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M_Afro

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  1. I have been disappointed with Dougie for quite a while now but watching how brilliant Gueye is for PSG tonight is proving a timely reminder of the need for patience. I know they are different types of player but we were all glad to see the back of Gueye and just look at what he has achieved since. Both Sanson and Dougie have got the quality to be very good players for us. I am sure we will see that quality coming through next season. I think they can both be effective 8’s in front of a dedicated 6. Add in a quality and pacy right forward and we will be a different proposition I’m sure.
  2. I don’t get that feeling about him at all. I suspect that it is just age/experience acting as a barrier to consistent form at the moment. That and the lack of quality alongside him. Put him in a midfield three alongside Bissouma and Grealish and he will find his consistency.
  3. If he were free and prepared to drop his wage demands then he would be worth a place in our squad but he’s not and he won’t! Move on chaps.
  4. Spot on. Improve the midfield three so we can dominate possession and territory and Bert will be like a different player. He will boss it!
  5. If we really want to improve, then this is the sort of signing we need to be making. He will cost a lot, at least £40m, but he would make a huge difference. There will be some competition for his signature though.
  6. I think the fact that nobody will want to buy him is a bigger reason.
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    Dean Smith

    Agree. There’s still an outside chance that Wolves could catch us too. That would be very very disappointing
  8. Good God. I dread to think what a motivated city will do to that team! 0-5.
  9. The results have all gone terribly for us this weekend.
  10. Being linked with West Ham in the press. I could really see that happening. So long as he doesn’t come here I will be happy
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    Louie Barry

    I have nothing against him personally but he is just so bad. He gives the ball away so easily. He gets knocked off the ball by people much smaller and weaker than him. He rarely beats his man and please don’t get me on his heading. Has there ever been a more ineffectual six foot plus professional footballer in the air. He must close his eyes because more often than not it hits his shoulder or back. He offers nothing at all. He has no future at Villa. Therefore we may as well play a kid who may have.
  12. So tough for Trez. I actually think our best performances this season were games when Trez started on the right. I love his attitude and he is one of the few players who presses the opposition fairly well. He has his limits but effort and enthusiasm are not amongst them.
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    Louie Barry

    Could live with that. Anything other than AEG.
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    Louie Barry

    With Trez being injured I would now play Barry as the left sided forward. He has done the role before and I think he is up to it. Literally anything has to be better than seeing AEG named in the starting 11 again.
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    Dean Smith

    The other very obvious thing to consider when it comes to whether or not Smith gets replaced, is who is/isn’t willing and available to replace him. If the owners are presented with a great opportunity to get a clear upgrade in, then they may go for it no matter where we finish. It’s a possibility because we really are an attractive prospect again. If on the other hand there are no better managers available then smith will stay whatever. No matter where you are in the Smith debate I’m sure most people would be happy to stick with him until a clear upgrade becomes available.
  16. He’s not good enough for the PL. Lacks the size and the pace. We are desperate for both of those things. He has been great for Rangers though this season. Hopefully all players we sign now will be physical and fast. We are so lacking of those qualities in the team. We need set piece specialist too.
  17. Amongst a lot of the negativity of recent months, this guy continues to be a shining light. What a signing he has been. Two or three midfield players to have a similar impact next season and we will be transformed.
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    Dean Smith

    But if this continues until the end of the season, it won’t be recent results/ performances that have been poor. It will be over half a season of poor form. The owners will look at that seriously for certain. I don’t want Dean to get the sack. I really want him to be a success. I just think that the past 3.5 months have left him skating on very thin ice. If there are no improvements between now and the end of the season I think there is a fair chance of him getting sacked. Hopefully we will have a strong end to the season. Play some really nice football and bag 3 or 4 more wins. If we
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    Dean Smith

    Without Jack I would be amazed if we win more than 2. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if we didn’t win any. With him we could get 3 or 4 more wins. I just want to see some consistency of performance to be honest. Some nice patterns to our play. A clear plan. Anything that shows we are on the right path.
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    Dean Smith

    I don’t think we have met the targets though. In year 1 he exceeded target. Purslow said that we got promoted a year ahead of schedule. Tick for Smith. Year 2 Purslow said that we expected to finish higher than 17th. Target not delivered. Year 3 is in the balance. I suspect that we were hopeful of a top 10 finish. That looks highly unlikely on current form. If we slide as far as 12th or 13th then based upon what Purslow said about Year 2, I suspect that Dean will have failed to meet expectations again. It’s also not just about league finish though. You can be falsely placed. Per
  21. This is still our biggest problem. None of our midfield have the confidence/ability to carry the ball forward. They give the ball away too easily, particularly SJM. The are awful at pressing, intercepting, tackling. They do not seem to anticipate the play very well, particularly when it comes to picking up second balls! They also love to give away needless free kicks in dangerous areas. All very frustrating!! I am happy to have SJM and Marvelous in the squad but neither can be regular starters next season. I think Luiz is good enough to start but as an 8 not 6. We need to sign a quality D
  22. POTS for me. He is class. Brilliant attitude too. He must have been worth at least 10 points so far this season. He deserves better protection from the midfield to be honest.
  23. It’s absolutely bizarre what’s happened to him this season. Up until his injury he was class. Since he has looked like a different person! Twin brother?
  24. It is frustrating how profligate he is when in possession! Dean absolutely loves him though and he will continue to be in the first 11 come what may. It could end up being his Achilles heel!
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    Dean Smith

    I think the story leaking about Gerrard in the week is interesting. It is probably bs but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Dean did come under pressure from the board. Purslow stated at the end of last season that the expectation had been higher than a seventeenth place finish. They invested again and would have been happy with the first half of the season. They then invested again in January and we have plummeted! They will not be at all happy with our post Christmas form. They will also not be happy with the fact that no matter how much they give the manager to buy new players we are s
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