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19 May 2022 22:19:52
Despite the penalty Beundia head and shoulders above everyone as man of the match but he'll be dropped again Sunday.




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.




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09 Apr 2022 18:33:34
Annoying that Konsa and Mings both switched off at the same time but pretty good otherwise.
I'm really struggling to understand what is going on with Ings. Is it pressure of playing for a bigger club? We bought him as an instinctive finisher and yet he fluffs everything for us when you know over 50% of his misses would have gone in at Southampton.


1.) 09 Apr 2022 19:08:18
This is why Conte gets paid big money. He took a gung ho team that shipped goals for fun and turned them into one that scores 3 goals from 3 chances.
Gerrard on the other hand should have either changed captain immediately or kept his mouth shut. While I normally defend Mings for his effort I can't defend him for 2 of those goals and I think it's clear his head wasn't 100% there.

2.) 09 Apr 2022 19:14:11
I seldom make comments on the site anymore, even though I read a lot of what is posted.
But the dross that I am watching is rediculous.
Our defence is like an broken gate. It can close but invariably
it is after the sheep have gone through.
I have always thought that we need a leader on the pitch who understands what football is all about.
Tonight is evidence that the gate has fallen off the hinges.

3.) 09 Apr 2022 20:03:06
I think this result highlights the job Gerrard has to do in terms of building a squad that can compete, I like Konsa but to my mind he was at fault for 3 of the goals today, the first a poor defensive header the second he didn’t challenge Kane and allowed him the flick on to Kulusevski and the third he wasn’t anywhere near Kane again for the flick on to Son I don’t know whether th rumours about him being surplus to requirements in the summer had drained his confidence but he isn’t the same player he was 12 months ago. With regards to the midfield I think we all recognise the obvious candidates to move on but for me if we sign Coutinho then I think we should sell McGinn as we won’t be able to play him in his best position I don’t think so and therefore let’s get good money for him and invest it in the rebuild. I would also get rid of Ings he doesn’t fit how Gerrard wants to play and to be honest if the price was right I would sell Watkins he works incredibly hard but his first touch isn’t the best and he doesn’t score enough. So for me in the summer our transfer priorities should be, Coutinho, a couple of defensive midfielders two quality strikers a wide man and a centre half as a bare minimum if we are to challenge to get in the top 10 let alone the top six

4.) 09 Apr 2022 20:38:16
As I said before stevie is playing with a broken fiddle. Someone please tell me how Ramsey stays on the pitch for 90 mins. Sorry gents he's overrated in my opinion. As for the rest this page isn't big enough. I'd keep martinez, cash, Digne and continuo, the rest can go to some other mid table wannabees
With any half decent strikers we'd have been out of site by halftime. With ant half decent Central defenders we would have conceded 3 of the goals. Rant over utv

5.) 10 Apr 2022 22:36:32
Absolutely agree regarding Ramsey, he has flashes in games but honestly he's nothing special. May upset some but its the reality unfortunately.

Mcginn anonymous again

Konsa getting worse

Watkins couldn't kick snow off a rope

Ings has become the polar opposite to the clinical goalscorer he was in the past

Bailey looks like he don't care whenever he plays

Never been a mings fan

Cash continues to win me over

Big changes needed again.

Would like to see sanson and marv play together as a pivot with mcginn more advanced, then coutinho, buendia with 1 of ings or Watkins up top before the seasons out.



19 Mar 2022 17:52:43
I gave Gerrard credit for the change to 2 up top but he screwed the pooch today.

As much as I support Konsa, why drop Chambers? Ings works better with number 10s, Watkins works better with wingers so how do you get it completely the wrong way around?

All of our recent success against Arsenal came from Smith enforcing a high press, the starting tactic I knew would take more luck than judgement and we didn't get it.

Yet again JJ gets overly praised and massively falls off, other than seeing the ball out for a goal kick a couple of times he did nothing for the team. Sanson needs to be given a chance now, if he's rubbish then fair enough but there's no good argument against him starting the next one.

Ref was awful, especially the card for Mings.


1.) 19 Mar 2022 18:17:02
Rk, i think Ramsey has got carried away in his own hype, he contributed very little yet again, along with Luiz they were poor defensively. They obviously can't be blamed for the whole performance and others were equally lacking. If there are no suitable replacements for Ramsey and Luiz we are in trouble and will continue at best in mid table. We need two quality midfielders as a minimum and at least two strikers, even with these i can't see us threatening the top eight next season. We played in to Arsenal hands with our slow tempo and they easily managed to completely negate any attacking threat because we were so slow and deliberate. Gerrard has to carry the can for the last two lack lustre performances, i would have been happy risking conceding a second goal if we had tried to attack Arsenal with a lot more intent.

2.) 19 Mar 2022 18:27:14
I don't know how much we need new midfielders, we just need to give chances to people.
Nakamba will be back after the international break, if he can play how he did before the injury then we're OK in that position. Sanson may not have a million goals and assists in his time on the pitch but he's also done very little that is overtly wrong when he's had the chance and at least gives it 100% all the time. If Gerrard doesn't want to play him then like Targett he deserves a chance to show what he's worth elsewhere.

3.) 19 Mar 2022 19:37:16
Rk, i couldn't agree more regarding Sansom

4.) 19 Mar 2022 19:55:17
Who'd have thought we'd agree this much a year ago ?

5.) 19 Mar 2022 22:27:08
RK Gerrard confirmed before the game that both Ings and Chambers were carrying small knocks, hence the change of personal and formation. Agree though, the two 10s does not work and needs to be scrapped.

Cafu, agree we need 2 Midfielders in the summer, I wouldn't be surprised to see the vast majority (if not all) of our budget go into midfield - Think McGinn needs to be relieved of his defensive duties and take the Ramsey role (a little further forward) next season. Wouldn't be shocked to see Ramsey get an improved contract and then a loan move to a promoted side next season.

Coutinho on a permanent, Saurez on a free and 2 Midfielders, I think we will definitely be after Bissoma and I wouldn't be surprised to see us move for Phillips at Leeds (although that would be a massive ask, think the top clubs will be interested and he's a ready made replacement for Rice should he leave West Ham).


Cash - Konsa - Mings -Digne





6.) 20 Mar 2022 06:59:00
I fast forwarded through the pre match stuff as got back late from furniture shopping with the missus so that's my bad.
There's almost no way we sign both Bissouma and Phillips on top of Coutinho. Assuming we did, you've got them the wrong way around as Phillips has shown for England that he can look pretty good when given the chance to join the attack.

7.) 20 Mar 2022 08:23:20
Well I'm not going to argue the hypothetical layout of my imaginary team RK - I don't think we will get both either but I do think we will bring in 2 midfielders in the summer, Bissoma the obvious one given we bid for him in the January. There will also be significant outgoings I'm sure, probably at a loss to what we paid sadly, but wouldn't be surprised to see some (not all) of Traore, Sanson, Bailey, Buendia, El Ghazi, Trez, Davis etc go which will generate funds to refine the squad. We've a massive summer ahead, we can't keep "rebuilding" constantly so need to get it right, and go big, hence the Phillips suggestion.

8.) 20 Mar 2022 12:13:31
Bk agree with the names on the clear out, with the exceptions of Buendia, think he still has a lot to offer, i also think Watkins should be moved on. His stats for yesterday were absolutely woeful and not for the first time, we will still get good money for him. I really don't know what's happened to him but he is a shadow of his former self. His control and holding the ball up have almost completely disappeared and he is just not up to the role.



13 Mar 2022 15:53:34
Too pedestrian. Midfield 3 sitting way too deep, Young never once looked forward and too many high balls against a team of thugs who thrive on that.
Ramsey has to come out next game, first goal comes again from him making zero defensive effort. Very talented but needs to be taught a lesson before he feels untouchable.


1.) 13 Mar 2022 16:32:31
Agreed however I think mcguin is playing a lot worse than young Ramsey

2.) 13 Mar 2022 17:05:40
Mcginn on a bad day still gets about the pitch and gets stuck in, his passing is generally more purposeful while JJ takes the simple pass all the time.
Sanson and Mcginn getting stuck in for the majority of the game with JJ to pick up the pieces in the second half is the way I'd go for a couple of games. We already have Coutinho as a bit of a passenger waiting for the right opportunity to show his quality, we can't really afford 2 against the better teams.

3.) 13 Mar 2022 19:06:21
Didn' see match so can't comment.
I just wanted to say that if we had to lose I am glad that Yarmolenko scored.
Support Ukraine.

4.) 13 Mar 2022 19:57:50
Bailey being too lightweight and quick to hit the deck caused the second one. I would've liked to have seen Buendia on for the first change

5.) 13 Mar 2022 21:19:35
I’m with you stew, Bailey has done very little to deserve to get on before Buendia, thought Buendia was very lively when he came on, set up 1 and almost scored another, needed longer on the pitch, couthinho looked a bit tired from the start I thought but 3 wins from last 4 so I’m not going to slate anyone, I think 9th is as good as we can finish at this point



10 Mar 2022 21:48:24
Credit to Gerrard for changing his game plan to suit the team over the last few games, it's really worked.




05 Mar 2022 17:13:40
That was one hell of a performance. Everyone, subs included, had an effect on the game.
It's nice to win a game because we make the opposition look average more than them having an off day. Southampton weren't their best but we made sure they couldn't play their way to that level.
Both strikers showing that we don't need anyone else as long as they get a chance, proof that as long as there is half decent service they are both natural finishers.
I was worried when half of our defence were missing but that shows we have good cover and the team understanding is there. Ashley made up for lack of pace with knowhow and Mings made sure he always had his back despite lack of gametime together.
Chambers was everywhere and showed his distribution skills which firmly puts him in line for the DM position.
Let's just hope we don't pull a Villa for the next game. We're a team that needs to maintain those levels regularly and I'd prefer we put them in against the likes of Leeds than Man City.


1.) 05 Mar 2022 18:23:49
RK, I agree I thought Mings, Chambers Cash and Young all played well considering we weren't under too much pressure. I thought Dougie played it simple today and it really suited him. I didn't think Mcginn and Ramsey were at their best today but did enough to support the rest. Good to see Ollie and Ings score and this can only build confidence, however i personally would prefer Buendia to start over ings. Finally we have one the most technically gifted footballers ever to grace our hallowed turf, what a performance, he is the difference between bottom half or top half of the table. Great performance tactically from Gerrard, he realised most possession and number of passes against a team like Southampton are not enough to determine the outcome of a game, good job all round.

2.) 06 Mar 2022 08:22:02
Just goes to show what the team can achieve when they all click, we remain very much a work in progress which is why we are so inconsistent, Gerrard needs more time and more transfer windows to mould the team/squad into the way he wants them to play. One thing we should try to do now is tie Coutinho down to a contract, I think that may be difficult but we at least need to try the guy is so creative we are a much better team with him in it.

3.) 06 Mar 2022 11:56:27
Loti i agree, i know we have first option to sign him in the summer, however if the big boys come a Knockin (home or abroad ) i'm not sure we would be able to fight them off. He has shown, in such a short time just how technically gifted he his, he is not far off as good as they come, i suppose at the moment we should just be grateful for his contribution this season and been able to watch him grace villa park.

4.) 06 Mar 2022 14:14:27
The ‘big boys’ are my worry hence my wanting to sign him now, however whilst I initially thought wages might be a problem we are apparently prepared to pay Kamara from Marseille £200,000 a week then a deal for Coutinho may well be possible. If we do sign him though it will be interesting to see what happens with Buendia it may be he will be added to the departure list.




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02 Jun 2022 09:39:46
That may or may not be the case but I think that's the same with most clubs.
Spurs second choice is a keeper we didn't trust in the championship. Liverpool are worried any time Alisson is out.
Outside of Leno, Henderson and Kepa I wouldn't say there's a number 2 you'd absolutely put your money on being as consistently good as the first choice. Palace maybe but that's more a case of Guaita not being top level so Butland doesn't look like a drop off in quality.


{Ed001's Note - Liverpool are not worried when Kelleher is in goal at all. He is an excellent young keeper. Most Liverpool fans just worry we will lose him as he could easily be first choice elsewhere. Leno and Kepa are both very poor keepers, I guess only as good as the first choice because Ramsdale and Mendy are both poor as well.}



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02 Jun 2022 08:20:40
Let's add up the total sum of those quotes.
'Would consider being a number 2 to a world class goalkeeper' meaning it's not really his first choice.
'Like Ramsdale or even Martinez' meaning if he is going to be a number 2 then he will prioritise Arsenal over us.
Foster will take his time, first waiting to see what first choice offers there are before then considering backup options.
Our current setup seems to be that we don't hang around as someone's fall back. If you're not saying yes early on then we're not interested. I like that approach as we are essentially likely to end up with mercenaries who don't put in any effort.




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01 Jun 2022 22:53:40
I think people are still stuck on thinking we are in a position to maintain 2 prem level starters in every position when we can only offer many of them league and FA Cup games.
Goalkeepers very rarely get injured so you only have 3 options. A young keeper who is still fairly green, a perennial number 2 or someone near the end of their career who is about to be dropped.
Foster doesn't fit any of those categories as he's still got at least another year of being a first choice and he's not the type to not take it.
Even Steer got fed up of not playing and moved on.
I've seen Emi concede worse goals but we don't criticise him. Olsen hadn't played a minute for us and didn't find out he was starting until last minute so was unlikely he'd have an absolute worldie. He's an international number one for a team that did well at the Euros and his experience at Roma means he's been around some good players and managers. He's unlikely to play much so its more about what he can bring in behind the scenes which is probably more than some other options that we could actually get to sit on the bench. £3m isn't much for his experience whuch can be used to help the young keepers.




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01 Jun 2022 17:05:04
I know he's not young but I can't see Foster wanting to be a second choice just yet. Olsen is at least used to that and despite a shaky start I thought he did alright against City for 70 minutes.




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26 May 2022 17:36:26
£26mill is fairly reasonable for his age, any more and we should have walked away.





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02 Jun 2022 18:51:14
Just stepped down from managing Blackpool and they've just had a pretty tidy season. As long as he's not waiting for another managerial role then it's a bit of a coup.




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01 Jun 2022 21:31:06
I'd recommend staying off Twitter BK, most of those are probably rival fans trying it on.
It's reasonable to discuss whether we'll achieve what we've been promised if we're missing a potentially key cog. If we're underachieving by that much then the owners would act long before relegation was a genuine worry especially when Fulham, Bournemouth and Forest are very unlikely to be a big threat to most teams, one of the weakest sets of promoted teams in recent history.




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01 Jun 2022 19:34:22
I don't believe that he's the only person who makes anything work but to be fair Gerrard himself has been quoted that in terms of getting ideas across in training and making the plan actually work that it was all Beale and he leaves him to it because he doesn't have the knowledge or experience to do it better. That in itself suggests there will be a drop off, even if by only a small margin.




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01 Jun 2022 06:04:07
The other way to look at it scot is that if he really was the brains of the operation like people say, where does that actually leave us if we get worse?




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31 May 2022 22:36:33
The amount of coaching staff he had I would imagine Gary Mac just steps up as the official number 2 and at most we add another coach.
Number 2s may come and go but their influence can be massively overlooked.
United started slipping after Queroz left even though Fergie managed to keep them competitive. While we had a short term surge under Shakespeare it felt like the steady foundations ROK and Terry provided were eroding beneath the surface.