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  1. I know it's not what you meant, but this guy spent 2 years with the Bomb squad
    17 points
  2. From Borussia Hunchengladbach?
    17 points
  3. I think some people can't accept a DM who isn't clumsy and doesn't put in leg breaking tackles. Luiz is very much in the mould of Redondo / Pirlo / Xabi Alonso - his natural position is deep, but he has the technical skill to go looking for the ball and contribute to attacks. He wins the ball usually by anticipating the play, rather than going through the back of someone. English football has tended to prefer the Makelele / Keane / Gattuso type in the holding role, someone who can really fly into a 50-50. I do think we need 4-2-3-1 as an option, with more of a natural destroyer alongside Luiz. But when we're playing 4-1-4-1 / 4-3-3, I would happily have Luiz in the holding role. I don't see any reason to push him further forward. Yes he's got the skill to be useful in attack, but it's not his natural game, and he offers so much in his current role. Why fix it if it ain't broke?
    14 points
  4. Brentford fans when they sell a player for a profit:
    12 points
  5. It's worth looking at the two Arsenal games to realise the scale of the upheaval Smith faced: Emirates Heaton Guilbert Engels Mings Taylor Nakamba McGinn Grealish Trezeguet El Ghazi Wesley Villa Park Reina Elmo Konsa Mings Targett Luiz McGinn Hourihane Trezeguet Grealish Samatta Only Mings, McGinn and Trez (in green) playing the same role in each match. Grealish the only other name in both lineups, but CM in the first game, LW in the second so have marked him in orange. Smith has basically had to build a team from scratch in the summer, and then build another team from scratch when Heaton, Engels, Wesley and McGinn picked up long-term injuries. Of course it was going to take time to see improvements. That's why we clicked so late in the season - the team needed time to gel, for Smith to build a relationship with his squad, and understand their strengths and weaknesses. It's not something that happens overnight, even with a great manager. I always point to Klopp's early record at Liverpool - it really wasn't that impressive, it took time. I'm amazed how many of Smith's critics seem to think this regular squad upheaval is a minor inconvenience for a manager that Sam Allardyce or Tony Pulis would have just breezed through. It's a massive, massive challenge. He has handled it pretty well.
    12 points
  6. After having spent a week trolling through leeds forums and watching their "delusional" you tube streamers (they are like wood lice..coming out of the woodwork by the hundreds),I have come to the conclusion that 16 years in the championship has severely curtailed the mental capacity of 99% of their fan base. The Arrogance of leeds is astounding,Ben white being a prime example,2 bids rejected then they resort to slagging off brighton and their manager,Im so happy that chelsea and spurs are in for him as well. They have a belief that because leeds are a and i quote "a monumental sized club" that they with bielsa can attract any player they want over 80% of the other teams in the premiership and on the cheap may i add..they reckon benrahma is nailed on to go to them for..wait for it..20m haha..bunch of idiots,and it does not end there..they reckon they can get edouard off celtic for less than 20m due to the "bielsa" effect...Watkins is going to them for 18m according to most as he would be a great partner for bamford...I nearly fell off my chair when i read that. They reckon there is no way that watkins and benrahma would choose to go to aston villa over leeds,i dont even think most of them know about dean smiths links with the pair or even that smith was brentfords old manager. I personally cannot wait for VAR to **** them over and to see that lump bielsa fall off his bucket with rage...They truly are going to get a rough awakening..a bit like we did in the premiership and with a lot of the fanbase forecasting themselves finishing anywhere from 6th to 10th in their first season the delusion is strong in Leeds.
    11 points
  7. As it is from @ThatcherLover can we assume it’s a right winger to replace Trez?
    7 points
  8. Congratulations! You just missed out on Alphonso Davies! Sorry, but what that says to me is, "I don't pay close enough attention to have an informed opinion about particular players, so I'm just going to write it all off as beneath my attention." There are plenty of players in MLS worthy of making the jump.
    7 points
  9. It's no risk at all, at the money we want (unknown) he's a snip in these days of inflated prices, Having seen him play live in at least 70 matches for Brentford he is the real deal, an absolute super fit athlete who has only missed 7 games out of 184 for us and Exeter, an absolute work horse who runs for ever, and delivers at the same time, holds the ball up well, above all knows where the goal is, the switch to striker has been his making, he will be well missed by us all, he's been a pleasure to watch these last few years, whoever gets him will be more than well rewarded.
    7 points
  10. 7 points
  11. I don't think this is given enough emphasis. The spine of the team was ripped out. In particular, the loss of Heaton and the rotation of dodgy keepers that followed meant that the defence never got a chance to form an understanding with their goalie, always a recipe for mistakes. In this respect, I think the enforced break may have been a godsend - Reina and his defenders looked like a far more settled unit after the restart. Couple those defence issues with a total lack of goalscorers up front, and it's no surprise we struggled. We'll need to have better squad depth next season.
    6 points
  12. It's fine to not get it, if you and almost everyone you know see yourselves as a binary man/woman, and it's all you've ever known, it can seem a bit weird or confusing. But just be respectful and call people what they want to be called, it's easy. I think within the hopefully not too distant future, transphobia will be as widely frowned upon as homophobia, and a lot of people will be quite embarrassed.
    6 points
  13. Villa have a larger and much more successful history, wealthier and more astute ownership, a larger and better stadium, a larger more global fan base, a larger and nicer city, are more likely to avoid relegation as we're not a newly promoted team likely to go straight back down, a better more successful manager who got their team promoted much quicker, more likely to win a cup based off recent history, fans who didn't design a badge that looks like it belongs to a fascist state, much better players with Mings, McGinn and obviously Grealish. And that should nicely wind up any Leeds fans trolling this forum.
    6 points
  14. We need to get going in the market and leave our mark.
    6 points
  15. Selling Grealish makes us weaker than last season and loses one of the few constants and decent players we have. We have the upper hand in that he is on a long contract and is a fan so will unlikely sulk or under perform. The owners have big ambitions and I just dont see how improving (forget “significantly”) involves selling your best players, especially when there is no need. Have we not learned any lessons from the past 10 years? If we sell Grealish I suspect we will be in another fire fight next season, and have sent exactly the wrong message to existing players or anyone in the slightest bit ambitious, about joining. The truth is we have only a few players worthy of the club and our ambition, the reason Jack looks so good is that the rest of them are honestly not of a good enough standard, that’s what p*ssed me off about Hourihane’s statement recently. Hourihane doesn’t get close to teams of old.
    5 points
  16. That guy is right. He is a full member.
    5 points
  17. Jack Grealish crashed his car whilst probably drunk during lockdown hours after telling everyone to stay at home... She's had the furlough tweet, not sure what else, this non event of a "story" shows you what her profile is, if this happened to 90% of our men's first team would it be in the papers? Not a chance We've been promoted to the women's PL for the first time in our history, we're singing internationals, we're doing as well as we ever have in the women's game and we should sack her because of her social media profile? The only winner is the daily mail
    5 points
  18. It tends to be 'my youngest child/kid'. It's a bit of a minefield (especially at this early stage) but as I said before, it's something I'll get used to because it makes them happy.
    5 points
  19. Predictable. When you look at the likes of Konza, Luiz and Trezeguet, do you really believe it was just bad decisions by Smith or inexperienced players taking time to get to grips with the premier league? He lost his first 2 keepers, having to play Nyland, who he's tried to replace every single transfer window he had. He had a group of strikers who scored a combined 6 goals all season. Losing the guy who scored 5 of them in January. Lockdown provided an opportunity to really analyse and work on certain things, which is usually what pre season is for. Our issue was we had players signed late in the window and had so many new players that it was never going to be easy. But I guess to you and his critics it was just smith making bad decisions and then not.
    5 points
  20. People need to realise it's better to wait and get good players rather than just panic buying a Scott Hogan. We will still be working on transfers by the time next season starts. We aren't going to start the new season with a fully formed squad.
    5 points
  21. I can vividly remember this match. I was a young lad sat in the Trinity Road with my dad and brother. There was a bad atmosphere and Doug trundled out one of his mates comedian Dave Ismay to tell us all to get behind the team, he was roundly booed! It s not the main reason why I remember it though. I was stood by the tunnel as I always did to try and get a few autographs when the players had finished warming up.Then one of the staff members asked me if I wanted to fill in as a ball boy. Of course I said yes and spent the second half in front of the Holte End throwing the ball back to Peter Shilton, we also spent the half time break in a little room next to the Villa dressing room drinking hot tea and listening to (I think) Billy McNeil try to get a better performance out of a lack lustre Villa team.
    5 points
  22. I’m not at all convinced by the speculation, Wesley has a serious injury and hasn’t yet returned to playing, I find it hard to believe any club would be making a bid for him this summer. It seems highly unlikely I me but even if there are clubs interested there is no way I’d sell him.
    5 points
  23. Bielsa won’t be managing Leeds by the end of the season
    4 points
  24. 4 points
  25. To be honest, I'd do that if Villa sold a player for a profit! Can't remember the last one - Benteke?
    4 points
  26. I think it's about enjoyment of watching your team. No joy in celebrating making money that isn't yours.
    4 points
  27. Surprised that bullshitter villa report hasn't picked up on this.
    4 points
  28. Who watched this clip 6 + times consecutively?
    4 points
  29. Stop Wes you’re just going round in circles!
    4 points
  30. 4 points
  31. I think we, like everyone else, has a budget. Right now I think everyone is trying to test the market. Is a player valued at £20m in a normal market still valued at £20m? Or is it less? As it's still early I think selling clubs are still holding out for £20m for their players. But what will they do in September, if no bids matching that value has been received? It usually start at the very top. If Man U buy Grealish for £80m, then our willingness to pay a little more his replacement increases. Their willingness/abilty to increase from, let's say £60m to £80m migh depend on the Sancho deal. If they spend too much on him, they can't afford it. If they don't get him, they move on to their next target. And so on. Will we buy Benrahma for £25m now? Maybe not. Will we do it, if we've got £80m more in our pocket and the season is about to start? Much more likely. So things will start to happen once UCL and UEL finish.
    4 points
  32. AEG is plenty big enough, but he needs to start taking iron supplements for his spine.
    4 points
  33. On Egyptians, I'm actually backing Trez to be much improved next season. Hopefully does alot of work on his close ball control. Let's get him and Anwar on that Christiano Ronaldo fitness and muscle building regime as well.
    4 points
  34. This is a massive red flag for me. 28 and has had 3 big knee injuries. Can go down hill pretty quick and I assume he's on pretty big wages and would like a long contract. Hope we look elsewhere.
    4 points
  35. I reckon the reason we haven’t got anyone in yet is because we’re not bothering with the low hanging fruit. Hopefully we’re going after players that are hard to get and that clubs aren’t just willing to hand over without a fight.
    4 points
  36. Criticising people for making improvements as a sign they didn’t get it right before is asking everyone to be perfect from day one. That doesn’t happen in any career. TRO if you were a Man United fan by the above logic you’d have celebrated the treble in 1999 by saying “well I’m pleased Sheringham and Solskjaer scored but Fergie started them both on the bench and we were toothless, so that shows he didn’t know what he was doing.”
    4 points
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