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Team: Aston Villa

Where from: France

Favourite player: Gordon Cowans

Best team moment: When we won the league in 1981. I was at Highbury. We lost the match 2-0 but won the league because Ipswich lost !

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22 Jul 2021 18:18:48
John Percy has reported that Stoke City want to take Keinan Davis on loan for the season and that talks are in progress. I think this would be a good move for Keinan as it it should give him regular first team football which hopefully would build his confidence, particularly in front of goal. Best of luck to Keinan if this loan happens for him.

1.) 22 Jul 2021 19:09:48
More than 7 sides have enquired to take him on Lon in the championship, Villa aren’t rushing into anything but more than likely he’ll be sent out on loan.

2.) 22 Jul 2021 19:30:58
Any idea who the other teams are Chris?

3.) 22 Jul 2021 22:59:45
Don’t know all the clubs Mark but I believe Huddersfield, QPR, Preston and Swansea are in the mix.

4.) 23 Jul 2021 08:47:50
Villajohn Derby and the Baggies are also looking at Davis as well.

5.) 24 Jul 2021 21:44:06
I know a lot of fans have a soft spot for Keinan. Good hold up play, strong physical presence etc.

Call me Mr Meanie, but I can’t really see what the future holds for him at Villa. Yes, a loan might raise his profile and maybe his price, but I just don’t see him breaking in to the first eleven. If Alvarez comes along or maybe Bailey, his ranking is likely to diminish further. In the long run, he may best served finding his feet in the Championship and moving on from there.



18 Jul 2021 11:59:26
The Baggies are apparently interested in Hourihane. How about 12 million + Conor then for Pereira 🤔.

1.) 18 Jul 2021 13:56:21
Not bad, you could even add Keenan Davis on a season long loan as a further inducement, but in fairness after an initial flurry of rumours linking us with Pereira it seems to have gone a little bit quiet on that front, I wonder if we are looking elsewhere?

2.) 18 Jul 2021 14:23:35
Love it Mark, Only just though mate, I was thinking about adding a sell on as well 🤔.

3.) 18 Jul 2021 14:29:25
John mate, I expect if the truth was known, we have probable not been looking at any of the mentioned players.
People are very prone to the "Notion", and get off big time on speculation.



16 Jun 2021 17:18:15
It would appear that we've had a 25 million bid for Smith Rowe turned down by Arsenal.
I can't say I blame them, he has the potential to be a very good player. That doesn't mean to say he will do though, many promising 20 year olds fall by the wayside. So whilst I can understand them turning it down and I think 25 million is a fair bid for this player.

1.) 21 Jun 2021 20:24:48
It is suggest an improved £30M deal has now been made for young Emile. Gooners are spouting off at the disrespect shown by those ‘cheeky upstarts’ at Villa. Times are a changin’ as Bobby D once spouted….

2.) 22 Jun 2021 05:20:01
Yes I can definitely sense something ‘ Blowin in the wind’



01 May 2021 12:27:51
There’s a rumour going round that we might make a move for Axel Tuanzebe, and for as little as 7 million. Personally I would snap him up for a fee as low as that. At just 23, he’s got many good years ahead of him and I think he’s capable of pushing Tyrone for a place in the team, he could also be a useful replacement right back.
Another option might be to play 3 at the back, with 2 attacking wing backs in Cash and Targett. This would do away with the need of orthodox wingers if we went 3-5-2.
I could imagine our other 3 midfielders as being Berge, Buendia and of course Jack, with Tammy and Ollie up front.
The bench wouldn’t look too shoddy either with the likes of Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Sanson and Chukwuemeka to call upon 😍.

1.) 01 May 2021 13:56:53
Hi Mark, hope all is well, I have been really busy mate as you know, but I totally agree, he would be a welcome addition to the side.
If reports are right enjoyed his time with us before, and would have very little trouble settling in.
A good value signing all round mate.

2.) 01 May 2021 14:59:04
Mark, definitely with you if the rumour on Axel is right as you say he’s the right age, versatile in that he can play in a number of defensive positions even defensive midfield if push came to shove and at £7 million in today’s market they strikes me as great value. However I am not sure how reliable the rumour is, as other outlets are reporting we are looking to sign an experienced premier league centre back which clearly Axel isn’t. I guess time will tell which way we go.

3.) 01 May 2021 15:04:59
Axel defensive mid. 🤔👍🏻


4.) 01 May 2021 16:35:02
Defensive midfield is a good shout Ally. Axel would fit the bill there, with his height, physique and pace.

5.) 01 May 2021 19:41:03
I really hope there’s substance to this. Right age, good player, versatile, knows the club. Price feels about right (and good value) for a player who hardly gets any game time at Utd and who’s entering the last year of his contract.

6.) 02 May 2021 12:04:12
If United are genuinely interested in Tom Heaton, maybe we could do a straight swap. I think that would be a fair deal and it would benefit both clubs.

7.) 02 May 2021 19:19:35
I think that would be a great solution for both clubs Mark.
I would be very happy with that, to be fair Tommy boy is far better than a back up keeper, even at his age.

8.) 03 May 2021 09:10:43
To be honest if Heaton wants to play first team football why on gods earth would he join United? At best he will be second choice behind Henderson, at worst third choice if De Gea stays, surely either way he has just as much chance of playing first team football with us than with them.

If he does move to United won’t it be on a free? As his contract expires this summer so the swap with Axel would be a non starter.

9.) 09 May 2021 21:11:54
Of all the rumours circulating around, this one seems to stand up to scrutiny more than most. Cost, our likely requirement (Engels leaves? ), player status etc.

The Szilai story with a £15-20M just didn’t stack up for instance. I just can’t see Smith/ Lange shelling out that sort of money for, potentially, a reserve CB, particularly when their will be priorities further forward and covering the LB spot need to be budgeted for too.

Smith’s familiarity with Tuanzebe plus his flexibilty (CB/ RB/ DM) makes him a good fit, especially if the manager is weighing up Kessler, rather than Guilbert, as his RB cover. He could well want a plan B, just in case it doesn’t go to plan.

10.) 11 May 2021 22:14:34
A swap deal with Heaton won’t happen because the goalie is out of contract next month. However, it seems he will be United bound, but on a free.



18 Apr 2021 11:56:46
Villa are supposedly leading the race for Loftus Cheek, not sure if there’s any truth in it.
He is a quick, powerful player though who goes past players with ease, and would give our midfield a bit of height and physical presence.
I think he would be a significant upgrade on our current Chelsea player.

1.) 18 Apr 2021 12:55:25
Been impressed with him whenever I've seen him play and certainly puts himself about a bit, unlike a certain Chelsea loanee. Offers height, physicality and skill. It's a yes for me if true 👍.

2.) 18 Apr 2021 21:27:41
I like Loftus Cheek but apparently according to press reports he’s on £150k a week! Really. Much as I like him there is better value out there than that.

3.) 19 Apr 2021 00:46:53
When he played for Chelsea youth, against Villa, in the French youth tournament at 17, it was reported he’d just signed a £1.7 m contract .




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09 Jul 2021 16:38:56
Italy will be looking to do the double on Sunday now Berrattini has made it to the Wimbledon final.
Let’s all hope they’re crying on their pizzas at the end of the evening after Djokovic and England have given them a good past (a) ing 😁.



08 Jul 2021 15:54:47
I see Palace have signed Michael Olise.
Pity, if we don’t get ESR, Olise would have been a good, cheaper alternative.



29 Jun 2021 19:09:02
Wizard Jack’s magic made all the difference.
He didn’t touch the ball many times but when he did, it was sheer quality.
Well done Jack and well done England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿.

1.) 29 Jun 2021 19:24:48
No matter what he does I don’t think he will start in the quarters though.



12 Jun 2021 21:54:56
Thoughts and prayers go out to Christian Eriksen and his family.
Let’s all hope he makes a full recovery.

1.) 12 Jun 2021 22:42:12
Second that Mark . Frightening that a fit professional, who must undergo continuous tests, can end up this way.



10 Jun 2021 18:27:56
If Wolves decide not to take up the option of buying Ait Nouri, I think he would provide excellent competition for Matt Targett and would definitely be an excellent backup.
Angers want in the region of 20 million, if we could get him for around 10-15 million, I think that would be a good bit of business.

1.) 11 Jun 2021 06:30:50
markdavfrance Mark I have to agree with you, think he's got the potential, delivers a decent ball, lacks a bit defensively but then again what modern day full back don't. If we could get him for under the 10 million I would be all in favour for a move for him.

2.) 10 Jun 2021 19:36:00
I see you point Mark, but why not promote Mungo Bridge, and give him some time on the Bench, I am sure the odd game here and there would soon blood him, and could save us a few quid mate.
Left back is his second position, so why not, just putting it out there.

3.) 11 Jun 2021 16:30:16
RAN’s defending needs a bit of working on but in an attacking sense this kid is electric. He has blistering pace and especially over the first few yards, and it’s for that reason I’m sure he will improve defensively in time.
Remember the season before last Matt Targetts defending wasn’t so great but now he is excellent, I think RAN could learn a lot from Matt, for the defending.
I watched RAN at Angers the season before last and for the most part he was the star man, and I’m surprised he hasn’t really kicked on at Wolves.
Mungo Bridge is a good shout Dave, although I’ve only ever seen him play as a central defender for the U23’s.
Other options could be Guilbert, who can play left as well as right back and Tyrone who often played left back for Bournemouth.




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25 Jul 2021 11:53:02
What ever happens Ally we will have to always look on the bright side of life😁.



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24 Jul 2021 13:55:22
Yes Dave, 30 million + for Berge would be a bit of a risk if there are injury issues. I like Romeu also, but I’m sure Southampton would be very reluctant to part with him.
He’s 29 but the way young Lamare Bogarde is progressing, that might not prove to be a problem. Not sure if Bissouma is Liverpool bound or not, but he really is top drawer and would be a massive upgrade.
I would be happy enough if Marvelous stays though, as I thought he did an excellent job at times and I think he could improve as a player.



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24 Jul 2021 10:11:00
Agree that every player has a price. I wouldn’t entertain offers under 20 million for Marvelous, and adding just 10 million to that could get us a significant upgrade in Sander Berge.



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22 Jul 2021 19:30:58
Any idea who the other teams are Chris?



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18 Jul 2021 16:43:30
Chucky 1 and 2, very scary 😱.




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25 Jul 2021 09:56:05
Probably the frustrations of the last 12-18 months coming to the surface. It’s still very early days since he got over that awful injury and he’s probably desperate to make up for it. I agree John he needs time to get into the groove of playing competitive football again, so come on guys give the bloke a chance. Targett and Luiz are good examples of players who took a lot more first team matches than Wesley has played up to now, to settle in. They didn’t have to get over an horrendous injury either.



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22 Jul 2021 13:49:47
Ok thanks Ed, I have just read a bit about a few issues he had with his National team Jamaica. Seems he’s a bit liable to throwing his toys out the pram if he doesn’t get his own way.



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22 Jul 2021 12:46:30
Interestingly Arsenal are reported to have pulled out of the race for Bailey due to an attitude problem. A few days ago Ed002 mentioned something about him having his mojo taken from him. If you’ve got a moment Ed could you elaborate on that a bit for us please.

{Ed002's Note - I don't want to go in to detail but there have been a number of issues that have made clubs think twice about him in the past. Bayer Leverkusen have seen his performances drift away rather and are happy to move him on now.}



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21 Jul 2021 16:42:52
Cantwell has 1 year left on his contract. If he’s reluctant to sign a new one, Norwich may well be prepared to lower the asking price. Cantwell for 20 million for instance would represent good value for money wouldn’t he? I think so anyway.



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20 Jul 2021 18:42:32
Emile Wowe Smis. 😁. You would need to be dyslexic and suffer from rhotacism or be German.
Sometimes I wonder if there is a dog 🤔.