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  1. Jap's. (This comment may be racist).
    9 points
  2. Two shots of Espresso, foamed oatmilk and a raspberry.
    7 points
  3. Well if it's either you or Mark Regan you should be able to answer that question yourself
    7 points
  4. I'll never forget the day I saw a photographer get crushed by a huge block of cheddar. We all tried to warn him.
    6 points
  5. Looks like your negative auto post accidentally posted 24 hours early
    5 points
  6. The best limited/stand alone TV show ever imo. Brilliant from start to finish.
    5 points
  7. Southgate saw enough when he called Jack up last time. Got all the others players coming out and saying how good he was. Statistically been one of the best in the worlds best league this season. Man of the Match whenever he puts on the England shirt. Consistently the best player on the pitch whenever he goes out for Aston Villa. I dont believe for one minute anything those rags come out with about him missing out. 100% going to the Euro’s, we know it, Southgate knows it, the world knows it. Why they even printing these stories atm? Theres 10 more games to play before the squad gets announced and Jacks just about to go into Turbo mode.
    5 points
  8. This thread is one of the best in ”Off Topic”. There was (and still is) a stigma around admitting to mental health problems. I first started having symptoms of depression in my teens. It continued and worsened in my 20s. I finally sought help in my 30s. I hid my illness. I took time off work and disguised the true reason. I worried what people would think of me. I viewed taking medication as an admission of failure. I was ashamed. Why should I be ashamed of an illness? Do diabetics feel ashamed that they need insulin every day? Do people avoid seeking help for a broken leg because people might think it’s fake? Is taking an anti-depressant any different from taking an aspirin? The mind can be injured and ill. If you are ill you seek help. If you need medication you look at the negative side effects against the benefits and more often than not - you take the pill. I’m in my 50s, happily married, have a secure job, live in a lovely area, have a good pension and am financially stable. I also have a long term illness. I am definitely not a failure for being ill. Nor is anyone who posts in this thread.
    5 points
  9. You two should get together. In the sea.
    4 points
  10. Im not having a go at you but quoted you since you brought it up. I see people all the time comparing Mings and Konsa as if they are in competition with each other. I understand is a bit of an anti-Mings vibe amongst some Villa fans especially on social media but I dont know why people praising Konsa have to take a dig at Mings and vice versa. Strange times
    4 points
  11. Just thought i'd let you all know i failed my ventriloquists exam yesterday. Can't say i'm surprised.
    4 points
  12. I think he'll develop into a better player but lets not underestimate how important Mings' leadership is for us. Both are absolute quality imo.
    4 points
  13. Thanks for defining the critical areas we are allowed to bring up. So team selection, tactics and training are allowed?
    3 points
  14. For tonight's viewing I'm here to do two things... Chew bubblegum and stay out of On Topic... And I'm all out of bubblegum.
    3 points
  15. Lets hope lockdown and travel restrictions remain in place eh?
    3 points
  16. DMX in a vegative state following a drug overdose
    3 points
  17. Some short ugly bald bloke keeps borrowing it
    3 points
  18. It depends on the individual really. Saka at Arsenal never went on loan but Smith-Rowe was at Huddersfield this time last year and that pushed him on to challenge for first team spot this season. Also a good way of bringing money into the club if they can't quite break through, Liverpool wouldn't have got anywhere near 20m for Brewster if he hadn't had that good scoring run for Swansea.
    3 points
  19. This is a discussion forum and a thread on Dean Smith, surely the point is for us to discuss everything the manager does. Praising him for the many positives and questioning or speculating on the things which could be better or might need to change. None of us see what he sees, plans or does on the training ground. Obviously as we are suffering from a long period of really poor form that has been steadily getting worse, it's hard to not to focus on some of the negatives. If we were playing well and creating chances but losing then maybe the comments on here would be different. Can anyone say the manager is at fault for our recent results? Well he's the manager and has to take some of the blame, but the Covid outrbreak, injuries to Grealish and Cash, plus the dreadful form of Barkley and others failing to step up in Grealish's absence seems to have destabilised the rest of the team and the confidence has gone. But rather than look at the negatives I'd rather focus on how and when Dean will get us playing well again. With Grealish and Cash back (ching ching) plus Sanson starting to gel in midfield I really thing we should be looking up not down.
    3 points
  20. Callum Robinson has scored five premier league goals in his career. All against Chelsea.
    3 points
  21. Makes me laugh when players do this. Not specifically these pair, but when they rightly get stick for being shit for months on end, then give it the “shush” celebration when they have 5 minutes of form
    3 points
  22. But do you remember these?
    3 points
  23. Trouble is, you put benches and BBQ facilities in a park. You put the benches next to the BBQ. You put notices on the benches to point out not to light BBQ’s on the benches. Then people turn up. Some people are just self obsessed thick as shit scum.
    3 points
  24. Bit late for konsa to be convinced!
    3 points
  25. He’s a Rolls-Royce of a central defender
    3 points
  26. One of the things I love about Aus is the parks and green spaces having barbecues built in for people to use. On Sundays the parks being full of families and groups all cooking, talking, mixing, enjoying. It’s just brilliant. Here, like you say it’s “keep off the grass” & “no ball games” in half the places.
    3 points
  27. Or Messi could play a season for free as a thank you to the club and fans.
    3 points
  28. Loaning players at a young age is necessary in my opinion. Listening to podcasts of former professionals its pretty unanimous that loans played a huge part in their development. Anyone thinking that Chukwuemeka, Kesler, Barry and Ramsey are going to waltz straight into our first team and hit the ground running in the PL needs a reality check. In my opinion there are 4 or 5 in the U23 setup that would benefit from loans next season in the lower leagues. Regular competitive football, grounds hopefully open with fans in, games that mean something to a local area and improving their game against seasoned professionals. Not all of those U23's will make it; and a route straight into our first team is a start stop experience as Jacob Ramsey and Keinan Davis have found this season; both would have benefitted from a loan to a Championship team if we had the squad available this year. Back to Chukweuemeka though, I watched the game yesterday and he's very, very good. He reminds me of Paul Pogba (obviously a raw Paul Pogba), he controls games effortlessly, almost looks lazy but his calmness off and on the ball allows him to control the tempo of the game. Really good player who now needs to make the step up to the next level. I think he's currently the closest to making it to our first team.
    3 points
  29. I agree with you that football has moved on to a certain degree but you are wrong about England players not having EFL experience. Here is a link to an article that makes the point that 24 of 30 England players in a recent squad had a significant spell in the EFL as part of their development.
    3 points
  30. Playing against a league one or two defender is a lot closer to playing against premier league quality defenders than playing U23 football. Also people aren't proposing we send our youngsters on loan to the lower leagues because there's something unique about those leagues that will toughen them up, the talk about them going to those leagues is because they're unlikely to get a loan move at any higher level. Regardless of whether it's the championship, league one or two, or even the national league, playing first team football when they're ready is much more beneficial than playing U23 football, can guarantee that Revan, Wright, and Archer are all better players after their loans. Mark Delaney says it himself from around four minutes into this interview, doesn't really matter whether we like it or not, we'll continue sending our youngsters to the lower leagues as a matter of course, as part of their development, most academies up and down the country will be doing the same for exactly the same reasons. Only exception will be if any of our youngsters are deemed good enough to be wanted on loan by clubs at an higher level, or if we buy a club at an higher level abroad for the purpose of giving our youngsters game time there.
    3 points
  31. All ours until 2026....thank you very much! https://www.avfc.co.uk/news/2021/april/Konsa-pens-contract-extension/
    3 points
  32. Just seen that Man City and Man Utd have been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup today. They would have been two of the favorites, so potentially good news for us. Alongside Liverpool we're probably the strongest side left in the competition, could probably be argued that we were the strongest team even before today, but those two going out can only help us.
    2 points
  33. I do believe there are times when a loan is absolutely necessary, and times when they are unnecessary. If a young player doesn't yet have the mindset to carry the responsibility of being in the starting line, up a loan to the lower leagues can show them the weight of what it means to play in a competitive men's league regardless of the level of the league. The u23's league is excellent from a technical standpoint, but the intensity, pace and aggressiveness pales in comparison to the Championship and even league 1. In sending a talented youngster to league 1 and 2 what you’re doing is giving a chance to play football with a level of competitiveness that is similar the Premier, while the level of athleticism and technique matches or is within the players capabilities. For most young players at our academy it's not ability that holds them back, but mentality. So the lower leagues is a good place to send them to see if they have the mental fortitude to compete against seasoned pros. For Jack this was necessary as he was always just playing for fun and and never really had to be ultra competitive to do well as his talent was so prodigious. The loan showed he had the persistence and bravery to deal with the dirty treatment he would inevitably have to deal with as well as the physical and mental rigors or player regular competitive football. Subsequently it's after the breakthrough here at Villa was he able to develop the professional approach to get where he is now. Some players however it's clear they already have the mentality, in which case is probably best to hone their game at the club to make them ready for playing with the big boys, and so introducing them gradually like Phil Foden or Gareth Barry. Unless a player has already set himself apart in the youth set up, little will be known to the decision makers as to whether a player really has the mental qualities necessary. So for larger academies especially it's a case of when in doubt loan them out. If a player is clearly very talented and well known to all the coaches then if a loan is sactioned its for one of two reasons. Doubts about their mentality or not having room for them in the first team squad yet, but not wanting to hamper their development. What I'm basically saying is the top prospects loans are generally necessary, but not necessarily for 'seasoning' a youngster, and the average prospect it's to see if they sink or swim.
    2 points
  34. I've had the jab but am definitely avoiding Snickers from now on.
    2 points
  35. Indeed, it’s implying “we have ways of making you listen”
    2 points
  36. You learn something new every day, always thought it was Lazio
    2 points
  37. in terms of league position then maybe we have nothing to play for but in terms of club progression these last 10 games are vital. if we're going to convince the likes of grealish and konsa they should be here next year or even the quality of players we hope to bring in.
    2 points
  38. Players toughening up in the lower leagues isn't about them cleaning boots, being roughed up, and poor facilities, all that's an outdated cliche. Going on loan to the lower leagues gives them the experience of playing at level much higher than what they're used to, helps them to get used to the speed of the game and yes will better prepare them for the physical side of the game at senior level, if the option was there to send them to a championship club or an higher level of club abroad I'm sure we'd do it, but failing that Leagues One and Two and probably even the National League can give them vital experience Naive in the extreme to think our youngsters wouldn't benefit from playing in league one or two over playing for the U23s.
    2 points
  39. How's it not Saturday today?
    2 points
  40. Our youngsters are going to be going out on loan to lower league clubs whether people like it or not, Delaney said in one of his recent interviews that he sees loan moves as one of the most important stages of a youngster's development and stated that Mark Harrison our Head of Academy agrees with him. We've just appointed Henshall as our head of loan moves for that very reason, and probably no coincident that he has experience of the lower leagues, we're not at the stage yet where we can send our youngsters to championship clubs or to the top leagues in other countries, if they were that far along in their development they would have at least had some game time with our first team by now.
    2 points
  41. I'd just ask myself what I stand to gain from coming off them. If there are no side-effects after the first couple of weeks and the only concerns are long-term and/or stigma then the former would seem to be a minuscule risk compared to the benefits and the latter can go and **** itself. Only you have the answers though, my man. We're all here, whatever route you take.
    2 points
  42. Statement after statement. So pleased at how the club is being run now.
    2 points
  43. i asked my Welsh mate how many partners he has had. He started counting then fell asleep.
    2 points
  44. I did a classic double bluff of pouring ketchup over my throat, knife in the hand and lying in the kitchen, pretending to be dead prank. Once the screaming had finished we all laughed and then I actually killed myself. They proper fell for it as well Idiots - this is a classic Lapal_fan triple bluff - I'll probably do it later, but for now - I have to convince an ambulance crew..
    2 points
  45. Is my kids generation the last generations who, when pushing a toy car, will sound "brummmmmm"?
    2 points
  46. Sort of continuing the monastic feel above, had one of these the other day: Maybe everyone else has had one of these 'English Trappist Ales', but it was a new one on me. Strong and perfumed and tasted a little of coffee which I hate, but I actually quite liked the beer. A pleasant surprise, would purchase again. Perhaps better in winter. Also had one of these: 'Arraun' by Basqueland is marketed as a 'hoppy amber ale', and it was, in the best possible way. It combined the rich toffee flavour of an amber with the floral taste of a pale, but in a way that they complemented each other perfectly. A genuine top 10 beer, which is currently available through HonestBrew if anyone's interested (actually, so is the other one now I think of it).
    2 points
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