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  1. I've been banging on about signing him ever since i saw his highlight video 3 minutes ago . He's been one of the best wingers in world football since late July.
    27 points
  2. Can't wait to get my Bily shirt...
    21 points
  3. Got a mate who can sort out a few E's if anyones interested. Won't go on the shirt but will certainly cheer us all up! (Please note, this is a joke, I'm a respectable 46 year old dad of 3)
    19 points
  4. Not sure, opinion is Split.
    16 points
  5. Wlcom Lon Baily.
    15 points
  6. Just had a call from my Man City supporting pal - apparently a big lorry has just pulled up at Etihad - with a huge delivery of printable letter E s Not looking promising folks
    15 points
  7. I'd like him to stay. I'd like him to spend his whole career here. I'd love for the club to announce a new contract before kick off at the Sevilla game and I hope they do. But...if it's not to be, if he leaves for the shortcut in what is a pretty short career, I'll be disappointed - he's a brilliant footballer, a good Captain and a Villa fan through and through. He'll be a Villa fan for the rest of his life - if he goes, I hope he wins a sackful of medals and if he comes back to Villa Park in another shirt, I'll applaud him onto the field - because he's earned that - he's given me footballing moments I won't forget - the volleys against Derby and Cardiff, his goals against small heath, his part in our run to promotion, his heroic part in keeping us up last season, all those little moments in games where he's done something outrageously skilful - those moments make the life of football supporters better, they've made my life better in some small way. And we've had them, loads of them, we've loved them and we've been fed them by one of our own - I hope there will be plenty more to come. If he goes, I'll be gutted, but I won't wish him ill; he'll be back before too long; as a player in his twilight, as a coach, as an ambassador or just as a plain old fan - Villa is in him and always will be, regardless of what colour shirt he wears. I'd like him to stay, I want him to stay and I remain very hopeful that he will - but if he comes back in another shirt, I'll applaud him, because he's earned it and because I'm not a child, I'll applaud him for what he's given and because he's a Villa man. And obviously I'll hope he loses.
    14 points
  8. naughty, naughty, very very naughty
    14 points
  9. Is that the kids version ?
    13 points
  10. Think the toilet is just for staff mate
    13 points
  11. Please reveal them. Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.
    12 points
  12. If it was me, as a Villa fan, born in North Brum, I'd rather play, captain and be an icon for the team I support, ahead of winning medals for a team I have no connection with. I'd get far more pride from the former. Thats just me though and I know other people will have different views.
    12 points
  13. Are they your kids?
    11 points
  14. You do know the transfer committee is Purslow, Smith, Lange and the club shop manager. He vetoed Snith-Rowe for the lack of hyphens available
    11 points
  15. I’m not typing that lttr until h signs a nw contract.
    11 points
  16. Was he singing "Stand and Deliver" at the time?
    10 points
  17. What the hell is going on? Why are certain people losing their heads and discussing how Jack will be viewed or treated if he leaves and even worse the potential of breaking his leg? WTF?!! And barely a reaction to such stupidity? There’s nothing to suggest that he is leaving, so why the crazy and absurd overreactions? Bloody hell.. If he was to read this thread now he probably would want to leave if that’s what some of our “fans” are like… Right now, he’s not going anywhere. So don’t turn on him! At least hold tight and see how things pan out… FFS
    10 points
  18. Can’t have your cake and eat it , pretty clear if he left it would be against villa wishes and down to him
    9 points
  19. Welcome to Villa, Lon Bily.
    9 points
  20. I think he will stay. That is just my personal take. I think the only thing that is certain is that a hell of a lot of people in the media have gone out on limbs at various times claiming one thing or another but have been made to look stupid. I’m taking no notice of any of it.
    9 points
  21. We won’t. If they included a buyout clause in his contract it’s because it was the only way to protect his value in the event of him leaving. If Jack leaves it will be because Jack has driven it. I’m at the weary stage now. I just want to focus on incomings, the start of the new season and the players that want to be here. Hopefully that includes Jack, but if it doesn’t, so be it.
    9 points
  22. 8 points
  23. Fabrizio Romano who is still the ITK guru and the only source I truly trust has said we're still trying to come to an agreement with Leverkusen, we're in active contact but nothing is advanced. Does make me wonder how these transfer things work sometimes, particularly when you have a club that would surely be willing to sell for the right price, and a buying club with lots of money and clearly willing to spend. Are we just having the world's slowest polite office conversation before getting down to what we really want from them? 1/7/21: "Heyyyy Bayer, my man, good to see you, how you been? 4/7/21: "Ja, not bad, you?" 12/7/21: "Good mate good, what do you make of the naughty Wayne stories?" 15/7/21: "Ahhh, nicht gud, nicht gud." 28/7/21: "Yeah yeah, ANYWAY the reason I popped over here..."
    8 points
  24. It sure is! Unfortunately the only way this will change is by us re-earning some long lost respect as a club. I remember walking back into Birmingham on my way back from Rotterdam knowing that AVFC was truly back where it should be. We had earned respect once again and were at the pinnacle of World football once more. I remember thinking "The cream has finally risen back to the top!" HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE CREAM TO RISE? Lets not forget that up until World War 1, which effectively changed the whole football landscape, AVFC was thought of as one of the true elite if not THE elite club. After the huge disruption of WW1 (1914-1918) we were just getting back to our place (Two FA cup wins & League title runners up twice between the two World Wars) before the second & much longer World War hit 1939 - 1945) and once again understandably this churned everything up massively in the Football World. Post WW2 It took us 35 years to rise to League Champions Once again. During that 35 year period we still managed to win 1 FA cup in 1957 & 3 League cups in 1960/61, 1974/75 & 1976/77 there were also several other achievments such as champions of the lower leagues during some darker times. It's worth noting that some of the more unsuccessful clubs, who the media now seem to group us with and see us amongst would be proud of this trophy haul even if it represented their entire history's achievements! I also think we need to understand that many of todays pundits & certainly fans of those glory hunter type clubs, simply do not have enough knowlegde of the history of the game nor any memory of these facts as they basically were not born or old enough to remember them. As we all know we finally got back to the pinnacle in 1980/81 winning the League title and even went a step further in 1982 with that European cup win in Rotterdam. Luckily i was there so i remember it. Then something hugely damaging to this club happened. A certain gentleman who one of our stands is named after, bought the club and ran us like a corner shop for 35 years. He destroyed the respect that this club had earned more than once over the previous hundred years or so. The evidence is as clear as day, he took over the European Champions and our very next achievement was in 1987/88 .....As second division runners up!! Need i say more? This 35 year stretch under one Doug Ellis was what broke AVFC and is why we are derided by todays pundits & fans as it was quite frankly the poorest ever 3 - 4 decade period in our history.. though even this saw us as title runners up in the early 90's and twice more League cup winners in 93/94 & 95/96. Then the Ellis effect had us just existing in midtable insignificant mediocrity for almost 2 decades! Lets remember that this is the only period most of these people have been alive through, so the rest they simply cannot comprehend. So we now have to re-earn that lost respect. We have historically done it before several times and we can do it again. NSWE are already 3 years into the process of doing this but it will take a while longer yet. Looking through our history it has taken around 12 years for this club to rise to big trophy wins after both World wars. Only when this happens will pundits/fans see us "worthy" of players with Jack's ability. Over to you NSWE!
    8 points
  25. Not sur what you'r on about. It works absolutly fin.
    7 points
  26. No real surprise that Juventus was a more desirable prospect than Villa was, or that that the Leeds boy Phillips wanted to stay at Leeds, or that Leicester is a more desirable destination than we are and so on and so on. This whole Smith doesn't understand how a midfield work or that he doesn't value defensive players is nonsense. We've clearly tried to sign one in Phillips (and Weston McKennie who' at least has intensity and workrate)) and I'm certain other targets as well. We are not in a position where we can just point and sign players, even with PL money. Players we have signed or are linked with are players who are looking to move on and see us as a step or an interesting next move. The number of world class DCM's or world class talent DCM's is not that big, and the ones willing to come here is even less. I'm certain that if a player who meets this criteria appears we will be all over it. In the meantime we are adjusting other areas in the squad. Can't believe how people can be expecting things to happen so fast considering where we were even a year ago. Teams we are competing with have had years and years to build their squads. We are in our 3rd semi-rebuild in 3 years ffs. Finally in a position where we can add the right pieces and build without panic but it's not good enough, unless we play in Europe asap it's a huge failure apparently. Absolute state of it.
    7 points
  27. When he does go, the only thing that I think will annoy me will be the sudden lauding of him as somehow instantly better because of the shirt he now wears, and the fact he'll suddenly become an England starter, when the reality is hell be playing just as well as he was here.
    7 points
  28. He's currently better defensively than all of them apart from maybe Nakamba and a way better passer of the ball than him. Ramsey is talented, but doesn't yet add much apart from running when he comes on. Needs to go on loan playing every week to properly develop. I agree that ideally we'll be after a first choice midfielder, I just don't buy all this 'worry' from people. You'd think we scraped survival last season again. I also think our coaches and the club have earned enough credit for us to give them the benefit of the doubt, particularly with a player that one of them has worked with. At least he wouldn't cost near £30m like Tyrone Mings, the other 26 year old flop we've signed recently.
    7 points
  29. We have a Brazil International CM who is only 23 years old. Maybe we should give him the chance to flourish and further develop his game - rather than write him off and replace him because of a slight dip in form
    7 points
  30. I'm just wondering as well when Arsenal are going to launch their bid.
    7 points
  31. I repeat. If there's no clause, there's no chance. And I fully dispute Jack actively wants to go while we're still improving. Of course he's going to get tempted by certain things. But that's not the same.
    7 points
  32. Yes and no. These guys have put a system in place that allows us to move forward if we lose personnel. And I don’t just mean players either. Smith is a head coach and if he leaves, they parachute someone else in to exactly the same set up without rewriting the whole rule book. That way, we’re never ‘starting over’. When it comes to Grealish, it’s no different. Will they be able to replace him with a player as good? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve. I’ve mentioned it before but we’ll have stats, data and scouting reports on every single player in Europe and around £120m to spend (after Bailey arrives). The goal won’t be to replace Grealish, it will be to sign 2/3 very good players to improve the team. A very good left winger, defensive midfielder and no.8 will probably see us in a better place than if we kept Grealish and signed nobody else. Obviously, the best option is if we keep Grealish, and go on to sign a defensive midfielder but that might not be possible with the wages he’ll cost and the lack of transfer funds. Chelsea won the Champions League without Grealish last year and Leicester won the FA cup without Grealish last year. A large part of this is because they don’t rely as much on an individual as we do - Grealish. Then there are the issues with his shins. I’ve had shin splints before and it isn’t so much an injury, more an ailment. It just affects you and could come back at anytime. It’s completely unpredictable and not as tangible as say, a broken leg. If he moves on, it might flare up again and he may miss 15 games next year.. Leicester are a great example to follow. Get your scouting right and you can build a team and a system that keeps ticking along every year, even if you lose a Kante/Grealish. We’re also a much bigger club than Leicester and our ceiling is higher so if we can pull off what they do, with the right scouting etc. then a day will come when players like Grealish are desperate to join us. I don’t want him to leave. It will probably be the toughest thing to take as a Villa fan in the last however many years, but the club, and us fans, need to see the opportunity amongst the despair. We will go on, and we can get better. More fool Grealish for leaving when Mings steps up to lift the FA cup next year. UTV
    6 points
  33. Dusty Hill. ZZ Top bassist has died. Resist the urge to give us the beard trivia.
    6 points
  34. Bob Odenkirk collapsed yesterday filming Better Call Saul and there's still no news on his condition, just that he's still in hospital. Hoping he's okay - I love Saul!
    6 points
  35. MATTY CONTACTLESS
    6 points
  36. Anyway I look at it this way. If he leaves, we might not have/get a player " as good as " or " better than " Jack Grealish, for years. However, we can potentially build a TEAM far superior to any we have ever had, WITH him here. Without all the Bollox distractions of the " superstar "
    6 points
  37. Good luck Seb.
    6 points
  38. Sold out I guess. Did they get a Bundia shirt instead?
    6 points
  39. My first proper post !!! I see Will Hughes has refused a new contract at Watford and is training with their Under 23s. I think he might have lost his way of late, but was a real talent when he burst on the scene 8 or 9 years ago. Still only 26 and managed/ coached by Craig Shakespeare, when latter was at Watford. Picked up rumours on here we might be interested.
    6 points
  40. I’m not so sure about this. If he wants to go, genuinely wants to go, then we should allow him to leave but for a reasonable fee. To me, that is around the £130m mark. There is no point in keeping a player who doesn’t want to be here and as I’ve mentioned previously, 10 teams finished above us last season without Jack Grealish so he’s not the be all and end all. We’ve put a system in place (and spent a lot of money on it) where we probably have stats/data on most players in Europe so there is no reason why we can’t reinvest that £130m straight back into the team and improve. For example, we could go out and buy Bissouma, Ward Prowse and McNeil. Add those 3 players to the Bailey signing and are we not stronger than last year? My knowledge of the European leagues is fairly poor so I’m sure you lot can name 3 better players we could buy with that cash! The difficult of course is signing these players after Grealish leaves as we won’t be as an attractive proposition. The key indicator that Jack will be leaving will be when we sign a player for big money that either plays in his position or we strengthen an area of the squad we perhaps weren’t going to this summer. I go through peaks and troughs with this transfer. Some days I can’t live with the idea that he wont be an Aston Villa player next season, other days I’m pragmatic about it and realise that even the best teams lose their better players and can bounce back stronger. Either way, I think this drags into next week. There is nothing I’d like more than for Grealish to extend his contract on the Friday before the Sevilla game and both him and Bailey line up against them. Goosebumps.
    6 points
  41. And then a spaceship will come down and laser Ollie Watkins’ foot off and then a bird will swoop down and poo in Buendia’s eye making him blind and then Dean Smith will die in a freak yachting accident.
    6 points
  42. What, they're out of hyphens as well as Es, and As and Gs? There goes my Philogene-Bidace shirt
    5 points
  43. am i the only one that would 100% do crap like removing the grealish mannequin and posters then sit back and watch the online meltdown if i were working in a club shop on minimum wage and wanted to pass the time?
    5 points
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