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27 Sep 2020 13:33:17
Apparently Alli is available and Chris Sutton has suggested he could come to us.
I know we were linked to him when he was at MK Dons but for me he is by far the most overrated player in the league.

He had one good season as an unknown but has been found out regularly ever since. Plays like a beemer/ merc/ audi driver who thinks they're all that because they've "made it".


1.) 27 Sep 2020 13:46:50
Alli is a good player had a poor season last year but before that I think his stats since he joined Spurs stand comparison with anyone playing in that type of role. I think he struggles with how Mourinho wants him to play, however I am not sure he is what we need right now, I would rather we bought a wide man and moved Jack into a more central position where I think he can create more havoc.

Just as an aside, I drive a Mercedes but I certainly don’t think I have “made it“ lol 😊.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 15:30:33
We want footballers not Boxers. 😊.

3.) 27 Sep 2020 15:31:57
Joking aside, totally agree John.

4.) 27 Sep 2020 16:09:49
Agree John, no doubt he improves us, but it’s one of the last positions we need improving in.

I rate Alli, just think he’s only really played in his position for two seasons. Did pretty well, and because of that success he just kept getting pushed further forward and then out wide which just never worked. He’s a number 8, old school, box to box, from a time when centre mids were expected to do both, go forwards and backwards, that’s how he made his name and needs to get back to it to see the best of him.

There are big questions about his attitude, seems pretty childish on the all or nothing documentary.



27 Sep 2020 13:32:09
The Sun obviously have their biases but are normally clued in on transfers. The Scottish Sun claim Brighton have expressed an interest in Edouard. Maybe that makes him available for less than we thought? No way they pay the expected £40mill on a player.




12 Sep 2020 10:15:28
I see Noel Whelan is up to his old tricks again. Claims Wilson not happening meant we panic bought our second choice.
Obviously does zero research before spouting off when Watkins was clearly our main transfer target from day 1.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 10:36:54
The guy is an irrelevant cretin. The man is robbing a living. Every man and his dog knew Watkins was Smith’s number one target.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 11:47:43
Agree ant, the Watkins deal took at least 2 weeks to thrash out it was almost there before any bid went in for Wilson, isn’t whelan a Leeds fan? Nothing but jealousy they couldn’t even convince their manager to stay on for more than 1 year cause he knows they going to do a Norwich and go straight back down😂😂.

3.) 12 Sep 2020 12:04:46
Just for clarity Whackattack Bielsa only ever signs 1 year contracts so it’s nothing to do with his lack of faith in his team, and I for one don’t think they will go down in fact I think they are more likely to do a Wolves or Sheffield Utd. Bielsa is a class act.

4.) 12 Sep 2020 12:07:02
I can never understand why ex-pros are considered experts in the transfer market. I don’t think they have any more idea than the rest of us and clearly don’t research much, if anything.

Kevin Phillips suggests we made a massive mistake in missing out on Callum Wilson. Well, firstly the guy didn’t want to move to Villa and, secondly, he has a paltry scoring record in the EPL, managing double figures once. All the Sky and Talk Sport place the guy on a pedestal as some phenomenal goal scorer. Complete tosh.

5.) 12 Sep 2020 12:35:42
If Wilson had stayed with Bournemouth for this season, I doubt that he would have scored half the number of goals Watkins scored last season.

6.) 12 Sep 2020 14:06:06
I do agree villajohn he is a good manager I was just having a pop at Leeds, wasn’t his last contract for 2 years with option to extend by 1 year, well so say the article about him signing the extension anyways, honestly I can’t see them doing a Sheffield or wolves he’s not as good a man manager as wilder or nuno, they threw away automatic promotion last year then rubbish themselves in the playoffs, and started to slip a bit this year also into the new year, bilic was also a good manager with Fulham but it didn’t save him, 1 thing for sure I think this year’s premier league will be tougher than last years, looking through the fixtures there’s none looking to easy, my money is on West Ham Fulham Brighton West Brom and Leeds to slug it out down the bottom, what u guys think who will be in the relegation battle?

7.) 12 Sep 2020 18:32:15
Look at Bielsa’s record, wherever he has been he has had success and he plays a brand of entertaining football which is why he is such a sought after manager. I have even heard Klopp refer to him as world class so that’s good enough for me. Time will tell whether Leeds tsurvive or not it I think they will even if it’s only because there are 3 worse teams which I think will be West Ham, Fulham and Albion I also have a sneaking feeling Brighton might struggle as well.



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.




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30 Dec 2021 18:03:36
It makes you wonder why Pep would bring up the 5 subs again and then only use 1 in total across 2 matches.


1.) 01 Jan 2022 08:55:13
rkn, I saw a report this morning that SG is in favour of 5 subs.

2.) 01 Jan 2022 09:56:13
Although Tuchel has been overly whingey lately I have to agree with some of what he is saying.
You look at what happened in their match against Brighton and what is happening at Norwich and Leeds and its clearly reached a point of being too much.
The 5 subs for the time being would allow clubs to rotate more, starting matches with slightly weaker teams but getting 20-40 minutes into the returning players rather than risking them for 60+ minutes.
I also don't think the City squad strength argument is relevant in the current situation. The majority of opposition are now at a point where they are playing what they have and can't afford more injuries. Man City can rotate 50% of their team each game anyway, so strangely, I think it actually benefits others more than them now.

3.) 01 Jan 2022 12:56:21
I agree RK. It hit me suddenly this morning how we are having more vivid related postponement’s this season.

4.) 01 Jan 2022 14:16:18
Sorry meant “Covid”



14 Dec 2021 20:57:57
Does anyone actually train these officials? Assistant ref basically standing in the quadrant every time Dougie tried taking a corner.




11 Dec 2021 16:31:20
So much diving! And shouting about our players time-wasting when taking exactly the same amount of time as they are.




31 Oct 2021 21:55:27
It's funny how Smith made almost every change fans demanded as far as C.V. and jnjuries allowed and he's the one who is still clueless.
Other than a lump that can head a ball Hause offers nothing for me. Targett gets a lot of slack but nobody pointing to Bailey for not covering on the first goal.
Cash also getting credit but at the same time he's become selfish since scoring meaning he takes wild shots when someone else has an easy tap in.
Midfielders keep marking people already marked by defenders which I don't for one second believe Smith coaches them to do.
He needs to make big calls now to stop the vultures. I would bring El ghazi back in for Buendia as he at least scores goals that win us points.
Only Watkins and Nakamba get credit from me. Konsa mopped up as usual prior to the ridiculous sending off but needed to be the voice we missed with Mings being on the bench.
Smith is trying to make big calls but the players keep letting him down. He can change formations and personnel until the cows come home but it is up to the players on the pitch to find space, play the right pass and mark the right man.


1.) 01 Nov 2021 00:02:24
Best post Iv seen so far . As you say Deano did all that posters have been calling for . Buendia and Bailey not had a lot of game time and it showed . As you say you can coach, all you want, but it’s then up to the players to carry it out . Main problem seems to be confidence,
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

2.) 01 Nov 2021 02:31:54
No the main problem is that the players don’t look like they want to play for the manager.
That’s when it’s the end of the road, minimal effort from too many.
To defend a man who brought on Ashley young in the midfield which was going to be won on physicality and the ability to pick up the first and second ball was such a bad call.

3.) 01 Nov 2021 06:20:34
While I did not agree with bringing on Young I thought he did just as good a job as Ramsey would have done.
A shaky few minutes to start where he was giving the ball away but he was full of running. He dragged us up the pitch a couple of times and pressed as much as possible with no support.
I would have liked Young to use his experience and take on the organiser role that nobody else was taking responsibility for. I was surprised he didn't.
Smith clearly needs to find a solution but the question still remains; If Smith is clueless, what does that make the scathing fans who called for every one of those changes that he was previously too clueless to make?

4.) 01 Nov 2021 07:46:16
RK Smith's game management and his inflexibility in formation has always been a concern for fans - The "he did what fans wanted" arguement doesn't really apply because the fans (at least the fans I see on this site) are not criticising Smith for not playing 4-3-3 (despite it being the obvious formation for the squad we have) it's the fact that it takes him 7 games to realise something isn't working. Smith finds something that works in one game and then copy and pastes that same approach until we lose 3 games in a row and he is forced to change. I want Smith to succeed as much as anybody but this narrative that he can do no wrong because he "is one of us" by some Villa fans (not you) is getting tiresome. We've lost 4 in a row and we are on the brink of a relegation dogfight with a squad that contains Martinez, Konsa, Bailey, Ings, Watkins, Buendia and a host of other international players and some fantastic youth products - At some point we have to look at Smith's tactics, his substitutions, how he is handling some players etc. He deserves lots of respect from the Villa faithful but there are recurring question marks about his management style that need to be addressed or he will lose his job, and deservedly so.

5.) 01 Nov 2021 10:02:24
I fully agree that he needs to find something that will get this team results or it will be the end of him.
I just feel that I can't see who else would make that much of a difference in the long term that is attainable. A different manager could put their own tactics in place but it still doesn't stop the players making bad decisions when it comes to rushing passes and not closing down an opponent properly.

6.) 01 Nov 2021 13:32:28
Rk agree and it screams the players are not good enough, closing down creating space and passes are basic and we don't do them well enough.



25 Sep 2021 14:50:26
I didn't think we could employ a 3-5-2 without a full pre season of it but fair play we can even beat 12 men now. Mike Dean was absolutely atrocious but we did the job.
Conversion rate compared to last season is a minor concern but hopefully Watkins finds his feet soon and gets back to his best.
Ramsey all action again but a bit like Trez could do with some additional coaching on end product.
Results matter and the tactic is working but it does seem like poor planning to load up on wide players if we're not going to use them. Management have said they want to increase the value of players but our biggest outlays have been on players that will end up losing value at this rate.
Despite the last point I'm an extremely happy fan after the last couple of weeks. We've gone back to having an attacking intent but with a level of results to back it up unlike our first season back.





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28 Apr 2021 22:31:11
Wes Edens basketball team suggedt that also John, they took a young coach and focused on the money moneyball tactic with the players until it clicked. I imagine he's probably the more hands on of the owners with that experience and he's recently done an interview backing the stats based approach.




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27 Apr 2021 22:03:16
Dave, I know you haven't said he needs replacing now but you also said he needs to change something or he would need to be.
If the players pick their form back up and we add, as expected, in the summer then would the system and other things still need to change? Smith has seen that the players can go on a good run with how it is. Ripping up the hymn sheet doesn't stop them passing to the advertising hoardings when they get a rush of blood or aren't focusing properly.
Klopp has players out injured and out of form. People suggest the high line isn't helping but a lot of people would also suggest they'd probably still ship goals regardless with the second rate defenders that are having to play.




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27 Apr 2021 20:41:00
So 2 managers who are no longer with us? Very great managers but I was looking for something more in the now as you say he has to learn to change or be replaced by someone who will.
Klopp didn't change his tactics and Liverpool have suffered this season. People have questioned the high line and him not changing tact but is anybody questioning his managerial abilities or suggesting he is on borrowed time because of it?




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27 Apr 2021 19:25:07
Dave, please name a manager in the Premier League (or anywhere) who has majorly changed their system and selections based on a run of iffy form.
Managers have their ideas and they stick by them. We can disagree with them but other managers can't be better in that regard when they don't do it either.
Other managers may have a system which works better for certain teams, may have better training methods or get their ideas across better or the big one, just have better players who've played together for a longer period of time.




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10 Nov 2020 15:49:49
There's a chance but I think the results are there because we've mostly played teams we can counter. Leeds and Southampton showed we can be naive when the other team set up to block.
Top 10 should be the aim if we can maintain our levels and anything more is gravy.





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16 Jan 2022 09:53:17
It might be that he's only just become comfortable letting the team off the leash in the last couple of games but on the whole I feel that Gerrard has taken more of a sit deep and soak up pressure approach so far.




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16 Jan 2022 07:28:44
Fair enough lord but you can surely see why it seems a strange time to mention it?
The same with 'sit back and counter'. At Old Trafford earlier in the season we were playing with 7 or 8 players in their half for most of the game.
There may have been games where it was the tactic but on the whole it was the players dropping deeper every match and not backing themselves.




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15 Jan 2022 22:34:09
Lord, in response to your Smith comment, he was the one that beat United with the high press.
Gerrard said we were passive but for me it's his focus on being compact that has led to us playing defensively against them and allowing them chances.
We should have won Monday and did well to get a point today so there are positives but I don't think you can use it as a dig against Smith when we beat them with him in charge.




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15 Jan 2022 20:07:46
Fair play to Ramsey in that 10 minute spell.
I'm still torn on him though as if anything he was a symptom of the same Villa we have watched for several years. He did very little for an entire half and gave the ball away too often. Second half when we're losing he decides to wake up.
I'd still prefer to start Sanson next game. I felt of the 3 he was the one that ran the game today. He was blamed for the second goal but he was under pressure and Mings had the head start if he'd actually come to the ball so I don't believe it was Sansons fault.




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15 Jan 2022 18:55:35
Of the 25 men on that pitch everyone has been rubbish except Buendia, Telles and de gea.
Officials again showing their ineptitude. The ball didn't do a full rotation on their free kick for the goal. We almost scored from a corner when Konsa had kicked it out. Blatant foul throw missed and they almost scored from a free kick when their player was flying in like the karate kid just before dignes foul.