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10 Aug 2023 11:32:42
Nicoló Zaniolo anyone, seems reliable sources say we are in discussions. Appears he has history with Monchi.


1.) 10 Aug 2023 13:13:36
I brought this up a while back… for some reason I’d see him as a Dugary at the Nose type of signing, a wild card ??‍♂️


2.) 10 Aug 2023 13:46:30
Hes a good player, alacaraz from southampton would be a good replacement for buendia same with dewsbuehall aswell



26 May 2022 18:12:14
Twitter speculation. Could be right!
Fringe players? Our exit list should look something like this by September 1st?

➡️ Kalinic
➡️ Steer
➡️ Hause
➡️ Targett
➡️ Guilbert
➡️ Trezeguet
➡️ El Ghazi
➡️ Davis
➡️ Wesley
➡️ Luiz, Ings, Konsa,

Anyone else?



1.) 26 May 2022 18:57:05
Yes, Sanson and Hourihane,

2.) 26 May 2022 19:36:04
Hope we don’t sell Konsa, can’t see us getting decent money for him this summer and still think he’s decent especially to be demoted to back up with new arrivals.

And unless we sign a top forward to replace him, I’d keep Ings too. Proven goal scorers in the premiership aren’t easy to find and unless it’s someone who knows the league, they could take however long to bed in.

3.) 26 May 2022 19:40:25
And Chuck.

4.) 26 May 2022 19:49:24
Whack,Loti we are up to 15,how much do you think this lot would fetch?

5.) 26 May 2022 20:18:48
And Mings

6.) 26 May 2022 21:12:09
So for me with regard the sales I think if we can sell most on the list and it’s a big if we should get in around £100 million.

Luiz £20 million, Ings £20 million AEG £10 million, Targett £15 million, Trez, £8 million Sanson £10 million, Wesley Guilbert and Davis £5 million each

7.) 26 May 2022 22:10:34
I agree with most lord but trez and AEG will be on the 5 million group.

8.) 27 May 2022 11:10:46
Its pretty much ball park what i thought, i think Elghazi will struggle to get anywhere near 10 i also think with ings wages, teams likely to want him will want to pay around 10 so he can maintain his wages.Ings still has time to run on his contract so he may want to sit tight, we would have to drop our valuation to get his wages off the books.

9.) 28 May 2022 12:37:47
Absolutely no point selling him for 10m.
Who are you replacing him with that kinda money? Bare in mind we apparently was £8m for Davies…?!
Not to mention the significant loss on what we paid for him. That would be a really terrible piece of business.

10.) 02 Jun 2022 09:51:04
Can’t sell Mings. Most blocks, most headed clearances, most passes, 3 assists. Will the exception of a few mistakes earlier in the season average distribution form the back he is a quality defender



12 May 2022 19:30:37
Im sure its good news for most that Coutinho has signed for a further couple of years. He is obviously a talent, I just wonder what Emi Buendia thinks, if ever a player deserves to start week in week out its Emi, I just hope he stays, he has definitely been one of Smiths better signings, but i'm sure he doesn't want to be a bench warmer and so far he looks to have to play second fiddle to Phil.


1.) 13 May 2022 09:05:20
If we’re being totally honest Emi had a lot of chances before Smith was sacked where he did absolutely nothing and many were calling him a waste of money! I’m sure if this site let's you back far enough it would be an easy enough find.

Some players take time to adjust and adapt, you’re using the same logic to write off Coutinho that you’re using to big up Emi in fairness and there’s nothing to say the pair of them can’t play together. SG is still playing with what DS left him.
For all we know he wants to adopt a totally different formation and approach from summer onwards. It’s all just guess work.

Just be patient, from all of the interviews I’ve read since Phil joined Buendia is delighted to have him as a team mate and all the South Americans seem to be good friends off the pitch….

2.) 13 May 2022 11:18:12
To nebuchadnezzar’s point, if I remember correctly scotty, you weren’t Buendia’s biggest fan initially.
With regard to playing Buendia/Coutinho conundrum I hope we don’t end up playing players out of position because we “need to accommodate” both in the team, now more than ever it’s a squad game and therefore you pick the best players for that position or for a particular game we don’t want to end up like England did re the Gerrard/Lampard question Managers are paid big money to make difficult calls and should do so if it’s one or the other so be it. Anyway we already have a dilemma on the Watkins/Ings front I don’t think we can afford another to be honest.

3.) 13 May 2022 14:10:29
Best part of the whole deal is the timing, at least we don’t spend half the window trying to get a deal done, I agree lord, I wasn’t Emi’s biggest fan at the start of the season but he has improved a lot, I’m also wondering if gerrard is going to divide their time on the pitch more evenly now that Phil has signed permanently, if he hadn’t being given more preferential treatment thus far I wonder would he of had second thoughts about signing permanently, I’d like to know what wages he’s on also. I wonder will this encourage Doug to sign an extension or is he on his way out the door.
Center back and defensive midfielder next in the door, I’m happy enough to stick with Ollie and Danny up front they are starting to click in my opinion, I’d like to keep archer for the bench next season, buy sarr and sell traore, depending on who the third relegated team is there might be a few more guys worth a punt

4.) 13 May 2022 16:14:49
I agree re timing the more business we can get done early the better, personally I would like to see 2 defensive midfielders through the door a centre half, cover at left back and a 15 to 20 goal a season striker.
Re Dougie I think he will be gone come the start of the new season, he prefers to play further forward than he is with us and with Buendia and Coutinho I don’t see that happening.



31 Jan 2022 18:06:58
Accirding to skys reliable source no more last minute incomings, Bissouma was never coming either now or in the summer. We obviously need a strong defensive midfielder and i think it should have been a priority.


1.) 31 Jan 2022 20:22:09
The manager said he wouldn’t buy for the sake of buying! I’m assuming he couldn’t get the targets he wanted. I think that will be the 1st position addressed in the summer

2.) 31 Jan 2022 20:23:45
It's the biggest mistake Dean Smith made in the summer, now Steve has done the exact same thing. there are lots of alternatives out there I don't know why it wasn't the first position on the list, we have done good business but we are still short in a crucial position. unless he's going to play Chambers in that role.

3.) 31 Jan 2022 20:55:47
What are the alternatives out there now then? I’d rather hold out until the summer and get a big player like kalvin Philips, isn’t it all about the bigger picture?

4.) 31 Jan 2022 21:09:34
Kalvin Philips is never coming to Villa mate, bissoma or bentancur are not the only DM players out there, I honestly can't see us getting bissouma at any time.

5.) 31 Jan 2022 21:39:30
Zakaria was available, Kamara Rangers, Kamara Marseille too, could I trot out my old picks Hayden from Newcastle or Dier from Spurs, now that both them teams have bought a player in that position?




31 Oct 2021 21:43:50
Does smith need to be ridiculed, absolutely not, the man gives everything to the team he loves. Should he be questioned and challenged on tactics and team selection absolutely. He was under pressure and he made changes through pressure from fans and press alike. So who chose and sanctioned bench warmers to the value of Jack's sale. Bailey today showed he is not good enough, Ings has already gone missing, Buendia is championship quality. So we are a lot weaker than season and yet expectations were higher. Our midfield is weak, Mcginn tries to the job of three, not fair, Ollie does his best but can't do it on his own. So no sugar coating we don't have the players or manager to get to either the fans or owners expectations. So where to we go from here, i honestly don't have a clue, what i do know is this current crop of players are obviously not good enough and the honest fans will know this.


1.) 02 Nov 2021 08:24:56
I have to agree with your sentiment. Spending 33m on Emi Buendia was a gamble, one that hasn't paid off. If things don't improve I think it is curtains for Dean Smith. I'm beginning to think last season was a fluke. I really thought we'd kick on but the same problems exist as of two seasons ago.
I really doubt Mings is a PL quality player, too inconsistent. Selling Jack Grealish was a good move but the money from his sale wasn't very well invested. I don't think we'll get relegated, but we won't be setting the league on fire either.

2.) 02 Nov 2021 16:19:35
So we're writing off two of our biggest signings after having played barely 10 games between them?
Maybe I'm too patient at times, but this is so far off the other end of the spectrum it's basically a reach around

3.) 02 Nov 2021 21:13:39
@ DBS1983 - In your opinion so far has Emi Buendia looked like a PL player? because what I have seen he hasn't. Don't let price tags deceive you.

4.) 03 Nov 2021 13:21:58
He certainly hasn't set the world on fire yet, but my point is writing him off completely after only a handful of games seems a bit short sighted.

5.) 04 Nov 2021 15:31:16
I agree DB we wrote Veretout off after a couple of games and look at him now, you have to give players time to adjust.




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23 Feb 2024 13:44:15
Flights to Amsterdam selling out fast and really expensive around the days leading up to the game.Anyone know how many tickets we get and when they are on sale.




16 Feb 2024 14:40:50
Should Tim get a start on Saturday?, obviously people will say it's a gamble, however, fortune favours the brave. Our current form and injury crisis is crying out for a review of our current style, having been found out we must adapt or the results of the early season will be extremely difficult to replicate.


1.) 16 Feb 2024 16:08:56
I personally would love to see him given the opportunity but Emery will look at training performscnes and do what he thinks is right for the team still with so much to play for. To your point around changing style though, I'm not sure playing him would fundamentally change our current style given he's the closest thing we've got to a like for like replacement for Kamara. I suspect he'll either change the system to one holding midfielder or drop McGinn into a more traditional central role and bring in another more advanced midfielder. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. Better finishing last weekend and we probably wouldn't be talking about being found out. Let's just hope our finishing and overall form picks up quickly.

2.) 16 Feb 2024 17:45:20
DBS, agree on your first point, however my point about style of play doesn't relate to Tim but recent performances going back to Sheffield at home.You are absolutely right regarding the finishing on Sunday but the warnings were there for the last half a dozen games.

3.) 16 Feb 2024 18:32:23
I’m with dbs it’s not our style is the problem it’s our finishing, we created enough against Chelsea in the first fa game to score but we didn’t and we put 5 past Sheffield, then look at the amount of chances we missed against United we should of had at least 3 goals. Emery is not going to change his style which has won him so much in the last number of years, if we want a new style we will need to change manager and that’s something we don’t want.

4.) 16 Feb 2024 23:59:43
Whack, balanced as usual, however perhaps adapt is more appropriate, however if, as is happening at the moment, things aren't happening as we all would like, things have to change.You mentioned the sheffield and Chelsea games, highlighting the positives.I would rather look at the two home games against these clubs, which tell a completely different story and a worrying trend.This is along side the performances against Newcastle, Burnley, Man U away. Middlesbrough.All teams go through sticky patches, it happened to Man City, Arsenal and Spurs and looked how things changed, this doesn't appear to be happening to us.Obviously we could turn things around but unfortunately injuries will be a major factor in this happening

5.) 17 Feb 2024 02:37:09
I hear what your saying Scot, I agree those teams you mentioned had their sticky patch’s this season but they didn’t change their style, getting players back from injury had a big effect for them, I’m hoping we will have a similar reaction when our defence is back to the personnel we had up until Christmas, having only 1 striker at the minute is also hindering us changing to much in games where we need to switch things up, like yourself I want to be winning consistently but I also take into account our position, our spend compared to the current top 6, we really have over performed this season, with our current squad and growing injuries I think champions league might just be a step to far, Diaby hasn’t really worked out, as much as it pains me to say it but selling Doug for 100 million in the summer is probably our best option and bring in 3 quality players in his stead, RB, LW and ST. with the money that city, Liverpool, spurs, arsenal and united have spent and can continue to spend I think europa league qualification would be a very successful season, if we can win the conference aswel I have to say I’d be very happy, I know it might be an opportunity missed not getting champions league with Chelsea having such a bad season but we also have to remain realistic, our squad is getting stretched to the last with injuries I honestly think we will be lucky if we can finish in the top 6, maybe rogers Ramsey and Tim will be all the better for it by the end of the season.
if I’m honest I think Emery has made a few mistakes since Christmas, Bailey not coming on till 90th min v Chelsea in the first game, same v Newcastle he should of started and when he took him off against united I think was our downfall, maybe he was trying to manage a knock or something but emery definitely has to take some blame lately, not for style but for decision making. next 3 games will tell us a lot about how our season will end up.

6.) 17 Feb 2024 13:59:37
Whack agree with much of what you say and your are absolutely right the next three games could well define our season. Sixth or seventh would now be a reasonably successful outcome and one thing I agree with almost everyone one on here (unusual I know) is that we are work in progress and our expectations being nearly top at Christmas were far too high



14 Feb 2024 21:22:23
The injuries just pile up, Carlos being the latest and sadly the lack of quality on the bench is showing its ugly head. Obviously not the coaches fault, however many on here had highlighted what would happen if we had a bad run of injuries and sadly we can all see the effect. The need for quality recruitment and a rebuild in the summer is now clear for all to see and I'm sure the owners and coach will address exactly what's needed.


1.) 15 Feb 2024 11:20:42
In terms of summer recruitment unless we are prepared to release one or more of our star players then I can’t see us spending like we did last year as we will risk falling foul of FFP. That said I think decent players exist in the Championship who could improve us, the likes of Sara and Rowe at Norwich, Dewsbury-Hall at Leicester Clarke at Sunderland, Summerville and Gnonto at Leeds and Whittaker at Plymouth to name but a few. I think future transfer strategy may have to be a mix and match ie maybe one big name plus some up and coming youngsters. Hope I am wrong but time will tell I guess.



07 Feb 2024 20:57:11
I have said numerous times we have been found out and Emery must adapt, clearly he doesn't agree, pity, if he doesn't Newcastle and today will become the norm. Man U will be rubbing their hands watching this, their pace will run amok. Konsa, how we miss you and Kamara for god's sake buck your ideas up.


1.) 07 Feb 2024 21:34:50
If we have been found out we wouldn't be 4th in the league scotty

2.) 07 Feb 2024 21:41:24
Emery getting found out is neither here nor there if the majority of our players have a pass completion rate of less than 70%. Absolutely shocking.

3.) 07 Feb 2024 22:01:48
Agree dbs, passing was atrocious all game, YT and kamara both should of being taken off at half time, I don’t understand this 87th min substitutions, we looked very tired and the heads dropped after the second goal, that defence is awful without konsa Torres and digne, we need a break with the defensive injuries, Martinez didn’t cover himself in glory with the free kick it wasn’t in the corner, he looked like he pulled his hands back on the first goal did he think it was going wide ?‍♂️ 2 defeats at VP on the trot, can’t afford to lose on Sunday

4.) 07 Feb 2024 22:09:09
We have now conceded 6 goals in the last 2 home games. So much for fortress VP.
Sunday now takes on added significance.
These players can beat anyone in this league but as we’ve seen recently we are also vulnerable.

5.) 07 Feb 2024 22:22:11
You missed the worst of the lot with Mcginn Whack, he looked like a £2m player tonight, the worst he's played for us in my opinion.
We could be in for a tough ride with Cash having to start the next few games. Hopefully Digne and Torres can come back in soon to at least make the left side more reliable.

6.) 07 Feb 2024 22:23:20
Chelsea weren’t intimidated by our quick start to the game.
This Sunday could prove pivotal now. Win and get back on track. Lose, lose badly, and we’re looking at a very different end to the season to the one we were hoping for.

7.) 07 Feb 2024 22:33:32
Whack, we were second to every ball, we were totally overwhelmed in midfield and Chelsea attacked at will.I am genuinely concerned that Chelsea and Newcastle found it so easy to play against us and the same players having a poor game.The transfer window is over, what we have is what we have to work with and in my honest opinion is not enough.Nothing on the bench to change things and clearly the back four are an issue.Injuries were always going to do for us and players playing badly ie Tielemans, Diaby Kamara leaves us vulnerable to results like tonight and Newcastle.Conceding six goals at home with a powder puff response is reason for concern and if people don't agree they are sadly mistaken.

8.) 07 Feb 2024 23:03:50
RK, you and me rarely agree, however I always respect your views, Cash is atrocious, along with Tielemans and just tonight Mcginn and Kamara, like you I think we are in for a tough ride.Man U will play like Newcastle and Chelsea and with their current confidence I can't see us getting anything from the game, sad but it's more likely than not.



06 Feb 2024 17:46:04
Eating humble pie again, no one can argue that Bailey hasn't earned a new bumper contract, his performances and goals have made this an easy decision for Villa. I just hope he maintains his current standards and whilst I genuinely don't think so, I hope the prospect of a bumper cash contract hasn't been the reason for this upturn in form.


1.) 06 Feb 2024 23:08:17
10 goals and 9 assists in all comps this season with the possibility of another 15-25 more games to play, he’s earned it imo, I hope he plays that good that we have to give him another raise next year, credit where it’s due, it took him a while to get going but he is showing that he’s worth what we paid for him, maybe there’s hope for Diaby yet.
I suppose the money is a bonus but you would imagine any attacking player strives to stay on that kind of form and want to be the best.
it can only help the other players aswel because he will be closely marked by the better teams whilst possibly leaving space for some of our other players.
What do you think about playing him and Diaby at the same time, Diaby given space I think can thrive?
On a different note imagine having the grealish we sold on the left of our current midfield, I know things probably would of worked out differently if we hadn’t sold him but that would be a serious title contending team ?

2.) 07 Feb 2024 11:46:28
Would be quality teams wouldn't know what to do, diaby will come good we just have too give him time




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04 Jan 2023 16:08:37
Pity England wasn't a full time gig, Maguire would be in permanently. Man U defence with Maguire at the heart have been poor for a while, why would want a slow centre back.




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27 May 2022 11:10:46
Its pretty much ball park what i thought, i think Elghazi will struggle to get anywhere near 10 i also think with ings wages, teams likely to want him will want to pay around 10 so he can maintain his wages.Ings still has time to run on his contract so he may want to sit tight, we would have to drop our valuation to get his wages off the books.




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26 May 2022 19:49:24
Whack,Loti we are up to 15,how much do you think this lot would fetch?




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20 Dec 2020 21:33:05
He was out simples, never in doubt.




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18 Sep 2020 14:19:17
Ed where you bin, kingy is infamous on here, if kingy makes a prediction it never happens or its already in the public domain.





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26 Feb 2024 15:12:50
PS I accept the champions league brings in loads of cash and I'm sure the owners would welcome this, however my position remains.




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26 Feb 2024 13:59:41
Paul, agree mate, however the blip was inevitable, especially because of injuries. I still think our final position in top4/5 is in our own hands.My worry is the number of goals we are concededing and the manner of these goals.Sloppy defending, poor judgement and teams are getting through the high line more lately as coaches have worked out how to beat it. In Emery we trust and non of us expected this progress so early in the project and with quality recruitment the future definitely looks bright irrespective if we fail to make the champions league.Europa league could well be the right stepping stone for next season and I think we could be in trouble like Newcastle if we run before we can walk with the quality in the champions league.




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25 Feb 2024 00:17:33
Dave, totally agree, match of the day couldn't understand how a team in form could succumb from a team who were outplayed by villa last week. I can't understand how an average team can take six points off us in just over a month. We really need to stop sloppy errors and if we can do this, fourth place is ours.




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17 Feb 2024 21:56:25
Whack I could have drawn straighter lines and I was 100 miles away and three sheets in the wind?




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17 Feb 2024 21:54:04
Dave, really poor and these guys are the best we have, really concerning