, to be fair that isn't Ollie's strength and I don't think it's Tammy' either I wonder therefore whether to give us greater options up front and an obvious plan B when plan A isn't working whether or not we might be better off targeting someone like Mitrovic an old fashioned target man type who holds the ball up well and brings others into play this would give us that different option we have needed on occasion. In addition he would be a cheaper option than Tammy and we could invest more in creative options in midfield any thoughts?


1.) 06 Apr 2021 14:02:29
Donyell Malen would be my pick, but as you’ve suggested maybe we need a striker that offers something different to Watkins, Malen is similar, with a bit more pace and maybe a bit less physicality.

I wouldn’t mind Tammy or Mitrovic.

{Ed077's Note - Malen also is attracting interest from "bigger sides" with all due respect to Villa.

2.) 06 Apr 2021 14:17:07
That’s a good shout, Milik would be my 1st choice and half the price though


{Ed077's Note - Isn't he joining OM permanently in the summer?

3.) 06 Apr 2021 15:44:10
Fairly sure Marseille do have the option to buy Milik, which they almost certainly will for just 8 million, especially if he does well between now and the end of the season.
Milik does have a history of knee injuries though which could be a concern.
Mitrovic is a good shout John, great in the air, and as strong as an ox, he certainly outmuscled Mings on Sunday He knows where the net is as well, and has a good strike rate at club level and an even more impressive one for his country, 41 in 64 matches.
If Fulham go down, which looks likely, he would be eager to stay in the top flight and might be available for a reasonable price.
Good to see you back posting again John 👍.

{Ed002's Note - l'OM are committed to buy subject to three conditions which, if not met, would allow that obligation to be reversed and he would then return to Napoli.}

4.) 06 Apr 2021 16:07:20
If you want a big strong old fashioned style centre forward, there's not many better in the Premier league than Chris Wood at Burnley.

5.) 06 Apr 2021 15:43:32
Ed077, Marseille have a €12M loan to buy agreement but Milik has the option to turn it down as I understand it, if we’re being honest and no disrespect to OM, he’s gone there to put himself in the shop window, they are a backwards step having played for Ajax and Napoli, Ligue 1 ain’t the Prem, he’d be a perfect fit for Villa at that price, but I think we might spend triple that on a striker as a statement of intent, something else I can see is Wesley going on a season loan to maybe Italy, I remember Lazio were sniffing around him at some point


{Ed077's Note - thanks for the info

6.) 06 Apr 2021 16:27:43
Just read an article from the Mercato, written 5 days ago that suggests Marseille will buy Milik for 10 million in the Summer, but there is a hidden clause in his contract allowing him to be re-sold immediately for 12 million. It goes on to say that this clause will be activated by Juventus, where Milik apparently wanted to go to in the first place once his contract ran down at Napoli.
Looks like you can kiss goodbye to that one Ally 🥺.

{Ed002's Note - How can it be a "hidden clause" - a club can, after signing a player sell them on right away. That is not the plan of l'OM - someone is teasing you.}

7.) 06 Apr 2021 16:45:02
Fair enough Ed, I don’t know how reputable Foot Mercato is with their information, but they are basically saying he’ll be going to Juventus this Summer.

{Ed002's Note - That will be a surprise and a financial loss to Marseille then Mark.}

8.) 06 Apr 2021 16:55:15
I think Mitrovic would be perfect for us, he has been mentioned many times on here by a lot of people, so I think he would be a popular addition.

9.) 06 Apr 2021 17:39:57
Reading all the points above and I’m including myself in this, we’re all looking for a bargain, Milik at the prices quoted, Mitrovic could be cheaper if Fulham go down, both fine players and ‘gettable’ but with our owners we can spend more than that on that Holy Grail 20+ goals per season striker. As for Juve wanting Milik, I think they’d rather keep Morata and he’d be 1st choice for them even if they signed Milik. My priority signing is always going to be on a CDM but a true 1, not someone who can play there, and given the service Ollie could be the 20+ goals striker, he needs help though, that’s why I personally wouldn’t go big on a striker, who knows what the management will decide though 🤷🏼‍♂️


10.) 06 Apr 2021 18:52:44
The Milik point keeps coming up and seems we always get to the same conclusions, either option to buy at OM, or he’s got much better options (I. e. Juve), it’s starting to get into the beating a dead horse territory.

Cheers for the info on Malen Ed👍 Not surprised to be honest, every time I’ve seen him he looks very promising, a lot of his movement etc just looks natural.



24 Feb 2021 16:34:04
An interesting ...............BS REMOVED..............


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1.) 24 Feb 2021 16:47:32

2.) 24 Feb 2021 17:02:44
He's not posted about those 3 little letters, starts with an F and ends in a P has he? 🤔🙈.

3.) 24 Feb 2021 18:29:51
What FAP? 😂 surely there's another site for that? 😉.



21 Feb 2021 16:16:06
Villadave I take my hat off to you mate, you were one of the first to identify a systematic problem with our midfield and whilst a number of us thought it was a one off clearly it wasn't. The score line flattered us today and it could/ should have been 3,4,or 5, I was worried about the match up between Barnes and Elmo last week and today every time Barnes got the ball he looked a threat Elmo spent too much time watching the ball rather than his man and other than the occasional cross he offered nothing I wonder what Guilbert has done to be farmed out he would be a better back up. I felt really sorry for Watkins El ghazi and Traore they got little to no service and particularly in the case of El ghazi and Traore they seem to take most of the stick for a poor performance, I understand the comments re the tracking back however Traore was not purchased for his defensive capabilities it's his offensive skills we want and he did score from our only real chance so I think all the criticism he gets is a tad unfair. Barkley needs to be dropped he was shocking and McGinn and Luiz not much better I think at least two of the three need a rest and maybe give Sanson and Nakamba a run in the side.

I also think this result highlights a significant gap between ourselves and a number of clubs not only the so called big 6 and for me emphasises that whilst European football would be great at the moment it's a pipe dream so that being the case given we are safe in the league let's blood some of the kids.


1.) 21 Feb 2021 16:26:43
How have you come to the conclusion it should have been 3,4 or 5?

European was always a stretch, we have had a brilliant season up to now and this was always about consolidating, finishing as high up as possible and strengthening in the summer. - A task we look to be achieving as things stand.

2.) 21 Feb 2021 16:27:34
Traore had 3 great chances John, all in the 6 yard box, 1 blocked, 1 scored and 1 he completely missed with his head. he’s to hit and miss for me, good squad player but against top teams we need guys who put in 100% effort for 90+ mins, he misses so many tackles or just doesn’t bother tackling cause he’s afraid, he might be the best attack minded winger we have but that don’t mean he’s good enough, not for me anyway.

3.) 21 Feb 2021 16:27:47
Thank you John, I try like most on here, to be honest and say what you see, I love Villa as you do, but some people can see no wrong no matter what happens.
Scotty is another who says what he thinks, and gets slatted for it.
Again though John I have to agree with your post, and something needs to be done.
I like Deano very much, but his team selection leaves a lot to be desired, if he had of made the changes he made at half time we might have salvaged a point.

4.) 21 Feb 2021 19:16:16
Whack, the three chances that fell to Traore as you say he scored one the other two were in my opinion great bits of defending firstly the block and secondly for the header the young left back Thomas put his body between the ball and Traore to ease him out of the way, you can’t blame him for either of those

Chris every time Leicester came forward they looked dangerous Ricardo should have done better with a chance in the first couple of minutes, Vardy was through in the second half till a bad touch allowed Mings to usher him wide and Elmo’s trip on Barnes which earned him a booking would have been a clear one on one for the Leicester player which if I am honest I am not sure that Elmo wasn’t the last man so we might have escaped one there but in fairness I would need to see it again so I think they had more than enough opportunities to make it 3,4, or 5.

5.) 21 Feb 2021 20:56:37
Lots of ifs in there John, if you apply the same to us the game could have been 4-4, 4-5 and it will go on forever.




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09 Apr 2021 10:15:31
This strikes me as the press trying to drum up a story where in reality one doesn’t really exist. When our owners took over they were clear that we were going to have a long term plan to deliver the club success, we got promoted ahead of schedule in addition we got to a cup final, we maintained our premiership status and have kicked on from there why oh why when we are on an upward trajectory would we take the risk of changing coaches now? I could understand it if we were in free fall but we are not, don’t get me wrong I like Gerard’s approach to management but success in Scotland is very different to managing in the premiership and whilst i wouldn’t be averse to him managing our club at some point in the future that point isn’t now we should all get behind Deano.

On a separate point I see the likes of Leeds are being linked with Aguero when his contract expires, given he apparently wants to stay in the premier league what about us throwing our hat in the ring? And again before Ed 02 says he won’t sign for us and that’s more than likely true it would at least show the ambition of the club in terms of the type of signings we are competing for.




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23 Feb 2021 20:36:56
Gone from strength to strength then I see.




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23 Feb 2021 20:16:11
Certainly didn’t help Ed, nor did the atmosphere in the dressing room or the decisions in the boardroom ie how we got shut of a manager who a few months earlier had taken us a very average team at best to an FA cup final and replaced him with the wrong man at the wrong time, come to think of it I am not sure Remi Garde would ever have been the right man at any time. In fact does anyone know where Remi is now?


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23 Feb 2021 15:08:10
Ed077 yes he is but Utd are expecting him back before the end of the season Wilder has said he knows Berge is using Utd as a stepping stone to bigger and better things however I think from the interview he gave they are expecting interest from clubs involved in Europe rather than teams like us,


{Ed077's Note - that's sensible point of view from Sheffield United and Wilder.



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22 Feb 2021 09:30:48
4eva I agree with you completely re who we need to ship out and you can add Hourihane, Taylor and Engels to that list. With regards Deano this is only his second season at this level and it’s a steep learning curve, if someone had said at the end of last season we would be where we are now with only just over half the season gone we would have snapped there hands off. and to my mind that earns Deano some time however I do think he has to adapt to the requirements of the league so as a number of posters have already pointed out we need to have a plan b which we don’t seem to have at the moment we continue to play out from the back when teams employ a high press against us, if you look at City on occasions they can mix it up and play long ball as evidenced by Ederson’s assist the other day so for me it shouldn’t be a one size fits all. He definitely needs to make better use of the bench and be more ruthless when it comes to selection and I would like to see a couple of the kids at least make the bench and it was good to see that yesterday. I think we are ahead of where we thought we would be when our owners took over but again our summer recruitment is going to be vital in terms of the clubs progression if this time next year we are making no progress then I think it’s fair enough to start to ask questions about the manager but not before.





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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.




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15 Apr 2021 16:53:32
I think the other benefit you get from introducing youngsters to first team action is it shows the next generation that if you are good enough a clear path to first team football is available to you, what we don’t want is what’s happened at other club’s where talented youngsters have felt they have little or no opportunities and therefore come contract time they seek pastures new. With our investment in youth we want that to benefit our club not someone else’s.




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13 Apr 2021 17:59:57
I’m surprised Ed 02 hasn’t rubbishd your list Ally 😀 Although in fairness to him/ her I don’t think we will end up with many if any of them.




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12 Apr 2021 19:53:37
I hope whatever business we do get done we get it done early to integrate the new players into the squad.




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12 Apr 2021 18:55:24
Interesting that when Deano was asked if Villa would be spending big in the summer he said no but if there was a good value deal to be done then the club would try to do iit. That doesn’t suggest to me the club will be looking to shell out £40 or 50 million on established stars more likely we will be shopping abroad I think.