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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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04 Sep 2020 12:41:49
So, after having a bid of 15 million turned down for Callum Wilson, it would appear that Bournemouth would accept a fixed price of 17 million.
This is actually better than I thought it would be and so I think we should cough up the extra 2 million.

1.) 04 Sep 2020 13:20:30
Don't get it unless Bournemouth themselves don't think he is capable of achieving add on criteria.

Wouldn't mind this (for PL experience) as long as Watkins was signed too but you have to consider wages as well as transfer fee.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 13:28:48
Mark if push comes to shove I agree let’s cough up the extra £2 million, however given they are supposedly interested in Hogan I might be tempted to try £12 million plus him and see what they say. After that I think we need to increase our offers for the Brentford two and get those deals done as well.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 13:56:24
I agree John. would they be interested in any of our surplus goalkeepers too? Need to move Kalinic on, and possibly Nyland too. And they’ve just lost Ramsdale.

I think Wilson at £17m would be a good signing in any case, but as others have said. got to get the two in from Brentford as well. Watkins versatility would be a huge asset, and Benrahma is the winger we’re missing. a huge step up from Trezeguet and Anwar.

Cash, Romero, Benrahma, Watkins, Wilson. that’s be an excellent window and I think the only other position we need then is an 8. A genuine box-to-box CM. I’m still hoping for Grujic.

4.) 04 Sep 2020 14:14:24
What about another LB.

5.) 04 Sep 2020 14:37:21
I think Deano wants another centre back however personally I like you you think left back is our weaker position but I guess if we get Wilson Benrahma and Watkins and Romero there won’t be much left for anyone else.



22 Aug 2020 15:29:01
Milot Rashica has reportedly told Werder Bremen to accept the bid from Aston Villa.

1.) 22 Aug 2020 15:46:58
Mark, where did you get that snippet from?

2.) 22 Aug 2020 15:57:06
AVFC transfer news and Rumours “ top stories”, go into the latest on Billing and you’ll see it was apparently reported by Kosovan sources about an hour ago.

3.) 22 Aug 2020 16:14:12
Thanks hopefully it’s tight but I’ll not get to excited until it happens.

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that his preferred destination will not pay the 25M asking price - he is certainly not in a position to tell his club to "accept the Aston Villa offer".}

4.) 22 Aug 2020 16:26:49
It could all be a ploy to get Leipzig to make a move.

{Ed002's Note - Smokescreens and ploys don't happen I am afraid (unless you are a Liverpool supporter - and then everything is a conspiracy as well).

5.) 22 Aug 2020 16:34:19
Lol, I take it you’re not a Liverpool supporter Ed.
Regarding Rashica, do you think we’ve got any chance of getting him?

{Ed002's Note - I think it will be very difficult - Rashica wants the RB Leipzig move but the clubs remain €5M apart. He wants to be playing in the Champions League which will not help the cause.}

6.) 22 Aug 2020 17:06:45
Thanks Ed, it was reported a short while ago that Rashica’s stance hasn’t changed. So sadly I think you’re right, and I think Villa need to channel their energies into finding a realistic alternative, this saga has gone on long enough.

7.) 22 Aug 2020 18:08:15
Mark I absolutely agree we should have moved on a long long time ago when he first said he wasn’t interested hopefully Leipzig won’t budge on the fee and he’s left high and dry with Werder Bremen wishful thinking I know but there you go.

8.) 22 Aug 2020 18:59:28
Unfortunately another click baiting story by the looks of things. However the interesting thing about this is, I haven’t seen anything about it on sky sports or any of the rated sports channels. the Birmingham Mail seem to be single handily Driving the propaganda campaign on this one lol. I would focus our efforts on other players, if the offers on the table, let WB decide. In other news we have also been linked with billing any truth in this?

9.) 22 Aug 2020 19:23:56
Billing is a very good DM imo but after Luiz's massive improvement I can't see it being worthwhile.

10.) 23 Aug 2020 09:22:31
As a rule of thumb, I wouldn’t trust 99% of things that are on AVFC Transfer News and Rumours.



10 Aug 2020 21:35:22
James Chester signed for Stoke City today on a permanent deal.
He was a great Villa servant who always gave his all, and led by example.
He was a really nice guy with it too and had a great sense of humour, rare virtues indeed.
Best of luck Chessie 👍.

1.) 10 Aug 2020 21:44:16
My apologies that should have been Chezzy 😁.

2.) 11 Aug 2020 09:03:07
Rolls Royce of a centre half in the championship. Proper professional, damaged his health and future career to play for us, couldn’t ask for more. Hope he goes on to achieve with Stoke, he deserves it.



10 Aug 2020 19:06:08
Now that the Sancho deal looks dead, is there a possibility that Man U will come back in for Grealish? They are completely different in terms of style of play and play in different positions though, so I would doubt it.
What are your thoughts on this Ed’s?

{Ed002's Note - Grealish is unrelated to Sancho.}

1.) 10 Aug 2020 20:24:07
Well you never know Ed, they could be distant cousins 😁.



29 Jul 2020 14:32:23
What’s the verdict on Eberechi Eze from QPR? Apparently he’s attracting a lot of interest, including from us. I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of him to be honest but he is being touted as a possible replacement for Grealish apparently. It would appear he’s provided a lot of assists and has scored his fair share of goals too. It’s said that he can be effective as an attacking midfielder and can also play out on the left, so similar to Grealish in that respect.
It’s reported that QPR will want around 20 million. He is still young at 22, so could be an interesting one.

1.) 29 Jul 2020 14:54:05
Mark, I watch quite a bit of championship football and from what I have seen he seems decent, a technical type very rangy and has a languid running style I don’t think he is that pacy he certainly doesn’t seem to run at players the way that Jack does but he is a creative type and see’s a pass I certainly think he is worth consideration if Benrahma doesn’t happen but the big question is as with all Championship players can they make the step up When I thought we were destined to be relegated and that Jack was going and Benrahma wasn’t likely to happen I did identify Eze as one we ought to consider looking at.

2.) 29 Jul 2020 15:09:19
Yes Mark, he is a half decent player mate, and stays on his feet more than grealish does.
He is strong and direct, and in my opinion thinks a bit quicker, and gets things moving.
He scored against us at VP in a 2-2 draw.
West Ham are showing a big interest, so moving down the road might be his better option.

3.) 29 Jul 2020 15:57:04
Decent looking player, not a winger but more of a wide attacking midfield player (so not sprinting down the wing, more of a technical player) . Jack wants to play number 8, so if he stays Eze could be the one who actually plays wider, or someone of his ilk. I think that's the type of player we need to bring in to keep Jack, a winger/ attacking mid to allow Jack to play centrally.

4.) 29 Jul 2020 18:28:55
Thanks for the feedback guys, I think what is interesting is that you all seem to think he’s technically up there, which as we we’ll know is important in the Premier league and something we lacked a bit. He is young and still has his best years to come, definitely a possibility I think.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s playoff at Brentford to take a look at Benrahma in particular. If Brentford fail tonight, I would think a few phone calls to the Brentford hierarchy might be in order. 👍.

5.) 29 Jul 2020 21:55:35
Boys and girls, if any of you think Eve would choose us over a club in London then your dreaming, only if they supported us or had a family connection, or as usual if we pay big wages will a play like Eve or Benerama come to us, maybe if we had European football that would help too, but in a straight choice, any player in London will want to stay in London, sad but true.




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02 Apr 2021 12:29:03
Looks likely that Wesley will get a start for the u23’s this afternoon, so good luck big fella.

1.) 02 Apr 2021 14:21:19
Yes Mark, he also had a run out against the Tesco bags last week, It was a pre-arranged friendly I think mate.

2.) 02 Apr 2021 15:08:53
I know Dave but the Wolves youngsters will probably be a greater challenge than the Sandwell Tesco bags 😁.

3.) 02 Apr 2021 15:43:47
Got it, see your point 👍😂.

4.) 02 Apr 2021 16:11:05
2-0 to us so far with goals from Kessler and Barry 👍.



06 Mar 2021 16:35:40
Very pleased to see that Morgan Sanson will start today’s game, about time 👍.



03 Mar 2021 22:15:18
Just to let you all know Guilbert is doing really well at Strasbourg and tonight he scored the winning goal against Monaco. A terrific strike from outside the box.

1.) 03 Mar 2021 22:17:37
And compare that to Elmo Mark?

Should of tried harder to convince him to stay till the end of the season.

2.) 03 Mar 2021 22:34:47
Strasbourg are playing 3 at the back, allowing Guilbert to play a wing back role, which seems to suit him perfectly.
I agree Smithy, we could certainly do with him at the moment, I’ve always rated him and he shouldn’t have been 3rd choice right back in my opinion.

3.) 03 Mar 2021 23:52:33
It was bad judgment letting him go on loan, should of learned from our injuries last year. I would of like to see him and Matty on the same side for games where we would struggle defensively.



23 Feb 2021 17:54:47
I’m surprised that Jack has got shin splints, because they’re usually associated with running on hard surfaces such as pavements and roads, not on turf. I remember suffering with them in my younger days when training for half and full marathons. They aren’t pleasant and don’t go away in a hurry. 🥺.

{Ed001's Note - I suffer with them as well, but it can simply be down to a changed gait. Mine was caused by knee problems meaning I couldn't walk normally. Grealish maybe has a similar thing but the new pitches are so hard that it could simply be down to the pitch.}

1.) 23 Feb 2021 18:12:40
Thanks for that Ed, do you know of any other players who suffer with the same problem?

{Ed001's Note - Forest's Joe Lolley does off the top of my head. It was shin splints that forced Rob Jones to retire in the past.}

2.) 23 Feb 2021 18:37:18
That is a bit of a worry, Lolley was a really good player a few seasons ago, but really does seem to have gone off the boil now, for quite some time. Thanks again Ed.

{Ed001's Note - it was the shin splints that caused it. He can't play without pain.}



13 Feb 2021 14:34:18
Apparently Alisson Becker is taking his shower with the Leicester lads, after his latest
error. No doubt then, he’ll drop the soap and when he picks it up, he’ll pass it to Vardy 😂.




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08 Apr 2021 09:10:54
I do like to read a bit of positivity Biggles, well said indeed. As Dave said BigToneAV, a few of us on here have been advocating trying the youngsters out between now and the end of the season. I think it would keep the regulars on their toes and help keep a high tempo on the pitch as well. It would be a shame if the season just fizzled out without trying something different. Nice to know there’s somebody else on board with the same view. 👍.



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23 Feb 2021 17:16:28
Ok, my apologies, it’s just that Ed001 made reference to a new Ed this morning. Perhaps we can work on you becoming a Villa supporter 😁.

{Ed077's Note - Unlikely nay Impossible mate. But appreciate the thought. And no need to apologise mark



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23 Feb 2021 17:04:38
Are you our new Ed? if so welcome on board mate.

{Ed077's Note - I am the editor of the masses mark. But I am not a Villa supporter if you meant in that way:-P



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23 Feb 2021 16:43:53
It was obvious to most Villa fans that both Gueye and Veretout were excellent players, and they’ve gone on to have successful careers at PSG and Roma. Unfortunately they were largely surrounded by mediocrity when they were with us, and we were unable to match their ambitions. Neither would be out of place in the current squad though, and I would be more than happy if we could bring a few more of their calibre and ambition in this Summer.

{Ed077's Note - Well said mark.



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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. 🤞🏻.




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17 Apr 2021 11:50:43
Sorry Ed, forgot to say thanks 👍.



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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.



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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.



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16 Apr 2021 13:19:03
Short of writing it out all again, I don’t know how to do that Ed.
No worries mate, it doesn’t matter.

{Ed002's Note - Cut and paste it.}



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16 Apr 2021 12:56:43
I don’t suppose you could move this post could you Ed.
I didn’t realize VillaDave was going to start a new thread on the same topic. If it could be moved to just under rk’s post at 12: 31: 59, it would be very much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - That is not possible. Just repost it Mark.}