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  1. Yesterday was classic Wednesday stuff.
    14 points
  2. Why would anyone boo him or wish him to get injured? He’s helped us get to where we are now, which is a much better position than we were a few years ago. It’s not about money, it’s about him winning trophies and playing at the very top level which probably won’t happen at villa just yet, and he isn’t getting any younger. In an ideal world he’d stay, but he obviously doesn’t want to, so I’d rather him leave if that’s the case. I hope he goes to city and is a success. People need to realise City are one of the glamour clubs now and are a very big pull. Also I remember City pre oil money and they were a big club then with a very loyal fan base . I prefer the City of old , but all this talk of them being a plastic club makes us look bitter . Unfortunately they got lucky and we never . Them and Chelsea have gone to the next level.
    13 points
  3. Again, not on board with this snake stuff. It probably was a really thought decision. And he’s had Euros to worry about then a holiday after a gruelling year. We are in danger of becoming super whiny. It has happened, it’s his choice, we aren’t massively damaged by it at all. Because of FFP I don’t buy this idea that the money we are spending isn’t the Grealish money. This has clearly been on the cards and I don’t think signing Bailey and Ings so close is a coincidence. Grealish made his decision and now the dominos are all falling as planned in my opinion. No one in all of this is an idiot. It’s just business.
    9 points
  4. Just did a statistical comparison between Ings and Watkins to see the places of considerable differences in their games and to see what each would bring differently. I'm only highlighting the stats where I feel there's a big difference, so there's a lot of smaller differences that may exist but I'm ignoring. Also their goal and assist(or expected assist) returns are actually quite similar to each other especially if you ignore penalties. So they should be no worry of us sacrificing any level of general offensive output whenever we swap one out for the other. Right off the bat, Ings seems to be the much better finisher having overperformed his xG by 3.7 whilst Watkins underperformed it by 2.0. Watkins seems to be the better passer though with an average passing accuracy of 72.8 percent to Ings's 66.3 percent. This difference is mostly concentrated within medium passes and long passes where Watkins has the edge. However, Ings's crossing seems to be a lot better. In terms of shot and goal creation, Ings is the much better dribbler in both shot creation and goal creation. Aside from that, the only considerable difference in this category is that a lot more of Watkins's defensive actions end up into shots. Watkins commits more tackles in the final 3rd of the pitch. Ings presses more in the defensive 3rd of the pitch. Ings is also the better blocker with 1.95 blocks per 90 compared to Watkins's 0.51 per 90 particularly in terms of blocking passes. I'm noting here that both Watkins and Ings have almost the exact same amount of touches per 90 on the pitch so that won't possible source of bias with some of these stats. Watkins has more carries into penalty box than Ings. But Ings has more nutmegs. Not sure how having more nutmegs matters but its a big difference in terms of both their stats so figured I should mention it. Watkins gets more yellow cards and is much better in the air than Ings. So to put it all together, Danny Ings's strengths relative to Watkins -Finishing -Crossing -Dribbling shot and goal creation(or effective dribbling to use my own personal terminology) -Blocking -Pressing in the defensive 3rd -Nutmegs(if you want to count this I guess) -Discipline Ollie Watkins's strengths relative to Ings -Passing -Defensive shot creation -Tackling in the final 3rd -Carries into the penalty box -Aerial
    9 points
  5. My 10 year old daughter absolutely idolises Jack, she even has a signed luke away shirt on her bedroom wall. Having broke the news of Jack possibly leaving us last week she was devastated. This morning I have told her it looks like today is the day Her response "meh, you're either Villa or you're not" She said she will take his shirt off the wall when it has been confirmed.
    7 points
  6. Well we paid £25m for a proven PL striker who turned 29 last month… I think that’s great value. Also, why would we panic buy when we have until 31st August to buy players? This is a player Man City we’re considering to replace Aguero if the Kane thing doesn’t happen! (Joelinton was £40m wasn’t he? And Haller was the same?)
    6 points
  7. Also can we please, please knock any suggestion of “lack of ambition” of NSWE on the head. They’ve done everything they can. Heck they managed to keep him for a year. They’ve thrown money at the club. They now doubt threw more money at Grealish. This is all on Grealish. He wanted to leave for money and medals. That’s all there is to it and you can’t stop it. Anyone who thinks we can tell Grealish to shut up and honour his contract is seriously deluded. We got a good price for a footballer who now plays somewhere else and will be forgotten about like Benteke and the like before him. Move on.
    6 points
  8. When we came up, Jack managed 6 goals and 6 assists that season. Cantwell has done exactly the same at the same age, in fewer minutes. The season before he managed 6 goals in the premier league for bottom finishing Norwich. Buendia managed 1 goal in the same team. He’s underwhelming because his name is Todd Cantwell and he looks a bit like a girl. He’s a good player. He’s got an eye for a goal, and he puts in a shift. He’s got lovely control, and he’s got a bit of a swagger. I think he’d be a great signing - at the right price obviously.
    6 points
  9. The whole of VT when we found out we signed Ings with no prior warning
    6 points
  10. Jesus, Wesley Fofana leg broken in " revenge tackle "... Eerily Wesley like. Haven't Leicester just signed him?
    6 points
  11. Alan Shearers Mum ?
    6 points
  12. That tweet all makes sense now.
    6 points
  13. I will totally understand why people feel they may boo Jack when he returns to Villa Park, especially now as the emotion of it all is still raw. But from me, he gets nothing, no boos, no applause, just silence. He's just another player now, could have been a legend, could have lived the fairy-tale, but decided to win trophies just for turning up. And in all honesty I understand why he would want the move, he's a professional footballer afterall. But my energy goes to the players who want to be here.
    5 points
  14. This part is completely left out: "Speaking to The Telegraph about his failed Spurs switch, he said: "Of course there's going to be disappointment there. They've beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, they're playing Barcelona in the Champions League next week. I felt that if I'd gone there I could have maybe been in the England squad by the end of the year. ... I thought I was leaving. Before the new owners, Villa needed the money so I kind of accepted that me going would save the club." We were in the Championship and only a few weeks before Xia had total control. Completely different situation.
    5 points
  15. Well, I actually want him gone now.
    5 points
  16. My Mom is very Old school Jamaican, religious, and dramatic with it. She sometimes watches matches with me, and is pretty much a Villa fan now. She said " I'm very disappointed in Jack, he is turning his back on his people, does he know that GOD is watching? " One can only imagine how tempted I was to troll and scream out " You don't even know who god is!! I've seen the face of god! " Thought it best not to do that though.... lol
    5 points
  17. I wonder how he'll feel after retirement. He's not going to be able to hang around Villa Park, sitting in directors box, acting the ambassador role like Taylor or Little. At best he'll be a Dwight Yorke turning up to co-commentate for whatever version of Sky Sports exists then. Right now Lee Hendrie feels more like a true Villa Man. John Carew feels like more of a Villa Man. Christ even after moving to United and wanting shooting Ashley Young feels like more of a Villa man. He could have got away with it if we were dwindling but we were on the rise, that's why it feels like such a betreyal. Maybe he'll say at Shitty long enough to become a shitty man. Or he'll just be a global Beckham type not really bothering to hang about the game at any particular club. He's not just squandered the chance to become a legend, he's squandered the chance to have any future connection with Aston Villa.
    4 points
  18. Sometimes it’s not about resale value but the immediate qualities they bring and help develop the squad and the young players around them. He will hit the ground running, and bring so much to the team.
    4 points
  19. Absolutely agree. Kane and Lukaku both only 1 year younger yet both being sold (potentially) for circa £120-150M.......now lets talk about value for money!!
    4 points
  20. I've slept on it and I've changed my mind. If there is a release clause as reported then **** him. You don't come out with this 'my club, my city, my home' bollocks having made sure you've written a way out into your contract. That's Delph levels of snide. He plays along with the Mr Aston Villa stuff 'cause it feeds his ego, but let's be honest the guy's tried to leave 3 seasons running and the only reason he hasn't is because our owners are **** brilliant. Hopefully the squad can grow without him and some players may even flourish without the fear of getting an earful from billy big bollocks every time they misplace a pass. Bye Jack, thanks for ruining the memories.
    4 points
  21. Does anyone think Jack might be doing this out of his love of villa? Perhaps he fears his shin problem is worse than we all think, and he knows that his career will be hugely limited, so he is sacrificing himself and playing for the club he loves, to give us a huge boost and lift up in our quest to reach the top 4. If his shins deteriorated he would become near worthless and would also not contribute in a team that over-relied on him. With this move he sorts out out investment in the team for several years, he levels out FFP, which has to be a consideration, he allows us to significantly strengthen and better balance our team, and he sets himself up for life. who knows Will Jack wear villa pants under his City shorts???
    4 points
  22. We should sign Lionel, Ritchie, and the Kamadas
    4 points
  23. This is the signing we should have made instead of Wes back in the summer after promotion to the PL, got there in the end.
    4 points
  24. whats worse, is not a single steak in that list is rare or medium rare! medium! well done! Heathens!
    4 points
  25. Jack has been the golden boy, who has given us many happy moments, but some of his play was overlooked too, due to his stature with us. I am now looking forward to a more balanced team, moving forward and I hope Dean can give us that. I'd be very interested to hear Deans true inner thoughts on the matter.
    4 points
  26. 4 points
  27. I’ve been stitched up here
    4 points
  28. The sum paid maybe on the high side but Dings is a quality player who will strengthen the team on and off the pitch. Some of the negative comments being posted about injury and age concerns are gut reactions but not based on facts, if people are going to drop these type of comments it shows they are not looking into his stats at all and probably have not watched him play for some time as this guy has been prolific for many seasons and is a real team player with very little injury issues. Welcome to the Villa
    3 points
  29. CMON Villa stop playing around and sign someone FFS.
    3 points
  30. I'll be honest I'm sad it's all over. I tried telling myself that I don't really care but it is just really disappointing. The best player I've seen at the club and I expect it will remain that way for quite some time. £100m is a crazy amount of money though and maybe in the long term this is what the club needs, to move away from that '1 man team' tag and show we can keep going without him. Either way I am gutted won't try to say I'm not, if he does a leaving post I expect that will hit me right in the feels as well.
    3 points
  31. Bailey and Ings in last 24 hours are not fantastic?
    3 points
  32. Hopefully in five years time we're in a much better position so other players are less likely to want to leave, that's the only way you're going to stop it from happening, if we ourselves are competing in Europe and seriously challenging for trophies, otherwise any extra talented players we have will want to leave and go somewhere where they can achieve something.
    3 points
  33. Clearly, he’s off… especially with how proactive we are being with our transfer dealings now… We move on and try to become better and more successful without him. Hopefully, we will & should become a more even and balanced team with an abundance of quality and technical ability throughout… a better side overall and not overly reliant on a single player… attacking threats from multiple areas. That’s a positive and something to look forward to imo although I would’ve preferred us to build around Jack and become stronger & more balanced that way, but turns out that was just a dream/fairytale… Hugely disappointed in him, he’s not such a huge fan and doesn’t have as much love for the club as we’d originally thought or been led to believe. I don’t see how you can bear playing & competing against the club you've supposedly adored since you were a child and the MY CLUB, MY CITY, MY HOME lines just ring hollow now… it’s made his departure even worse. To leave so soon after signing a long contract and at a time where we are in our best place as a club in so many years… again, disappointing. All those comments about believing in the vision and project and wanting to be a part of it, it’s all turned out to be BS. How sad… to apparently commit and turn your back on that so quickly… If you truly love this club, you would want to be a part of the adventure and be a focal point for that success. Is there anything better for a true fan? Unfortunately, the romance of football is dead. The game has changed too much. Players are simply commodities or mercenaries… the sooner we accept that and become less attached to these guys, the better. That emotional investment is simply not worth it and never really reciprocated… money has taken over and ruined the sport. Why City are allowed to spend so heavily and basically attempt to buy the league, after all their indiscretions, enquiries and investigations… is beyond me. Wouldn’t be surprised if they added Kane for a similar fee and got off scot free for that too… I don’t know if Jack is emotional or upset about this (he should be) and frankly, I don’t care… Not going to waste too much time, energy and headspace on him… can’t be arsed to be angry or sad about it. I’d rather just focus on the huge positives regarding our club… where we are at and where we want to go… We have great owners and an excellent manager. We still have good players and personalities and are going to bring more in. I’d rather focus on them. Jack will just be a part of the past… a distant memory for me… certainly nowhere near a legend… No cause or reason for abuse, that’s out of order, but I just see him as another player now and have no interest in him. Don’t care what he does or how he gets on. But no hatred or anger, that’s just a waste of energy… However, when he returns to VP (he’s also willingly decided to forego returning to a packed home crowd, all chanting his name in adoration, after missing out on it for so long. A full season in front of fans again would be massively appealing for a player that genuinely loves the club… No one will ever love you like we have Jack, never forget it) he should be made aware that we no longer hold him in high regard and will not be kissing his ass any longer… He could have been a huge, key part of our future and become a genuine legend and icon, forever etched and ingrained in our history. Would have been renowned for it for the rest of his life… Just another player now, by no means a legend. When he leaves, I will no longer care about Jack Grealish. I only care about Aston Villa. To each their own, if others think differently carry on. But don’t try to enforce your view onto others. This is heartbreaking for many fans, young and old, and is an emotional time. Leave people to deal with it as they see fit. But I would encourage fans to keep their heads held high and look forwards with positivity and optimism. We are not going anywhere, we’re here to compete and fight and we will continue to make strides and succeed… UTV
    3 points
  34. Been a long day. Crazy to think that Bailey was only announced this morning!
    3 points
  35. Why, did you got to sleep in Birmingham?
    3 points
  36. Horribly overrated winger whose best returns in PL is 3 goals and 5 assists in 1874 mins. Best returns any season 6 goals 7 assists in 2913 mins for Nice in 18/19 Also got Covid last year was out for a while and right now has not been training for a month because of unspecified illness
    3 points
  37. Guys, Danny Ings is not coming here to sit on the bench in case Watkins finally breaks. So we need to wipe that from our thoughts. My guess is Watkins will be on the left defensively but with license to work the channels, push inside and drop deep whenever he fancies it. With his skillset, he can be trusted to get back into position and do the donkey work when required. He will still be on for 15+ goals as an inside forward. When it was mooted for Tammy, as much as I love him as a man I was less enthusiastic about his ability. Ings is the level of forward you make that 'compromise' for though. The pair of them can cover for one another too, as Ings is not shy when it comes to hard work. The pressing and movement laterally, between and beyond the defensive lines from the two of them combined with the blistering pace of Bailey will be very exciting indeed. Noted that Ings is no slouch either. Buendia is going to have a **** field day.
    3 points
  38. I've been stitched up here
    3 points
  39. Good signing. The next one will surprise you even more
    3 points
  40. It was, wasn’t it. Thanks for creating these whacky Wednesdays for us
    2 points
  41. For the tiny handful of people who are doubting this transfer due to Ings' age and injury record let's look at the last two seasons. Danny Ings Age: 29 years, 13 days Avg Games Played (Prem): 33 Avg Goals Scored (Prem): 17 Avg League Position of team: 13 Harry Kane Age: 28 years, 8 days Avg Games Played (Prem): 32 Avg Goals Scored (Prem): 21 Avg League Position of team: 7 If he does a job for 3 seasons he'll have given us more time in our new Prem era than Jack did (who averaged 31 games FWIW). Even two years is a long time in football, and I doubt we'll be thinking about the 25m we just spent come 2024. Not every transfer in has to be about increasing value of an asset. We're not some tin pot club who sells a 17 year-old for 25 million and retires their shirt. We're Aston **** Villa. If you think Tammy has a higher ceiling then fine (I don't agree art all), but don't make this about injuries or age. Nothing wrong with bringing in proven experience given the relative youthfulness and inexperience of our squad. This is not the MON era.
    2 points
  42. Wtf. That’s just assault. They need to introduce a rule where if you injure someone like that, you sit out until they return from injury also.
    2 points
  43. I've only just calmed down from that game. They were all stupid free kicks to give away, and everyone knew exactlly what was going to happen. We may as well have given away penalties.
    2 points
  44. Would quite like us to take a punt on Kabak at Schalke. Linked with Leicester, who will no doubt step up their interest if Fofana's injury tonight is serious. Had a tough time at Liverpool but that's quite a lot of pressure for your first season. Available for £15m and would offer much more than Tuanzebe. He is highly rated and wouldn't demand a starting spot as he wouldn't get that at Leicester anyway.
    2 points
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