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  1. Hi, visiting KRC Genk and (biased) Samatta fan. Is Samatta good enough a striker for Villa and the Premier League? I think he will be sufficient for your needs. He isn't a clinical finisher, but I'm sure he'll score his goals. He's a fairly good allrounder. He's quick, a good header, pretty much two-footed. His biggest attribute is his work ethic. He's a very dynamic striker, in games he doesn't score or he isn't efficient, he's a constant threat for defenders. He always will do his defensive work and never hides in games. Last season he had a big amount in our league titel. With his goals, work amount and leadership. He will be missed, not only for what he did on the field, but especially outside of it. He's an absolute fan favoriete. He's always positive, always smiling, a great teamplayer and a leader on the pitch. In Genk he already has his song on the tune of KC and the Sunshine band - give it up. Nanananananana Sama-goal, Sama-goal, Sama Sama goaaal. Please keep this in honour
    42 points
  2. Love all of this detective work, but I think I've got the last piece of the jigsaw. Spy shot of that plane headed to BHX... You're welcome.
    29 points
  3. Ha ha. I absolutely love Villa Talk. We need to sign a striker. Any effing striker. Why haven’t we signed an effing striker yet?!!! We are signing a striker. Yippee. I am elated..............5 minutes later..... I have watched a YouTube video. He is rubbish. Why are we wasting £10m on a useless striker. What is wrong with us? Why don’t we learn? Sack everybody!!! I hate life!!!!!!!
    23 points
  4. N'Zonzi would be most welcome. I would be so pleased with Smith and the recruitment team if we got him. N'Zonzi, Drinkwater and Luiz in midfield would dramatically improve our chances of winning the ball and retaining it. McGinn was a catastrophic loss as he was so influential in both winning the ball back for us and also getting on the front foot. I know we're crying out for a striker, but adding quality that allows us to be a better team overall is first priority. You never know, with the above mentioned midfield, and Grealish as part of a front line, we might be able to create enough without a prolific striker. People are talking about embarrassing and all the shortfalls of the regime for being so ill-prepared. I just don't share that view. I am actually proud of the efforts so far, given the challenges we've faced. Take a step back from the expectations and look at what we've actually been through. And without wanting to sound like I'm looking down on other supporters, I'm astonished that as people who follow Villa so passionately, you aren't the first to notice! We've spent a decade without anyone of serious capability at the helm of this club, no one driving it forward with vision that would allow for success. It's been the opposite. Now we have a number of leaders who are trying to piece together a rise in standards, but who must navigate the barriers and restraints that are consequence of our demise. Don't assume that if we fail this season to maintain PL status, that it must be by default a poor reflection of the decision making from those in charge of our club. If we look at what really constitutes for the difficulties we face and the apparent struggle to ascend beyond our current position and predicament, then we can begin to offer insight. I get that football is about winning, and ultimately that's what we want to do, but if you neglect the process and simply expect the outcome, you're bound to lose. I'm not suggesting by any means we give up hope and aspirations for bettering our position on account of us being at a greater disadvantage to our rivals. I'm just saying don't be so hasty to have a critical and judgemental disposition towards those who you think responsible for our plight, when it doesn't go our way. We've had a decade of shortsighted thinking from leadership, do we really need our supporters to do the same as a consequence? Before we go on a song about opportunities lost, just remember that some teams will spend on two players what we invested in a SQUAD. And we're not even down and out yet, so as far as I'm concerned, we have much reason to be hopeful that the current regime can rise above this. Just remember that an outcome or result is just a snapshot in time of an accumulation of moments and a myriad of facets. So again, if you focus on the outcome, losing sight of the process, then you're neglecting all those necessary moments required for the result to even become a snapshot in time. It's easy to evaluate a result. It's getting familiar with the process that takes effort and which is most challenging. So in a very long-winded way I'm saying before we conclude that we have something to be disappointed about with what's current at Villa.. Let's be true to the club we all love, and take the time and effort to try and understand what's really going on within it's walls, and be patient when we can't. We might just find that we look back on this transfer window five years from now and think, woah, Smith and the leadership team really pulled one out of the hat that year.
    21 points
  5. I am pleased with every signing.....until they give me a reason not to be. they have to be given a chance, before the big boot goes in.
    20 points
  6. Jesus Christ, we haven't even signed him yet and he is already shit. Captain of his country, decent European record, good price tag, good name, looks lively in the box, (granted, no beard), but no, it's a waste of money and he is shit. Some of you need to go out for a walk, read a book, listen to some music, spend time with the loved ones. Maybe then you can cleanse yourself from all that negative bullshit you are throwing around, completely unnecessary.
    20 points
  7. I actually have seen him play!!! Against Liverpool. He was one of the better players on the pitch (on both sides).
    15 points
  8. Or, I dunno, African people like football too?
    13 points
  9. I agree, hurry up and sign him Genk.
    13 points
  10. "Aston Villa are showing interest in signing Patrick Bamford from Leeds, could be an interesting one for their search for a new striker" https://mobile.twitter.com/TransferEfl/status/1217492872334888960 I think Twitter just attempted to murder me.
    12 points
  11. The suggestion that the Confederation of African Football only continue to run their own tournament "for PC reasons" is one of the strangest things I've read on here and that's saying something. Some man.
    10 points
  12. To be fair, we have 3 strikers for a lone striker role, it's just that all 3 are injured. I don't think that's anything like Bruce leaving us in the state he did with centre backs.
    10 points
  13. Only two teams have ever won the Champions League with a back 3. Answers on a postcard....
    9 points
  14. Will always love him for that first season. Even last season he scored some vital goals. He always contributes and somehow still gets slated by some fans. Yet absolute dross like Whelan, Hutton, Westwood and Elphick get lauded. I get he's a frustrating player but he is a maverick. Because of him we didn't do a Sunderland and that season he looked PL quality. If it wasn't for injuries I think he may well have done it for us. Shame Bruce brought him back earlier than he should have. He was never ready. Good luck to a player that actually has had a positive impact for us.
    9 points
  15. Certainly would add another layer to our attacking threat.
    9 points
  16. As much as I'm concerned and frustrated regarding the striker situation I would rather wait and get the right one(s) in rather than panic buy.
    9 points
  17. Oh shit, I didn't realise my Nan was posting on here.
    8 points
  18. We've managed to stay in the mix for survival with a striker who has scored 5 but who went 11 games without a goal and 4 without a shot on target. He doesn't need to be messi to help keep us up.
    8 points
  19. What exactly were people expecting for them to be underwhelmed by this?
    8 points
  20. I remember being given similar advice when in the final 3 of the annual West Country Whopping Willy competition.
    8 points
  21. All player purchases are a gamble though and it is why transfer prices are going to ultimately ruin football. More and more clubs are leveraging their future as an on-going concern on hugely expensive players who can either get injured, not give their all, not adapt to the league, arent good enough etc. The success that is needed to justify massive outlays on players are becoming more and more crucial. It is such an unsustainable model.
    8 points
  22. Deals like this make me realise Gregg Evans hasn't got the slightest clue on anything
    8 points
  23. That he has failed to step up to this level. He stepped up to this level faster than anyone else in the squad and then his form dipped.
    8 points
  24. First 27 minutes of the game against Salzburg this is what I saw of Samatta. Naturally watching a game on the box and live are totally different. 4;35 tells teamsmates to push up, 5:41 team makes good progress on right 35 yards out, samatta moves towards box on final defender far post, good body position to go either way From freekick he gets space but keeper collects. 7:30 loves a give n go Plays on the last man 9:20 found space on edge box teammate shoots instead of through pass, - Grealish territory? Always a few yards off defender constantly dropping off but no dropping deep, 13:43 cb saw him off in aerial challenge 14:10 pissed off with aimless punt forward to winger, 14:58 bumps defender but ball is too high, 15:00 good harrying, but teammates are too slow to react to his press, 17:18 finds good space in between two cb’s but genk lose the ball, 18:51 shields ball well wins fk 21:15 moves across off the ball to flank to initiate a press and set a trap with his lw but Salzburg play well to keep the ball 22:20 gets ball jinks past 2 with back to goal wins throw in 23:35 gets ball edge box and lays off well but is fouled to get in to box not given. Genk have produced some excellent players. 26:00 comes short towards ball 35 yards then spins off when ball goes to winger, He found space regularly. I would love to see the two games against Liverpool to see if he could do that regularly there. He had the highest top speed at 31.7 kmh. He laid the ball off well he kept it simple. His leap is pretty good took his goal well ( I skipped to that part). AEG and Trezeguet might benefit the most from playing with him as they can play the ball in to space for him to run on to. In this 27 minutes he made a few off the ball runs but wasn't played through. He isn't a sprinter but he uses his speed sparingly. Strong shooter. On a side note Salzburg have some decent players. Edit : I have a new found respect for Villain4life.
    7 points
  25. What’s Samatta with that?
    7 points
  26. He's right lads. It's a piece of piss to find players that slot into your team well, with all the physical, mental and technical attributes that you need to complement the team. Literally everybody does it and wins the league every season. Why aren't we doing that? It's an absolute disgrace.
    7 points
  27. I'll be honest I didn't expect us to spend a penny this window so to spend £8m on a striker is pretty surprising and welcomed. I'll back him until he proves otherwise.
    6 points
  28. Why would he chose Reading over us?
    6 points
  29. WTF does that even mean? Attacking output? He scored 32 goals in all comps last season, isn't that enough output?
    6 points
  30. Watch him do his cruciate as he steps off the plane.
    6 points
  31. Thanks for the flight info mate but you need to really up your game. As already mentioned we need passenger manifests and once the flight has arrived we want pictures of the passengers arriving, (in case they’re using a pseudonym), and who is picking them up. Then track any Range Rovers, Mercs etc to see if they’re going to BMH. If you could rig up some sort of rifle mic to pick up conversations that would also be handy. You're going to have a busy couple of weeks and you’ll probably be unemployed by the end of the month, but this is important and I think you’ll agree, well worth the sacrifice. If you’re a real Villa fan you won’t hesitate.......
    6 points
  32. Villa: *finds a good striker in November* *Calls the agent* Agent: *Call me in January, we are likely to have other offers - why would my player sign with you now?*
    6 points
  33. 6 points
  34. The good thing about shopping in Belgium is we get the moves confirmed ahead of schedule by Terreur. An actual ITK.
    5 points
  35. What I did like from 18/19 highlight reel was about 10 of the goals were headers.
    5 points
  36. Wtf are you going on about ... Just wow mind blown by your ignorance I won’t bother debating this you as there is no point if you can’t see anything wrong with what you are saying...
    5 points
  37. No sorry I’m not having that. The Forest board must know they needed a striker ASAP so why didn’t the sign Kodja on 1st Jan? That’s just unacceptable, I’d be livid if I was a Forest fan. Who’s running that shambles???!!!
    5 points
  38. English is not my first language and I struggled to come up with a suitable word for this, so I used a synonyms thesaurus and found among other examples the following: nonsense, babble, baloney, drivel, hogwash, ludicrousness, mumbo jumbo. Feel free to pick which one you want!
    5 points
  39. Basically, unless we sign Messi and Mbappe, people are always going to moan. In fact if we did sign those two, I have zero doubt that some Villa fans would still call them shit. Something along the lines of “Messi is too old and has no premier league experience, he’s going to think he’s bigger than the club and his legs are going” and “Mbappe will be too quick for our shit team, just look at Adama, he was shit for us, but amazing for Wolves. If Mbappe signs for us, we’ll make him shit as well”.
    5 points
  40. Inbound private flight to BHX from Florence today, not one of the ‘regulars’. did someone mention that young Brazilian Pedro from Fiorentina a few days back??
    5 points
  41. ...and then he bizarrely played Tuanzebe at right back and Jedinak as CB. He'd lost the plot.
    5 points
  42. I may be just finding patterns in randomness here, but it's interesting that Dean Smith's Brentford teams tended to end seasons very strongly. Here's pattern for last 10 games Brentford 2015-16 - W7 D1 L2 - points per game: 2.2 Brentford 2016-17 - W5 D2 L3 - points per game: 1.7 Brentford 2017-18 - W4 D4 L2 - points per game: 1.6 Villa 2018-19 - W8 D1 L1- points per game: 2.5 To put into context, 2.2 and 2.5 are automatic promotion form, and 1.6 and 1.7 are more or less good enough for play offs. So his teams were kicking on in a big way versus how they'd performed earlier in the season. I hope there's a genuine explanation for this in the way he rotates his players, manages training workloads, or something. If so, then there is some cause for optimism.
    5 points
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