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  1. I can't wait for the window to shut so I can stop checking this thread daily for transfer updates, but instead find myself reading page after page of the doom mongers spewing the same garbage for the last 8+ seasons. Some of you moaners must be great at parties... Unbelievable. This culture of instant gratification/entitlement makes me hate being a fan of sports. Nothing is good enough for some people... This is the strongest Villa team we've had during my 15 years of following the Premier League, and yes that includes our 07-08 squad. We have the best youth team setup in the country with several superb talents on the verge of breaking through, and just brought in 4 quality players this summer. Yeah, we sold Jack... Boo hoo... We got the 6th highest transfer fee of all time for him, when we nearly sold him for Josh Onomah and a bag of crisps 3 summers ago. We finally have some smart men who have business sense in control of the club, along with a fantastic manager who worked his way up to the Premier League from League 1 and hasn't let us down yet. If they've decided to not spend more money or not to buy this magical brick shithouse defensive midfielder who will magically allow us to qualify for the Champions League, I trust them. UTV!!!
    47 points
  2. It means he's unhappy about something, Tom.
    35 points
  3. I can't remember the last time I posted in this thread but in terms of Dean Smith I feel the same now as I would have done the last time I did. That is that I believe he will again do this season what he has done in the three previous seasons and take us forward. I thought Smith played a blinder yesterday with how he adapted our tactics to nullify Chelsea whilst still allowing us to be an attacking threat and bar 30 seconds in the first half it worked a treat. Second half Tuchel adapted, as you would expect from a manager/team that are champions of Europe, and we found it more difficult but had it not been for a stupid mistake, which can happen, we could well have taken something and in fairness based on the whole game we probably did deserve something. I listened to Smith's post match interview last night and he did as he always does and described exactly the game we had all seen. No bullshit. I also listen to his pre match interviews and despite being given opportunities to do so he never plays on the injuries we have had, the covid problems, the issue with the two Argentinian lads. He hasn't got close to putting his best 11 on the pitch this season but he has made no excuses and still over the last 3 games I have seen plenty to be positive about. We get our best 11 on the pitch fit and firing and I think we are in for a real treat. It may well be we are going to have to be a little patient as it may take a few more weeks yet before we are fully up to speed and I think we may well see the opposite to last season and a slower start but really kick on in the second half of the season. I just hope as supporters we don't become impatient and start getting on the managers and players backs as that will only hinder our progress.
    34 points
  4. UPDATE: The club have responded, and are trying to sort a box out for them! Have to give a huge shout out to Dan Bardell for pushing this forward. Also obviously, got to love this club!
    34 points
  5. I 100% disagree with this last line... VillaTalk was in full doom and gloom mode the last week of the transfer window because we didn't sign a midfielder and there was a lot of criticism aimed directly at Smith for "not seeing and addressing something so obvious to most fans". Lots of hot takes on McGinn and Dougie not being good enough for a top half team, the kids not Prem quality or ready yet, and even still Sanson is getting called a flop or "waste of a signing" by some around here when he hasn't kicked a ball in anger this season. Some still are moaning on about the fact that if we had bought a new CM, it would have automatically made us contenders for Europe... Fast forward to 5 games into the season and our central midfielders have arguably been our strongest unit so far. McGinn is back to his old self, Dougie is getting better and better every week (he made the WhoScored team of the weekend yesterday), and young Jacob Ramsey has surpassed all our expectations and is looking like a future star in the making. If it was up to VillaTalk/the fans, McGinn would have been benched, Douglas Luiz would be off to Roma for 20 million, and Ramsey would be at a mid table Championship club on loan while we have an 18 year old midfielder who only played ~20 games of professional football in France starting... The point is, we don't know the full story. Deano does and he hasn't let us down yet. He took us from mid table in the Championship to mid table in the Prem in 3 seasons while playing some of the best football I've ever seen Villa play, but that still doesn't seem to be enough for some fans...
    33 points
  6. People continue to doubt and question the man and he continues to make them look foolish. If he hasn't earnt your trust and belief by now then you need to question what agenda you have. 3rd year back in the prem and we are going toe to toe with the likes of Chelsea and then smashing Everton. He's building something special here.
    33 points
  7. How anyone could have watched that for 90 minutes and claim we were awful…I have no idea.
    33 points
  8. Please forgive this lil bit of self indulgence but I got fully discharged from QE hospital this morning after 5 years of observation (scans, blood tests, x rays and consultations) after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016.....at a cost of losing one crown jewel. No history of the big C in my family, so boys...take my advice and make sure you have a daily fumble down there and check your plums (who am I kidding !? )
    33 points
  9. I got the news today that I don't have Huntington's disease which is.....very very very much something to be cheerful about
    27 points
  10. The negativity can be exhausting in here sometimes. Toys thrown out of prams because we didn't beat Brentford despite the team being decimated with injuries and covid. Just a few years back we nearly went under. Luckily our new owners came in and saved us. Now people are upset we won't finish top 6/8 this season? Have a word with yourself and lets all thank our lucky stars we still have a competitive Premier League team.
    25 points
  11. Petition to add an additional "Mike Dean" option as lowest rating below Very Poor in the Refereeing Performance in the Ratings and Reactions thread. We need it for the guy reffing today.
    25 points
  12. Troy Deeney: Birmingham City's new signing wants to see the Tilton rock again - BBC Sport https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58409943 If he wants to see the Tilton rock, just give it a push lol.
    24 points
  13. Any villa fan should feel mightily pissed off tonight. The best player we’ve had for a generation can barely get on the pitch when he’s with us but is instantly starting once he moves to a big 6 club. It’s a joke tbh
    24 points
  14. I am. Absolutely. Happiest I've been supporting this club since MON left. Apart from those MON years, I can't remember a time I've been more excited about our future. A time I've liked so many of our players and manager. What's there to be unhappy about? You've seen life in the championship. What's so bad about average in the Premier league? I might get bored of it after a few years. But right now? Iove it. Absolutely love it.
    24 points
  15. Did you call Martin Laursen pathetic when he played 10 games for Villa i his 1st 3 seasons or your namesake Fabian who was injured his first 3 seasons as well
    23 points
  16. Has anyone seen the commentary of the goal with : " Leon Bailey! Announces his arrival, in front of the Holte End, at Villa Park! This famous football Cathedral, have a team worthy of the stage again, a team to be proud of, they are showing their class! " *Shudders! Gave me goosebumps that, not even because of Bailey, because of the roar, the commentators ode and the reminder of who the f*CK we are! I've missed these nights! Wish I could share the video from Facebook. Probs been shared already but man!
    23 points
  17. Danny Murphy is not a fan therefore its a great appointment.
    23 points
  18. Well by and large this thread is a lot less of a dumpster fire than these things can often be on the internet, well done guys Me personally, I don't get bent out of shape over terms like biological sex. Terms like A(M/F)AB (assigned male/female at birth respectively) are great short hand and are probably the easiest ways to avoid arguments though. As long as people extend common courtesy to me and understand that my birth name is legally not my name any more so I probably am not going to respond to it as they would any other person they might meet in their day to day who has changed it for whatever reason (like getting it off a vacuum cleaner) then that's good with me although I view that more as manners than a trans thing. I think some of 'us' can respond to the real dangers and crap we do get for being trans by going out of our way to be a bit precious over certain things which I don't think helps anyone at all. You aren't going to win any friends by yelling and branding people bigots at the drop of a hat for relatively minor shit on a topic that a lot of people don't have exposure to and I think we'd get a lot closer to where we want to be without doing that so much as you see. As far as bathrooms go I kind of err on the side of you should probably go with whichever bathroom you pass as, if the average person on the street would look at you and think 'that's a woman' use that one and if its the other way around then use a stall in the mens...why risk making people uncomfortable for something so minor? The whole toilet thing is such an overblown issue though and I think can sometimes get in the way of actual problems like access to employment, health care and consistently being taken seriously by law enforcement in cases of violence against us. FWIW on the topic of how early a kid should be able to start transitioning my take is more on the side that kids shouldn't be prescribed anything more than puberty blockers until they are at least 16. Most kids by and large don't know what they want and its strikes a good balance of not leaving them in a position where changes might happen that are hard to counteract medically (breast growth, hair, facial bone structure etc) if you do decide that transitioning is necessary when you are more equipped to make an informed decision on your long term future. This would still allow you to pretty much kickstart puberty again without having done anything but delayed those physical changes by just coming off the blockers and a short course of your body's naturally occurring hormones if you decide that maybe you weren't as set on it as you thought. The topic of trans regret is a relatively uncommon occurrence as it is, it does happen but it's always very much the minority response in surveys of trans people of either persuasion with the vast majority of us responding that transitioning has been pretty much life saving and a lot more self harm and suicides coming from either a sense that you might have missed the boat to get the transition you want (this is becoming more of a problem though with kids getting frankly unrealistic transition goals from social media and stuff like that) and other factors trans people ( trans women in particular) are at increased risk of i.e addiction, sexual violence and exploitation, abuse, bullying and garden variety depression. For me personally I first thought I was going to transition at 12 and that never wavered and now I couldn't be happier but I have friends who realised maybe they just didn't enjoy what society expects of a masculine or feminine person and HRT would have definitely not been right for them. A good friend of mine is a ballet dancer and made the good point that her dance training did more to impact how her body actually grew in regards to bone structure, musculature and joints than puberty blockers do and I doubt you are going to see dance studios in court any time soon for warping kids bodies for life. EDIT: Edited to clean up my sleepy spelling and grammar mistakes from this morning and make my ideas more coherent. Thanks for all the nice feedback guys :3
    22 points
  19. Robin Johnson, the owner of Football Insider is an Arsenal fan who started out with a website called Arsenalinsider. Most of the stories are now made up by a chap called Wayne Veysey, he once worked for the Shropshire star and is from Shrewsbury, so could well support a MIldands team with a raging inferiority complex although there are rumours he's a Spurs fan. He wanted to be a proper journalist, but has since found a more comfortable niche in creative football writing. He's responsible for an awful lot of the complete garbage written about football in this country. My understanding is that Wayne Veysey is in a battle for his job after Robin found a monkey that picks stock phrases from a board in the office to make stories. "That's it monkey, one from the player board "Marcus Rashford", very good, now the action board, "is furious with", okay, good, and now the final board "Everton". Excellent, "Marcus Rashford is furious with Everton after talks breakdown" print it and list it against our football insider source - right then...pub?" Dean Smith on the other hand, is not under any threat of losing his job.
    22 points
  20. I feel for AEG, never done much to deserve the shit and bile he gets on here. it’s embarrassing
    22 points
  21. Failed at Juve = not good enough for Villa.
    22 points
  22. I just wish people respected our players as a whole. There's almost a clamour to call some players "shit". It doesn't matter if you don't particularly rate a player, just get behind them. You can tell at the ground that certain players will get the whole mass-sigh/abuse stuff for, say, misplacing a pass or whatever, compared to others who are more highly rated. El Ghazi is absolutely in that former category and seems to have the kind of personality where this will impact his game negatively. It's OK to have some players better than others. Just get behind them all.
    22 points
  23. I know Butler annoys some people, but here is some perspective. The man has kinda earned the right to be immensely proud and outspoken.
    21 points
  24. Edited after further look. I did a search across the premier league for the last 4 seasons and Carney Chukwuemeka is the only player under 20 to start at CM. He is also the youngest starter in the premier league for the last 4 years, and the only starting CM at 17 since Cesc Fabregas in Nov 2004 for Arsenal against Spurs. The only other one who was listed at Central Midfield under 19 in the last 3 seasons was Billy Gilmour who played a few mins two seasons ago against Sheff Utd for Chelsea. He was 18 years and 2 months old.
    21 points
  25. He's been called up to the England U21 squad.
    21 points
  26. Well I'm just blown away by the payrise I've just been offered... 15.2%
    20 points
  27. Undeserved heavy loss. Decent tactics and gameplan from the boss and, barring Mings, I felt a good team performance overall. Worst referee I've seen all season, which is really saying something, as PGMOL has provided us with a veritable clown car of ineptitude so far in 2021/22. Should really be investigated tbqh.
    20 points
  28. I'm not so sure. He doesn't seem the most inteligent judging by this photo.
    20 points
  29. We had a 17 year old and a 36 year old full back in midfield. Injuries have decimated us. Happy with a point. We chug along. Can't wait til we're back to full strength. El Ghazi MOTM by a mile.
    20 points
  30. Regardless of what happens with him this window,Conor is a true professional and think its awesome Dean made him Captain tonight.
    20 points
  31. He must have presented fine after the first knock. Concussion isn’t like breaking a leg, it can take some time to show itself. Labelling the medical staff as a disgrace when you’ve absolutely no idea what the circumstances were is ludicrous. This desire to remove all risk from contact sport is also completely unrealistic.
    19 points
  32. Michael K Williams dead apparently. **** hell that's a shocker
    19 points
  33. Jack has indirectly damaged the perception of his own club, thats the thing I dislike most about this situation. He broke into the England team by playing at a near world class level with Aston Villa. 90% of his England appearances he has been MOTM including that Belgium game where he was far and away the best player on the pitch against the #1 ranked team in the world. Yet, has now gone on record to explain how basically you need to leave an Aston Villa to get into the England side. He doesnt see what that says to all those currently at Villa, who will obviously look up to him. It belittles the club you love, and potentially weakens us further down the line when the JPBs, Carneys etc follow your blueprint and try to get out. Its supporting the status quo when you know damn well the owners have ambitions to break it in the future. They wanted you to be the face and emblem of this new era of AVFC, yet you relinquish the captaincy and being the leader, and always planned to when the clause was met. “Yeah, that why we had it put in”. Then he goes on to claim that he’ll only stay in the England side through how he performs for Man City, keeping the levels up and improving. Could have done that at Villa too, Jack. If you get to 15 goals and 15 assists at Villa, and are clearly the most creative and exciting Englishman in the top league in the world, regardless of club, you will be starting every game for England. I get wanting to test yourself at CL level and its a short career, but again, its Villa’s ambition to get there too, dont come out and sell everyone a dream as captain that we’re back now. Emi Martinez thought you were staying, remember his quotes in the season and then upon your departure. He seemed as shocked as we were, thats the illusion we were all under. We were in this together and moving along nicely. These were the results last season against the “sky 6” Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool // Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa // Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa // Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal Man City 2-0 Aston Villa // Aston Villa 1-2 Man City Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa // Aston Villa 1-3 Man Utd Aston Villa 0-2 Spurs // Spurs 1-2 Aston Villa Thats as competitive as an Aston Villa side as we’ve seen against the top clubs since the 90s. We werent a million miles away, squad depth just needed improving, which it would have got with these magnificent owners. Another year we wanted together, then if we couldnt achieve anything, everyone would have accepted his move with a lot more grace imo. We got £100m though, have baught well with it, but seeing our favourite son turn out like this cuts deeper than he’ll ever understand.
    19 points
  34. Post on poster aside… ( I’ll take the warning or ban ) I’m sorry you're talking (as usual) complete & utter horse $h!T. Google the pictures of his leg separating FFS … We can never know what Wesley could’ve been before his career trajectory was curtailed through ZERO fault of his own …Callously ignoring this, you deride him and his abilities based for whatever sad and apparent self gratifying reason… You call yourself a Villa fan yet relish in criticising at every opportunity hyperbolically 90% of the time. I cannot understand how anyone wouldn’t want to see Wesley again in a Villa shirt myself. Just think about it …
    19 points
  35. The set piece routine after 15 minutes when Cash played it short to Targett, changing the angle for him to play it to Konsa at the back post who nodded it down to Mings who controlled it for Ings was so good to watch. I think it's a work of art to come up with clever set piece routines like that. He's had such an obvious immediate impact.
    18 points
  36. This is what I love about Dean, when you look at his back room appointments, Terry, Shakespeare, AM, he has the confidence in his own ability to surround himself with strong personalities. I think that says a lot about the guy.
    18 points
  37. We were very good - if we play like that we'll beat a lot of teams this season. I thought McGinn was outstanding, Luiz and Ramsey excellent, Watkins did well, the fullbacks were very good and we generally defended very well. We took the game to them and had plenty of chances - 3-0 is massively flattering to them and I don't think a draw would have been undeserved - but at this level it's a game of fine margins and the combination of a daft error by Mings and a frighteningly good striker in Lukaku made the difference. I look forward to having Martinez back in goal and I'm very happy with the options we now have going forward - I liked the shape, I loved the attitude, I hated the result - but this is the second toughest fixture in the Premier league and we've more than matched them for long periods - to win this one you have be faultless and you have to be lucky - we weren't quite either, but there was plenty of positive stuff on display. Bad result. Good signs.
    18 points
  38. If you believe in conspiracy theories it would be much appreciated for you to post in this thread instead cheers:
    18 points
  39. Sarah Harding (39) of Girls Aloud has died after being diagnosed with advanced stage Breast Cancer
    18 points
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