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  1. I'm not sure we did. Yes, a few of the players he has signed have gone on to be very decent players but that isn't what it is about. There are so many factors that you need to think of when signing player, not least, is he the right player, right now, for this club. Signing players that might be good in 2-3 years is absolutely fine if you have a solid squad to start with and these players can come in here and there and improve alongside the recognised players. Signing lots of players with potential all at one go when you already know you're likely to be in a relegation scrap is just stupid. So whilst Paddy Reilly may have had an eye for talent and potential, signing them when he did was suicide for Aston Villa. As others have alluded to, you have to strike the right balance. We seem to go from these crazy extremes and there is no balance to what we're doing. This time around, we've gone out and signed lots of youngish players from abroad who have done well in their respective leagues in the hope we'd improve them and they'd hit the ground running. That just hasn't happened and it was never going to happen and now we're left with players that may even struggle at championship level. We certainly havent added any value to their transfer fees so we'll lose out in that respect too. Let's take Douglas Luiz as an example. In my opinion, it's a terrible signing. Not because he's a bad player, he has shown what he was capable of over the last 3/4 matches, but because its taken him 30 games to finally show this and he's still too young and inexperienced to be dominating matches. You sign players like Douglas Luiz for 15m when you have an established defensive/deep lying playmaker for him to learn from. You don't sign him expecting him to start every match and magically become a PL player overnight. Look at players like Jonny Evans and Gary Cahill. I guarantee there were people on here, me included, that turned their nose up to Gary Cahill signing claiming he's past it and he is only after one last pay checque. Look at how that's turned out? He may never have wanted to come, fine, I'm just using him as an example as to how we need to look at recruitment moving forward. If we need to sign a few experienced old heads for low fees/high wages, it shouldnt be seen as a failure of our scouting system. We were far too arrogant in our approach, especially dismissing the loan market like we did. Like I say, balance.
  2. He's another I don't really rate tbh. He might do it in the championship but he doesn't look any better than Davis. And he is one of our better signings! Well done Villa.
  3. No it isn't and no he isn't. It's down to the fact our players are crap.
  4. I genuinely dont think the aim was ever 'just survival'. I think, with the money spent, the owners were targeting a 10th-15th place finish. Obviously, that target has now changed and staying in the league is all that matters but I can't see the owners being happy with how things have panned out at all. There seems to be a lot more noise being made now about our recruitment and how utterly disastrous it was so I expect Pitarch will leave under a cloud and we'll bring the next person in to pick up the pieces. Our recruitment as a whole over the past 10 years has been woeful. We just can't seem to get it right.
  5. If they're anywhere like his footballing ability, he won't be able to do either.
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    Purslow has to go too, IMO. The buck stops with him.
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    Can’t imagine the review will last too long. Trezeguet. You’re fired.
  8. It's a bit of both and If I wanted to give you a percentage, I'd say it's 80% the squad and 20% the manager. The 20% is a combination of him not being proactive, not working on a system that suits the personnel and his failure to make changes at key moments in the game. The 80% is, and I don't sit on the fence with this, because of our summer transfer business which was nothing short of disgraceful. We went into the season with the following as our frontline... El Ghazi Trezeguet Jota Davis (Injured) Kodjia Wesley That's a midtable championship standard front line. It's appalling. It's embarrassing. We're crap. We may be in a slightly better position with a better manager but it would only be papering over the cracks/chasms of our recruitment policy. I've said it in several other threads but heads should be rolling over the signings of Trezeguet, Nakamba, Engels, Wesley etc.
  9. Totally agreed. We could and should have looked at the loan system more closely when we got promoted. We definitely need to be looking at it when we're relegated as the money we get for the likes of Grealish and McGinn will need to go straight back into the club to cover our losses. I don't see us having a great deal of money to spend in the summer. Also, look at Ben White (Leeds) and Pereira (Albion). Two of the best players in the championship this season. Both are loans. To write off the loan market because you think it doesnt help a squad is nonsensical and arrogant.
  10. Championship level defender. Certainly at the moment anyway. Our centre backs are all so meh (Mings aside). Konsa, Hause, Engels. They all have their positives but none are cut out for the premier league. I'd put a centre back or two high on the priority list regardless of what division we were in next season. For the record, I think we'd be safe now (just) if we'd had Tuanzebe back this season.
  11. He's a championship level full back. We're probably kidding ourselves if we think he isn't. He's one of our more likeable players as he gives 100% and loves a tackle but to kick on and survive in the premier league, you need better than him and Targett. He'll be fine next year, as will Targett. Our aim needs to be to bring in a centre half to partner Konsa or bring in two depending on how much you rate Konsa/Hause/Engels etc.
  12. I don’t buy into the tactics argument and him not trying to win games. It really grinds my gears when people on Twitter, on here and in the media claim teams set up defensively and to not try and win games. You have to remember when the likes of Villa and Newcastle play Man City and Chelsea, they have 11 players that are better than our 11 players. Teams aren't sitting back and defending on the edge of their 6 yard box because they want to. They are doing it because the other team is so vastly superior that they HAVE to. How do you expect a team like Villa to attack for 90 mins against a team like Chelsea when they can’t even get the ball off them? So no, I don’t think Dean Smith is a negative manager and I do think he wants to win every game. He just has shit players at his disposal so it becomes very hard to do that. Where I think you can criticise Smith is his in game management of substitutions. He’s far too reactive in this aspect and I’d argue he’s cost us 10-15 points this season through either not making changes or making them too late. The real problems at Villa aren’t with Smith, it’s with the recruitment. If Smith was a part of that then he needs to go but I have it on fairly good authority he wasn’t overly involved with a lot of the signings in the summer. He’s been dealt a shit hand and he’ll do extremely well to keep us up.
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    Louie Barry

    I think we’re all expecting a lot from this lad when it really could go either way. He isn’t going to save us.
  14. No. We’ll be gone after 36 games IMO.
  15. Gayle and Adams would be an excellent strike force. Personally, I think Wesley is shite and couldn’t care less if he went. I’d keep Davis, wouldn’t be too bothered if Samatta left either.
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    Keinan Davis

    Definitely worth keeping for the championship. He’s been one of our better players since being back and I’ve been more impressed with him than Samatta.
  17. We will need to use the loan system very well again next year. Another Abraham and Tuanzebe would do nicely. We then need to sign 3/4 players that can compliment what we have, which isn’t a lot without Grealish. Keeping McGinn and Luiz would be a good start but doubtful.
  18. That’s not as bad as starting with El Ghazi, Trezeguet and Jota as wingers. Christ, we got this wrong.
  19. Purslow has overseen the club spend an absolute fortune on rubbish. He should be held accountable and if I were the owners I’d be asking him what the hell he was thinking.
  20. He just looks average to poor like the rest of them tbh.
  21. He makes a decent point. Not sure who Will Sawiris is though.
  22. Hmm. We finished 5th and we’ll lose Grealish, Mings, McGinn and won’t have Abraham next season. That leaves some very, very poor players. I don’t share your optimism. Especially when whoever signed all the shit in the summer is probably still at the club.
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