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17 May 2020 09:06:06
If we stay up and get the reported £80mill asking price for Jack who do we think we could realistically bring in?
I think our starting lineup could look like this (Dunk being less likely with the owners strategy of younger players but best option within budget imo) .
Guilbert Dunk Mings Targett
Rashica Mcginn Benrahma
Samatta Wesley

El Ghazi

Only one cm on bench as both starting wingers could slot into that central position.

We could stick with Konsa who has been decent and look at right back instead but I'm struggling to think of any great options available less than £20mill who are significant upgrades.


1.) 19 May 2020 14:27:37
Not a bad line up however I would take a couple of players from Utd for Jack so I would ask for Axel and Chris Smalling.

I like you I know he is outside the age bracket but it gives us some premier league experience which we have been crying out for at the back, and ask for £55 million I would also ditch Wesley Engels Trezeguet Taylor and El Ghazi And I would look to bring in Harry Wilson, Benrahma Barkley Mitrovic and Batshuayi and go 4 4 2.

I am sure there are lots of other ways we could go and it’s great to indulge in a bit of Fatasy football, but I think we can all agree that whatever we do we need to do something different next season.

2.) 19 May 2020 17:34:57
I think Wesley will grow and he has shown at times that coming short to bring people into play is his strength. Wesley deeper with Samatta running the channels could work.

Utd wouldn't give Axel and Smalling for a combined £25mill valuation and Smalling is even worse than what we have imo.
I don't think we'd get enough for the players you listed to buy all of your wish list and ditching both wingers for Benrahma and Wilson would still leave us short in that department.

While his defensive work is poor you can't argue with the fact El Ghazi has won us points at the other end so should keep him for backup/ rotation.

3.) 20 May 2020 14:25:50
Smalling available for £15 mill apparently he has had a decent season with Roma and he certainly isn’t as error strewn as Engels. In terms of cover for the wingers I would use Louie Barry and Green as cover after extending his contract . I don’t think el ghazi or tres does enough at either end of the pitch although tres works hard that isn’t enough in the prem imo. However that’s the beauty of this is it’s all about opinions.

4.) 20 May 2020 18:19:55
With you on that John.

5.) 21 May 2020 06:19:53
Barry isn't really a winger, he can play on the outside of a 3 at a push but he's a number 9 through and through.
I liked Green for us at times in the championship but it worries me he can't even get into a struggling Preston team now. May be a case of just not the right fit and his pace works better for our counter attacks but you'd have thought if he was that good they'd play him.



25 Dec 2019 01:06:16
Maybe controversial but with the lack of pace in our side does anyone else think that the fact we have one of the biggest pitches is working against us?
Worked wonders with Young, Milner, Downing and Gabby but we're a completely different team now, may be worth looking at reducing the dimensions closer to the minimum limit which most bottom half teams tend to do.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 15:58:40
Seriously? I think you're clutching at straws fella or taking the p***.
The problem is playing championship football with mainly championship footballers under a championship manager. Result? Well I think we all know where we're heading.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 17:11:38
Clearly sensible people saw something in it. One thing clearly isn't going to solve everything but at least giving quick players less space and our not quick players a chance to get to the ball first is a small step towards a solution.
Everything at this level of football is minor tweaks, major overhauls statistically fail regularly so why not try things which could help.
Complaining about things while offering zero solutions gets you absolutely nowhere.



13 Sep 2019 06:28:05
The anti villa camp in the ref association has hit a new low. For Mike Riley to come out and say there have only been 4 mistakes with VAR and obvious errors and Jack's 'dive' to not be one of them is nothing short of scandalous.


1.) 13 Sep 2019 14:31:20
Echoed mate.

{Ed001's Note - the whole thing was a joke. There were loads of obvious ones they missed. PGMOL protecting its members rather than doing its job.}

2.) 16 Sep 2019 12:51:59
Hi Guys, the way i understand it is that VAR could not get involved in this decision as the referee had stopped play.

If he hadnt, the goal would have stood after VAR review.

I think what this shows is that play needs to be continued beyond a possible VAR intervention rather than the referee just stopping the game. However, how can this by appropriately implemented?


{Ed001's Note - they could get involved with the decision as it should have been a free kick on the edge of the box to Villa. They are making up nonsense as they go to protect the incompetence of their officials. The goal would not have stood, but you should have had a free kick or possibly a penalty, depending on where it was decided the offence took place.}

3.) 16 Sep 2019 18:04:59
Simply put, they are in a position to say 'you got it wrong' and should do. Yes, the ref was a Wally and shouldn't have whistled when he did but the VAR could at least confirm which way the infringement actually occurred ie foul or dive.
I get that they don't want to negate the position of the ref by overruling everything but if you're going to implement it, use it properly.
Get the senior refs in there who don't have the legs anymore and have them properly advise on what the call should be. 2 birds with one stone, VAR does its job and younger refs get effective on the job training.

{Ed001's Note - I have also been saying that they should get older refs in there. But one thing that made me laugh is they have Lee Probert unavailable to referee due to a bad back and they also say he is not fit enough to be in the VAR studio! Surely he could still do that?}

4.) 16 Sep 2019 19:37:41
I'd put Dermot in there, his Ref Watch feature on Sky Sports is a good read. His analysis shows that while he's sympathetic to what the ref can see in real time he will still call them out on it.

{Ed001's Note - any of the retired ones. They might have missed things on the pitch, but that is in real time, with a video to watch they should be able to spot things.}



05 Jul 2019 17:41:54
If the reported £15mill for Maupay is true then I'm astonished we haven't done a deal yet. We spent £22mill on a striker with half the goals in a less competitive league. The big man might work out better for the system but with Maupay also being young that £15mill could be a real bargain.


1.) 05 Jul 2019 21:47:25
You may have read it wrong, we offered 15m, they want a lot lot more, according to papers, hence why we’ve walked away.

2.) 05 Jul 2019 22:53:06
The wording of reports I've seen is that we're not convinced at that price. Obviously the media pages are normally off with their valuations (Nakamba seems to have gone from £25mill to £6 mill from what I've seen) but just commenting on what they're saying.

3.) 06 Jul 2019 02:06:30
How can you say wesley hasn't done it he's scored goals in champions league and europa league so he's proven in europe.

4.) 06 Jul 2019 08:25:35
13 goals in the Jupiter League doesn't scream prolific and consistent.
Also, having scored in a competition against decent sides doesn't make you proven otherwise that Burton player who scored against City should be a PL player now.
My point isn't to drag Wesley down, he clearly has some talent and attributes the club want in the team but can we not agree that Maupays consistency at finding the net along with his ability on the counter makes him worth 15-20mill when comparing values.

5.) 06 Jul 2019 13:32:51
Not really mate i don't know what the thing is with maupay the way people go on about him is like he's messi if he was that good why haven't other big clubs put bids in apart from shef united, wesley a target man and plays in a front 2 which is probably going to happen at villa that's why were going to sign a speedie poacher fox in the box to go with him.

6.) 06 Jul 2019 13:35:25
Theres better strikers avaiable than him.

7.) 06 Jul 2019 14:51:22
He is unlikely to score 20 goals in the Prem but he's young and would be a perfect alternative to Wes. From what I've seen we have been linked with Gomez (expensive and too similar to Wesley), Austin (injury prone) and Roofe (inconsistent) . Who is realistically available that would be better and reliable? Most of the options I can think of are now injury prone has-beens.
I don't think anyone considers Maupay close to Messi but he is proven in Smith's system and has played with Jota before so will already have an understanding with him.

8.) 06 Jul 2019 16:51:42
Lookman from everton, gayle, marega from porto, moises kean from juve, leo from lille all good options.



16 Jun 2019 23:35:00
Danny Mills claiming Phillips is better than Mcginn and would replace rather than join him in the middle 3. He may cost us more but I disagree that he is better, Mcginn dropped off a little at the end of the season but there were games without Jack where it almost looked like Mcginn was the only player on the pitch he controlled them so much. I was surprised not to see him in the TOTS.


1.) 17 Jun 2019 16:32:40
Danny Mills knows jack sh.
There would be room for both McGinn and Phillips if we sign him.
I would play McGinn in a more advanced roll, where I think he does more damage anyway.
Problem solved.
I just wish these so called experts would shut up, I think Ronaldo is a better all round player than Messi, others would disagree.

2.) 17 Jun 2019 22:27:01
Phillips as the number 6 guarding the back four and starting attacks, Mcginn as the number 8 box to box midfielder and grealish as the number 10 who plays more advanced, simple really, Danny Mills is just another pundit who hasn’t got a clue and is only in the role because their a former player. Maybe I have OCD but would love it if the players shirt numbers actually represented their positions next season, the formation we play now suits the tradition squad numbers perfectly.




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27 Jun 2020 14:40:33
Don't worry everyone 4-4-2 solves everything, or it just leads to an even duller match with less attacking threat.


1.) 27 Jun 2020 15:28:36
That`s not the case at all rk, and you know it.
What people were asking for, was the Manager to try something different.
There is only so much you can do with a bunch of very average players, none of whom deserve their wages.
It shows when for the last 10 minutes, we had every attacking option available to us on the pitch, and we still didn`t force a save from their keeper.
We are down, and we deserve nothing more.

2.) 27 Jun 2020 15:28:51
Smith tried something new today and it didn't work but deserves credit for showing flexibility - The buck for our current situation will fall with him, and rightly so, but the players need to have a good look at themselves, with the exception of Luiz and Mings none of them looked remotely bothered today. We are going down with a whimper and everybody at the club, top to bottom should be ashamed mate!

3.) 27 Jun 2020 18:07:08
Our only attacking threat all season has come from wide areas due to the ineptitude of our midfielders in passing the ball. We took that away and look what happened.
The players were to blame before but you blamed the system, the same players played worse in a different system but now it's not the system. Inconsistency is bad debate, just hold your hands up and say "I'm glad we tried but unfortunately it didn't work".
I said it was too late to play something different due to the settling in period required and today proved it.

4.) 28 Jun 2020 10:23:24
I think your missing the point though RK, some fans have been calling for some flexibility (not just 4-4-2) for the majority of the season and when it arrives it's in game 32 of 38 and against bloody Wolves. You were right, it was too late, my point is and always has been "why didn't it happen earlier", "why didn't Smith show this flexibility earlier in the season", "why after 3 months of team planning did we revert to old ways"? And that sits with Smith! Today screams desperation from a man who is out of ideas? And we ended up back in his usual formation later in the game anyway, to no effect whatsoever!

Do we know for certain that another manager couldn't get a tune out of those players, it's not too long ago that fans were slagging Luiz and he's looking like an outstanding prospect since we returned (which Smith deserved credit for) - Can you say with certainty that another manager couldn't keep us up? We are in the bottom 3 on goal difference, under Smith we are down, I'm sure you can accept that, do we accept our fate and plan for the Championship or do we twist and see if another manager can get us over the line to Safety? If we are going down I want us to go down fighting, that's the bare minimum, that is not happening under Smith, at least show some fight lads!

5.) 28 Jun 2020 22:24:59
You were still calling for the change in formation to happen now despite it being too late.
Wolves had a lead to protect in those last 20 minutes we changed so the gaps down the side were no longer there as they parked the bus and more.
Until we're out of reach then we're not gone. Wolves was never a game to target for definite points anyway. Palace, Everton and West Ham are. 7 from 9 in those games and we probably stay up. There is not an immediately available manager out there who would come to us who could do any better of a job with these players with so few games left.



21 Jun 2020 19:11:25
I like Samatta and think over time he would come good so buying him in a summer and building a game plan that works for him would have made sense.
I'm feeling that a better January buy would have been Steven Fletcher, maybe Glenn Murray to fit the game plan better. Seeing what we lost when Davis went off we could really have done with an experienced physical player up there.


1.) 21 Jun 2020 19:30:32
I does not matter who we have, the will sit on the bench, our man Mr Smith, is set in his ways and does not change.
What about Baston, why get him when its obvious he will not play him.

2.) 21 Jun 2020 21:37:53
Only got Baston because he was free, don't even think Smith wanted him or maybe he was there as last resort due to Keinans injury record.
Being able to replace one with the other allows the dynamic to remain the same when one is tired. Replacing a hold up player with an "in behind" player clearly didn't work but we didn't have the right option off the bench.

3.) 21 Jun 2020 23:41:57
Well that`s not good then is it, that means he lied to us, he said we needed back up, we needed a striker, and he was available, and that he did fit the bill.
Don`t lie to the people that pay your wages, can`t anyone tell the truth anymore.



10 Mar 2020 08:22:05
Regardless of the performance, how is Michael Oliver still a referee, let alone Premier League? Multiple blatant dives and he gives the free kick, worst was Ndidi diving when Luiz was barely 3 yards away.
How VAR sticks by that penalty decision is beyond beggars belief.


1.) 10 Mar 2020 12:46:38
Rk you must have been listening to old dean to much starting to sound abit like him now! The truth is the players are rubbish and don’t want to fight for the club. In the real world if you don’t give 100 percent at your job you get sacked same should be with these waste of spaces! Going down going down going down.

2.) 10 Mar 2020 20:31:02
Where did I defend the team? I was taking the performance out of it, did not suggest in the slightest we would have got anything with another ref in charge.
Can we not criticize the bloke impersonating a professional referee separately to the ones masquerading as footballers?



16 Feb 2020 09:56:42
So apparently Sunday is the only day of the week we are yet to win on this season and we'll be only the second team to ever have the full house if we fix that.
Pointless achievement it may be but hopefully can use that as extra incentive.


1.) 16 Feb 2020 11:32:23
That’s an incredible statistic when you consider how many games we’ve actually won this season! 🤔.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 12:06:14
7 wins across 6 different days. To be fair, we've won more matches than Arsenal.



28 Dec 2019 18:26:39
We're back to all the trolls climbing out from under the bridge.
For peace of mind I think I'll join Flackie in the wilderness and support my club away from unconstructive hate.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 19:17:53
Can you understand us been annoyed I work my ass off in the freezing cold for minimum wage and go and watch that crap while they are all on 30k+ a week.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 19:19:53
rknewell, I have to say mate nobody on here or anywhere else for that matter is big enough or man enough, to to force me to give in and stop me from having an opinion or from making a point.
Ask yourself: if everyone had that ethic what's the point.
In my opinion your views are sensible, unbiased, and make good reading.
If you enjoyed this forum, you are the loser mate, nobody else.

3.) 28 Dec 2019 19:32:36
If that’s aimed at me I’ve been busy selling houses to Henry and whoever in Shirley. our transfer business in the summer was speculative when we should of been buying experience, if our owners have deep pockets then buying unproven players from lesser leagues than the Prem shoulda been backed up with experience. I don’t want Deano to go, I want us to stay up by the skin of out teeth if that’s what it takes, then try something different in the summer, be it a change of management or a clear out of players, short term I’d go 3-5-2 or 3-5-1-1 because our full backs can’t defend for toffee but are better going forward, a back 3 of any of the 5 centre halves we have, 1 DM + Grealish and another + 2 CFs, or El Ghazi behind a CF in a No10 role, all I can say really 🤷🏼‍♂️


4.) 28 Dec 2019 20:14:56
I think the issue is with the tactics, not the players lads - There is a side good enough to stay up there, I'm convinced - We need to move away from 4-3-3, it's not working, but will Smith? I doubt it!

5.) 28 Dec 2019 21:40:21
Thanks Dave. You are one of the handful that back up your opinion and offer something in return to a negative without just complaining.
Unfortunately whenever we go on a bad run the reasoned debates get overshadowed by the relentless lambasting from people who don't contribute any other time.
The players are lacking confidence to commit going forwards and the manager is stuck in limbo trying to patch holes rather than sticking to his guns with what was nearly but not quite working at the start of the season. Go down fighting as they say.
Currently have enough stresses between work and studying professional exams. Just feel a break from the negativity for a while is preferable at this time.
Ironically this seems to have sparked more reasoned solutions rather than complaints than I've seen for days.

6.) 29 Dec 2019 13:04:19
Thank you for your reply rk, appreciate it.
Best of luck with your exams mate, I have been there and know what it is like, Bookkeeping was my distraction.
Anyway, hope you have a rethink and look forward to having you back.
Take care mate.




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03 Jul 2020 19:52:54
What Burnley were and what they are now is different. Dyche was part of that and deserves credit.
You absolutely cannot deny the fact they consistently buy £10,15,20mill players now though and still that is sometimes wasted (Andre gray for instance)


{Ed001's Note - their biggest money signing this season was Brownhill for £9m, paid for by the sale of Heaton to you. They have bought just 5 players who cost £10m or more since the season Gray arrived, including Gray, in 2015. I would not call that consistent. I would also say that you have a strange idea of wasted money when they sold Gray for nearly double what they paid for him.}



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03 Jul 2020 18:46:08
Not like they don't spend, just not top 6 level spending, and isn't that exactly the same situation Smith came from?
Moyes hasn't done anything of note since leaving Everton.
Some managers are just best left to low budget teams because that's where they thrive with low expectations.


{Ed001's Note - you know Dyche took them over and they were literally bankrupt and he had to sell half the squad in his first season just to keep them alive. The reason they have money is because he has done so well, he never spends big, even after their relegation back down to the Championship. He got the club to invest first in infrastructure before he would spend on players.}



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28 Jun 2020 22:15:24
It was said from day 1 that he was there to coach.
He would have been asked what positions he feels need strengthening and the qualities he is looking for in that position.
The fact still remains that in the early interviews he clearly stated he would not be heavily involved in transfers and that was the system he was used to.




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21 Jun 2020 16:47:18
I would hazard a guess that they may investigate that clubs don't double or triple their wage expenditure during that period just because they aren't reviewed against their losses to stop people taking the micky.
Just wouldn't penalize them for losses outside of their control as difficult to prove what their ticket income would have been. Also a risk of sponsorships reducing dramatically without people in stadiums.




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21 Jun 2020 08:27:54
It has to be all clubs. No club can be self sustainable for a whole season if for a large chunk of that season they either can't have fans or are only permitted up to around 25% capacity.

They may still run the rule over ffp but using a 3 year period not including seasons affected by the virus. That means at least for next season and probably one after there would be no reviews as they've already been done.





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05 Jul 2020 19:16:58
You can't play open expansive football against Liverpool, it's suicide.
We did everything but finish our chances in the first half, the support up front was exemplary. Even the start of the second half we overloaded their defence but we're wasteful.
Our problem was that we did not replace tired players sooner. Grealish was playing half injured and still had a chance.
If we could have thrown the likes of Lansbury, Hourihane, Elmo and Samatta on around 65-70 minutes we could have had a chance.




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05 Jul 2020 18:38:43
Maybe he could have done better but expecting him to do everything is harsh. Taylor stopped several chances before that and both of those goals should have been stopped much earlier.
Reina should never have tried that lofted throw to Grealish leading to the free kick, there was no counter advantage to be gained.
Smith's major issue for me is his subs. It was difficult to drag someone off with how we performed for 60 minutes but as soon as they brought on the ringers we needed to do something.




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05 Jul 2020 18:02:06
Nobody expects us to beat Liverpool but fans of Brighton, Norwich, Sheffield United go into these games cheering for their team to give it their best shot. You know, real fans.




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05 Jul 2020 17:26:05
Decent enough first half and if Davis gambled on one we could be ahead. Not sure why he keeps dropping off in the box. Let the midfielder occupy the penalty spot area.




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03 Jul 2020 21:59:56
I think Jack trying to put himself in that bracket of players leads him to trying too hard to find the 'perfect' option even when it's not on. His shooting also suffers from similar issues when he tries so hard to find the corner that there's no pace on the shot.
Obviously it helps when teammates actually make those runs but sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate. Eventually teammates will know where you want to play it.
Jack's biggest strength is playing in tight gaps, winning set pieces and dragging the team forward.