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It was the 14th of February this year, when the Sherwood love affair with Villa started. The following day saw the first signs of Sherwood's influence, when he visited the dressing room at halftime to help inspire the team to a 2-1 win over Leicester in the cup.
Before that, we were heading for yet more disappointment - with another frustrating first half performance, the sort we were used to under Lambert. But after leaving his seat in the stands and giving a morale boosting talk, a different
I've seen some really bad things happen at Villa, in my time as a fan. Losses in league cups to lower league teams (Scunthorpe, Sheffield United) but I have never felt so deflated and depressed as I do at this moment.
Don't get me wrong, Bradford deserve their massive achievement 100% and I wish them all the best for the final.
But whilst this is their finest hour, this is also my clubs darkest hour and I am not sure we can pull this around in time to save our premiership status.
It's become a matter of great discussion, about how important Darren Bent is to our future prospects and success. For what it is worth, if we had Young and Downing supplying from the wings, I would have Darren Bent in the team every single week. The problem is, we do not create the chances Darren thrives on, and thrived on under the attacking threat from both Downing and Young.
Simply, without the ammo, Darren is less of a threat.
In my eyes, we cannot risk playing somebody who offers
I know they paid a decent amount for him but there's always movement between the Academies, we bought Barry from Brighton and nicked Hitzlespeger from Bayern for example. I think as long as they've spent a decent amount of time in your academy before they break through then it's fair enough to class them as through your system as your coaches/training will of had some impact.
If you ignore Sterling then between Gerrard and Alexander-Arnold they produced very little.
Barry and Hitzlesperger? We signed Barry as a 16 year old from Brighton, think the fee after tribunal ended up being around 500k - Hitz, well we got him from Bayern Munich on a free when he was 18. What qualifies as academy products? Those who have worked their way through from schoolboy up or someone we snapped up as a 16/17 year old? Sorry to be a pedant!!
We've also produced plenty of Premier League/Championship level players through the academy like, Barry, Cahill, Gabby, Hitzlsperger, Vassell, Samuel, Davis, Clarke, Ridgewell, Bannan, Whittingham, Hogg... it's not like our academy doesn't produce players. Like you say it's lucky if you get 1 or 2 really good ones a decade. Look at Liverpool, Who broke through their academy between Gerrard and Sterling? Not many at all.