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  1. I think the owners will be keen to test the post C-19 landscape before committing to any development. The impact on employment and the wider economy is totally unknown. Add in the uncertainty created by Brexit and now is a risky time to re-develop the ground. I think it will happen under these guys at some stage but not just now. It’s a shame because in many ways the past 12 months would have been the perfect time to do it!
  2. I have just been watching Leeds and if we play the same three in midfield against them, we will be torn to pieces. Not because they are amazing players but because they are so energetic and physical. They are the polar opposite to our recent midfield performances. We must get energy and physicality in there. I would sacrifice Ross for a more traditional centre mid, probably Sanson. I would also consider including Marvelous for SJM. Let us make it incredibly hard for them for an hour, frustrate them and then possibly look to introduce Ross and SJM later in the game when Leeds have worn
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    Dean Smith

    The key word was next, not last! We were also very lucky to get a win it that game. Arsenal bossed it from minute three until the end.
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    Dean Smith

    The way we are playing at the moment makes me worry where the next win is coming from. We have had long spells like this in each of his first two seasons. We overcame the first one when Jack came back from injury. The second one needed a global pandemic to break the form! What will it take this season? Maybe Sanson can spark a catalyst!
  5. He’s been great for us, deserves his place in the squad and deserves our respect. He does need to be dropped though. Let him fight his way back in from the bench.
  6. Bert is a top player. If you want to play him, Jack and Ollie you just need to ensure you have a three in the middle to protect the back 4. Ross should never be part of that 3
  7. Marvelous, Luiz and Sanson to start next match please. Save Ross and McGinn for later in the match if we need them. Ross is a useful sub option to have but he clearly should not be starting matches,
  8. That’s a good point. You have to battle and sit deep against Leeds and hit them hard on the break. If they start well they are very hard to stop. You need to stay in the match and frustrate them. I don’t think we have this in our locker but I would love Dean and the boys to prove me wrong!
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    Dean Smith

    But we had lost the game already by the end of that woeful 30 minutes! Do we ignore that?
  10. Not having a go at all but I just don’t buy this. How often do we have to be crap to get a reaction. We have had plenty of wake up points recently but the rubbish keeps coming. If we start the same team against Leeds, it will happen again. The manager, who of course has been brilliant for us, still needs to start earning his corn. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is not what we need right now!
  11. Play three in midfield. We have been just as bad for weeks with Jack in the team. We have just been lucky. I would have started Trez, Marvelous and Sanson today. It is all so utterly predictable.
  12. This will just enforce the view that we are a one man team. It does not have to be that way. We are very capable of competing without Jack but we have to be prepared to play in a different way. It’s all so utterly predictable!
  13. I heard they have done that because they knew AEG was starting!
  14. He could have played Trez and played a 3 man centre mid without changing it too much. Leicester are lethal when they turn over possession. With no tracking back from AEG, Ross and Bert it will be a disaster. I predict we will be at least 2 down by half time the way we are set up. Easy three points for Leicester.
  15. I don’t get that. Losing Jack and replacing him with AEG makes it even easier to get at our defence. We will be even more open than usual! Leicester could get 4 or 5 here. Absolute suicide.
  16. There’s a stat doing the rounds on Twitter that Villa have conceded the most shots in the penalty area, within the last 6 weeks. That is unsustainable. I know we have managed some clean sheets in that time but we have been utterly reliant on brilliant defending and goal keeping. This is further evidence that the midfield is being out performed. It is far too easy to get into dangerous positions. We will take a real walloping at some stage if the trend continues. I would play Luis, McGinn and Sanson today. Save Ross for later in the game, if required. Leicester will score at will if we don’t
  17. Leicester played away in Europe on Thursday night. We have enjoyed another week off. There are no excuses. We should be ready for this and at them from the off. I expect us to win.
  18. The bigger problem is how often he gives the ball away. He is so wasteful in possession. The ball just doesn’t stick. In that first half against West Ham he looked like a competition winner. He just isn’t good enough to start games in the PL. He is ok as a bench option but even that needs to be improved upon over time. I like him. He is a really good guy and he’s played an important role in our recovery but we need better to sustain and improve upon where we are now.
  19. He was really good before his injury. He played a key role in us having our best start to a season in years which included us smashing the champions 7-2!
  20. I can’t believe the negativity towards Trez on here. He has been really good this season. He is an absolute pest and has scored/assisted some key goals since he joined. I would bring him back to right wing and push Bert into the 10 slot.
  21. His form has dipped so much since Christmas. I have almost forgotten how good he can be. It happens with all players of course, particularly young ones. Hope he sorts it out soon though
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    Dean Smith

    I agree with this. If we are going to play a 10 then we need 2 defensive midfielder players one of which must never be McGinn. Therefore it has to be 2 of Marvelous, Luiz and Sanson. Barkley is better used as an impact sub and therefore Bert, Jack, Sanson or McGinn must play 10. Finally I think Trez has to play. He is the most physical of our midfield players and he is a real nuisance. We need to be much better without the ball.
  23. He is something else. Exactly the player we are crying out for. He wouldn’t be cheap but if we are going to get to the next level, these are the sorts of players we need to be investing in.
  24. I am starting to think that his best position is impact sub. He always looks lively when he comes off the bench for Chelsea. I really hope we have canned any thoughts of buying him. Too expensive in every way.
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