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28 Aug 2020 09:25:35
I see the Swift rumour has re-emerged its one of the few that when it first emerged seemed to die off fairly quickly following Sheffield Utd's interest. I wonder if our renewed interest has anything to do with Hourihane's potential move to Turkey.


1.) 28 Aug 2020 09:57:53
Get rid of Lansbury and upgrade to swift hopefully.



27 Aug 2020 16:15:02
Now Gareth Barry has retired I wonder whether the hierarchy might find a position for him at the club, I am not sure whether he intends to stay in football he doesn't really strike me as the management type, but even if it were only an ambassadorial role it would be a fitting tribute to a fantastic servant of the club.


1.) 27 Aug 2020 18:15:09
Only if it's in an unpaid role. Would rather they spent money where it's needed, on the playing side.

2.) 27 Aug 2020 18:21:12
John, would you come back after receiving the sort of flack he did. Villa fans ripped him apart when he left.

3.) 27 Aug 2020 19:02:34
He might not Dave but I think it would be classy of the club to offer its then up to him.



19 Aug 2020 10:10:20
Reading an article this morning re Andre Green and how he came though the much lauded Villa academy and was going to be a premiership star and whilst there were odd glimpses it obviously didn't happen and he was released and a similar story with Callum O Hare. This got me thinking re who has come through the academy and made a decent career for themselves at the top level and the only names I could come up with were Albrighton, Agbonlahor Vassell and Cahill a pretty poor return over 20 odd years when you think Chelsea have produced James, Mount, Abraham, Tomori, Gilmour in a couple of years. Our much lauded academy really does need a massive overhaul Over to you Mr Lange.


1.) 19 Aug 2020 10:54:28
To be fair John they’ve recruited a lot of very talented 16/ 17 year olds over the last few months and the whole structure has been overhauled. With Mark Harrison coaching them, there are many reasons to be more optimistic. The owners have clearly identified this as an area that hasn’t been working and they are laying down the foundations to improve it, hopefully beyond comparison to what we’ve previously had.

2.) 19 Aug 2020 11:48:15
Here’s hoping Mark, we have had a few talented youngsters like Green and O Hare in the past for example Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson spring to mind but they just aren’t quite good enough to make it at Premiership level I hope this recruitment of talented youngsters will bear fruit.

3.) 19 Aug 2020 15:54:23
I mentioned on here a few weeks ago that Villa were signing Ben Chrisene from Exeter which looks like its about to be confirmed. He's very highly rated and Villa are clearly upping their game in the under 23's so hopefully we'll see some decent talent breaking through in the next season or two. Just need to get some decent established pro's through the door now too!

4.) 19 Aug 2020 17:39:03
Troy Deeney, the Gardner brothers.

5.) 19 Aug 2020 22:02:38
Green is constantly injured, unfortunate for him but nothing anyone can do about it.

The academy has had a major overhaul the last 12 months (Have you been living under a rock? ) and its only today that we have added another top talent to it, beating off competition from top teams.

Expect it to be a few years before these lads make it to the first team, as there all mainly 16/ 17. But all the right noises are coming out, and exciting people on and off the pitch have and continue to be brought in to our youth set up. I can’t see how you’ve missed any of this, it’s literally dominated villa news for the past 12 months.

6.) 19 Aug 2020 22:16:01
Chris I haven’t missed it but I find it difficult to believe it has taken past regimes as long as it has to realise that a root and branch overhaul was needed. Our current owners, as I have posted previously are making all the right steps as I see it, but it is sad to see how far behind a number of our competitors we are, and it will take some time before this new approach the club is taking will bear fruit.

7.) 20 Aug 2020 08:36:44
I’m not understanding John, if you did know all this, then why in your original post did you say “Our much lauded academy really does need a massive overhaul”?

8.) 20 Aug 2020 11:17:58
I did Chris but much lauded was very much tongue in cheek which was why I cited our ‘successes’ over 20 odd years against Chelsea’s over 2 to 3.

9.) 20 Aug 2020 22:23:22
Fair enough, still lost on me John, don’t know why we would need an overhaul, having literally just had one and it not having chance to succeed.



12 Aug 2020 10:22:42
The Brentford link grows and grows now we are supposedly after Rico Henry we may as well sign the whole first team squad 😀
I also see Daniel Sturridge is looking for a route back into the premiership and we are being linked again. If I am honest I am a bit torn on this one if he's available on a free and the deal was pay as you play then I might take a punt but otherwise although he was a good finisher in his prime over the last couple of years a bit too injury prone.


1.) 12 Aug 2020 11:08:04
fed up with all this Brentford talk, some realy good players went down, and who do we look at,

2.) 12 Aug 2020 15:05:47
Fed up with being linked to all and sundry and to think we will have to put up with it until Oct 5.

3.) 12 Aug 2020 15:26:50
With you all the way on the Sturridge rumours John, the reference to "was a good finisher" is key.
So yes, if he is free, I just can`t dismiss the thought he is after one more pay day.

4.) 12 Aug 2020 18:25:03
I’d take Sturridge all day long, is he better than what we’ve got? Yes. Does he get injuries? Yes. Did Wesley miss half of the season injured and cost £20M+? Yes. He’s saying all the right things about having unfinished business in the Prem, if it was about him being a mercenary after the big money he could get that in other countries, he’s got bags of experience that was lacking through the spine of our 1st team last year and 100% why we struggled, same as we should of got Cahill back, not because of misty eyed nostalgia but because of his experience


5.) 12 Aug 2020 18:59:39
Don’t think I would want Sturridge personally. Gets a cough and won’t play, even been called out by former team mates for not playing through the pain barrier and lacking the desire to play. Could you count on him if push came to shove?

6.) 13 Aug 2020 22:34:31
I think we could be repeating some of our recent transfer errors if we went for Sturridge. I think he is over the hill and primarily intent on bolstering his retirement fund.

7.) 15 Aug 2020 22:25:01
Daniel Sturbridge had his day long ago. An absolute no from me.

Join the Bolini brigade. Get in the queue.



25 Jul 2020 14:30:41
Irrespective of what happens tomorrow, the club has got a big pre season ahead of it, as I think another big clear out is required. For me if we stay in the prem then I would look to keep Heaton, Guilbert, Konsa, Mings Targett, Luiz, Hourihane, McGinn and probably Wesley

but other than that the rest can go, ( I have some sympathy with Samatta but I don't think he fits in particularly well with the system Smith wants to play) I would try to sign some from the following; Mitrovic, Ihenacho, Benrahma, Brooks, Wilson, Albrighton, Tuanzebe and bring in a number of our kids like Ramsey and Barry to blood them through the season.

I think the targets I have identified are realistic and would strengthen the squad significantly. Ideally I would have included Ings as a target but I don't think we have a hope in hell of landing him.

If it's the Championship then the cull still needs to happen but the retained list and the targets will be somewhat different.


1.) 26 Jul 2020 18:56:16
Having a clear out is not going to help anyone, what we need is to build on the squad by buying players that will improve the squad and push out current fringe players like Jota. It's a case of buy better players to start and current starters become squad players, el ghazi and trez and samatta replaced for instance.




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21 Sep 2020 19:54:14
Well that's the first one out of the way. So let's have a look at the positives. We won. Martinez had little to do but what he did have he did brilliantly and Cash looked good on debut good distribution and quality crossing not seen enough defensively but it looks encouraging Watkins ran around a lot had a decent first 15 minutes but not much after that but in fairness we didn't create much for him to have a go at, and we had a lot of the ball. On the debit side Targett is not a premier league full back when attacking his crosses get blocked and when defending .! We need a new left back before the window closes. Creativity still missing and Jack trying to do too much. We didn't move the ball quickly enough Sheff Utd just set up a bank of four in front of us and we couldn't break it down reminded me of West Ham at home last season when we couldn't break down 10 men admittedly over a much shorter period. And at the moment McGinn looks a shadow of the player he was before his injury and we gave the ball away far to often. With Sheffield down to 10 men after 12 minutes I thought I would enjoy the evening but I found myself biting my nails for most of the match. Its early doors admittedly but even so it's clear more work to do and more signings required me thinks.


1.) 21 Sep 2020 20:06:58
Ramsey should replace McGinn, even if its just as a reminder his place is not guaranteed.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 20:09:55
Personally I was not surprised at the way we played after all it was their first Premiership match this season and three players were new to the side.
I think this team will get a lot better as they get more matches under their belts.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 20:14:09
Why was you so nervous mate? they had one shot on target being the penalty in the 33rd minute and 70% of the ball was in their final third, it wasn’t in danger, the question was whether we could get through their two banks of defenders.

4.) 21 Sep 2020 20:52:25
Because Chris, Targett is an accident waiting to happen as we saw with the penalty he switched off, and we don’t have options because Taylor is worse.

5.) 21 Sep 2020 21:05:38
Targett switched off, but Douglas Luis has the chance to cut out the pass that put Burke free, then Cash Mings Konsa and Dougie let him dance along them like puppets on a string for him to slip it in to Basham. There were a lot of people at fault for that goal and it was al rustiness more than anything. As I said the pen was on like 30 minutes, after that they had nothing, it was whether we could break them down, and we did. I don’t see what there’s to be nervous about, Targett barely touched the ball in our half second half.

6.) 21 Sep 2020 23:14:29
Think a new lb like you’ve said is highly important. need pace to take advantage of the overlap when jack cuts inside. would love for ya to go full out to get Rico Henry! Tonight also highlighted lack of pace on the wings. hopefully Traore will improve this and ideally need another.

7.) 21 Sep 2020 23:16:33
Most teams would have struggled against such a disciplined defence, give Sheffield United some credit. We tried inside and outside and they bust a gut to cut everything out, something every team could learn from.

I'm only annoyed we only made 1 sub. Trez is a harder worker but that match screamed for taking a risk on el ghazi, jota or Lansbury with not needing to defend.
I'm not convinced by Targett but I still think the pen was a dive.

Watkins did everything he possibly could, the striker isn't going to get chances in those games.
Doug showed why he's DM and shouldn't be pushed forwards. The Bournemouth finish last season may have been a one off but he refused far too many chances tonight.



11 Sep 2020 21:13:27
Looks like Brentford are upping the price for Benrahma to £30 million. Much as I like him and I do, I wouldn't pay that price again having paid £33 million for Watkins £63 million for two players unproven at premiership level is too much particularly if Rashica comes in at £20 million and even Harry Wilson at £15 million they offer better value for money which I think it's a great shame for Benrahma because I think at £30 million he will be priced out of a move because I can't see any premier side paying that sort of money for him.


1.) 11 Sep 2020 21:44:57
If Raschica is happening, for balance it’d be a good idea to get a left footer, such as Wilson, decent player


2.) 11 Sep 2020 21:55:07
Agree John, go all out for Rashica, Looks as good if not better than Benrahma.
Especially as he is nearly half the price, I think he would give us a real cutting edge up front, and make us a threat to any team.

3.) 11 Sep 2020 22:30:49
Niclas Eliasson, or buy Odsonne Edouard and play Watkins on the left and Rashika on the right.
Oh my days, that would make people sit up and take notice.

4.) 11 Sep 2020 22:34:57
Wilson is £20m, no lower.

5.) 11 Sep 2020 22:57:50
I’d try for Martin Odegaard from Real but Ed 002 don’t want us to have him 😂


6.) 12 Sep 2020 07:12:39
Callum Hudson-odoi on loan + Rashica?



11 Sep 2020 11:57:38
West Ham terminating Jack Wilshere's contract, I know he is a tad injury prone but how about signing him as a squad player on a pay as you play basis. Thoughts?


1.) 11 Sep 2020 13:59:27
He’s that injury prone John, I’m not sure he’d get through a game. Maybe paying him by the minute on the pitch might be a safer bet, considering his salary at WHU was 100,000 a week.
It’s a shame because he’s so gifted, but in all honesty I think his Premier league days are over.

2.) 11 Sep 2020 14:15:41
Another Danny Drinkwater I'm afraid John mate.

3.) 11 Sep 2020 14:36:50
A tad injury prone? When was he last fit? In the under 11s?! I’m being flippant, sorry. but for me it’d be Danny Drinkwater all over again. No doubt a talented player, but when you’re so far off fitness, it doesn’t go well. Take a read of the Telegraph interview with Drinkwater, some interesting stuff in there about his time at Villa 😬.

4.) 11 Sep 2020 14:17:22
No chance of a pay as you play deal, does any player even have a contract like that in the premier league, he will want to line his pockets before he hangs his boots up he will get a regular contract somewhere easily, we need players that “are going to be” or “are” not “used to be’s” in my opinion.



08 Sep 2020 09:18:12
Interesting article on Birmingham live an interview with Christian Purslow this goes some way to explaining our difficulties in the transfer market. Worth a read.


1.) 08 Sep 2020 10:09:33
It is a very good read John and it goes to show what restrictions we have to deal with with regards FFP and our wage restrictions.

2.) 08 Sep 2020 10:15:02
If what's being said is true and we have to country the pennies, West Ham are struggling financially, why don't we see if we could pick up Snodgrass cheaply. Yes he's the wrong side of 30 but bags of experience, loved his time at the Villa and is extremely hard working. If we can't get our preferred targets he'd be an excellent short term solution.

3.) 08 Sep 2020 10:48:29
Christian Purslow and the unbridled truth in the same sentence -don't make me laugh!

4.) 08 Sep 2020 13:16:25
If you read the post properly 82 it said "if true" and wasn't meant to suggest Purslow is telling porkies or otherwise but was my view that with our lack of success this window so far, for whatever reasons, I was suggesting the point that I wouldn't mind Snodgrass back at the Villa.

5.) 08 Sep 2020 13:40:47
Moose I agree re Snodgrass and I don’t think he’d cost the earth either.

Classof82 I can’t see what benefit Purslow would get from lying, this article plus the one on FFP strikes me as a perfectly plausible reason for our current issues in the market.

6.) 08 Sep 2020 14:23:23
Worthing noting Purslow has been true to his word since arriving.



07 Sep 2020 20:50:35
I think the market is starting to move at a faster pace over the last few days Everton Newcastle and Sheffield Utd doing significant business so I hope we start getting a few more of our targets over the line. I think Sheff Utd have pulled off a gem of a deal getting Ampadu from Chelsea on loan cracking young player and only going to get better. Given our supposed need for a centre back and the established links with Chelsea I wonder why we didn't try to get him.





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19 Sep 2020 18:57:12
I hope it’s hogwash too Moose, but we seem prepared to accept the rumours they print on the players we are looking to sign quick enough!




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19 Sep 2020 13:37:10
Apparently the BBC are saying Traore is our last bit of business this window unless a “unexpected opportunity” presents itself.




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




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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.




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17 Sep 2020 09:55:56
I like Ross Barkley as a player and if Jack went he was one of the players I would have looked to replace him with however as Jack is staying, given the formation we play and the fact we are looking like signing two wide players Traore and Rashica I am not sure where he would fit in. It would be great to have him as part of the squad but I feel fairly certain he wouldn’t want to exchange the bench at Chelsea for the bench at Villa.





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21 Sep 2020 21:02:40
Never boo my own team I will always support them but I call it as I see it, I felt it was a balanced assessment as I did highlight the positives if you read the post.




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21 Sep 2020 20:52:25
Because Chris, Targett is an accident waiting to happen as we saw with the penalty he switched off, and we don’t have options because Taylor is worse.




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21 Sep 2020 12:50:44
Bloody autocorrect I of course meant Shaun Teale🤣🤣.




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21 Sep 2020 12:18:38
I don’t necessarily disagree with the sentiment old villain somebody like Shaun Tralee springs to mind the problem is you don’t have any of those characters around anymore or if you do they are few and far between and that’s because in today’s football they’d be suspended more than they played.




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21 Sep 2020 09:57:37
I love this game of fantasy football particularly in the window when all types of rumours are flying about! So my preference for our next couple of signings would be Benrahama and Origi but I don’t think either will happen. So in the style of Kingy. “ My sources tell me our next two signings will be Henry and King (not the one and only but Josh)