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  1. It's my birthday today - Could be the best one ever or the worst I know we keep saying this every season, but it feels like it's one year too soon ... One more season Jack *we will reassess next summer
  2. The only positive from this is it may speed our transfer business up. Stupid from Wes. Deserved red. Probably frustration that he's not where he needs to be fitness wise. We're behind these fitness wise, so no need to panic, but it aint been good. At all. I hate Stoke.
  3. There will always be a small part of me that will like our new kits regardless, cos it's in our blood, right?! But I must say I'm totally underwhelmed with this one and struggling to find a positive other than it looks better on the players than the leak pic (obviously). Compared to some of the guys on here that did their kit mock ups this is nowhere near as good Hopefully the away and third kits are better but more importantly Jack is performing in it and we have a memorable season! UTV
  4. Yes I heard that. The same Mourinho that often is criticised for being too defensive but said we were in control of the game and Jack staying on would more than likely have made it a more comfortable scoreline. I think 99% of our supporters (Villa that is, not England) just feel that although we have done really well to reach our first final since 66, we would be more aesthetically pleasing to watch if JG was starting. It's pretty simple really.
  5. Round and round and round we go... Yet this post sums it all up perfectly Roll on Monday morning and hopefully a new contract signed soon Up the Jack !
  6. Was pretty p1ssed off that Jack was subbed last night and having slept on it, I still think it was the wrong call to make (regardless of us going on to win the game) - I personally think we may have won by more the way the Danes tired, a man down ETC but we will never know. But, I can see the thought process behind Southgate's decision and ultimately he has got England into our first major final since 1966 so I am delighted with that, regardless of whether or not he plays "our Jack". I always put club before country (Give me seeing Villa win a league before England a WC any day) but there is no way in the world that I would be cheering on the Italians on Sunday evening and I would be surprised if any "English" people would truth be told (despite a fair bit of anger/frustration last night). I don't believe Southgate "has it in" for Jack, the fact that he's been the first sub last night and against Germany pretty much proves that so I do think that's nonsense, but it's clear he doesn't either trust him defensively or is pragmatic approach to games just doesn't suit Jack's playing style, perhaps a bit of both. It's frustrating as Villa fans seeing us play with two holding midfielders, then Mount, because with Sterling providing England pretty capably down the left and a few goals to boot (I'm still not blown away by Raheem but that's another matter) then it's difficult to see Jack fit into the system. But as England fans - we are winning games with this personnel so the manager isn't (can't?) really been questioned. (Apart from on VT obviously). I'm 99.9% sure JG won't start on Sunday but we will probably see him from 60 mins onwards - and hopefully he comes on and sets up or scores the winner.. Can you just imaaaagine? Let's face it ALL of VT would be absolutely buzzing for that for the rest of their lives. As for the final I think it will be the same team as Denmark - but I would mix it up. I think Henderson for Phillips or Mount might be a good option, a bit of a calming influence in the middle of the park. I think Phillips was poor last night particularly in the first half and Rice wasn't much better though his game did improve after the interval. I feel the emotion of the game could get to Rice, hence the need for a bit of calmness. I'd personally play Jack over Saka or Mount too but that's wishful thinking. We can definitely do this though but first goal could be so crucial. Prediction 2-1 us. UTE.
  7. Whilst embarrassing our star man in front of the entire nation. Not for me that.
  8. I must admit when I saw Trippier coming on I thought surely not for Jack but it did worry me. Proper insult that. Looks embarrassed. Poor management by Southgate.
  9. Very poor half, got out of jail with that bit of quality by Kane, and Saka did well with the cross. Phillips has been absolutely dreadful. Rice also poor. Pickford looks a bag of nerves. Should have saved the goal. Mount also rubbish. Still think we will win cos we have players that can produce magic but its a travesty Jack isn't starting in these games. Yes. Bat and ball out.
  10. Numerous posts you've done over a period of time
  11. Not quite. Off topic but so obvious you're not a Villa fan
  12. As a younger lad that took defeats harder: Inter Milan 3 v 0 Villa (1990) after winning the first leg 2-0 - that got me. Villa 1 v 4 Leeds (1991) - Live on TV. Their title winning side (which to be fair was pretty decent). Then a few others, previously mentioned: The two 3-2 United defeats when winning (home and away). Enkleman night was horrific and the 2-1 home defeat to blues (Horsfield was it intercepting a short back pass in front of the Holte) horrible. 2-2 wasn't great nor was the cup defeat at the sty under Houllier. Was on a plane going away for the Arsenal Cup final so missed the game - which proved to be a blessing. Bradford debacle. Stoke 2-2. Chelsea 8-0. Liverpool 0-6. Luton & Doncaster (away) league Cup exits and terrible performances! The Man City away game and Man Utd games this season were tough to take (from a referee / var perspective).
  13. I must admit I've found it difficult to get behind England whilst Jack's been sat on the bench. I'm not ashamed to say I found myself cheering SJM's tartan army against us until Grealish entered the pitch such is the disappointment of seeing Englands best player not being involved. That said, and given recent snippets of his injury concerns I think that it's probably been wise that he's come on as an impact player and it's worked absolutely perfect for Jack, England and AVFC as pretty much the whole nation (excluding the bluenoses) are singing his name and his status is off the scale. Watching a recent video of him on here and you just can't help but smile, the ability he has is just a pleasure to watch, but it has reiterated to me that he is nowhere near at the (Villa) levels as he is for England - now that could be fitness, better class of opponent, players not giving him the ball enough, not starting etc - I think he's only really at a 6 or 7 currently, but even then he has two assists, MOTM performances in practically every England game he's played in.. that in itself just shows the quality that he's got.
  14. Can see both sides to this Tammy debate, but I'm edging towards wanting him here than not. Why? Because I want Aston Villa to have the most competitive squad they can have to try secure European football next season (keep Jack) and to push on year after year till we're competing at the very highest level regularly. Now I'm not saying signing Tammy brings that but in order to progress we need "real" competition in every position and Tammy would bring that in the CF position. I don't mind Davis or Wesley but there are big doubts over both players (goals wise, fitness wise) and heaven forbid Ollie has a long term injury then we can kiss goodbye chances of a top 6 finish. I know you could say well any club could lose their best player for a period of time and it will affect them (see Van Dijk Liverpool) but this signing covers us when Watkins is off form, not scoring, tired, gives us another (very good) option. It also raises the performance of the other player to peak levels which is what we want in every position. I'd like to hope that if there is a deal to be done it could be less than 40 million and I understand that's the major concern with the ones opposing this move (I do get that). It is a lot of money for potentially someone who may not improve our first eleven dramatically (if at all) but would improve our squad and options of the bench incredibly.
  15. I would love us to pull this one off (awaits KW gif) but think eventually he will sign an improved contract at Arsenal, who'd be crazy to let him go (to us) IMO. Not seen massive amounts of him but what I have seen I have been very impressed, reminds me of a poor man's Jack (no shame in that) with his style of play, natural ability, the way he glides past players, comfortable on the ball, socks down etc.. Lots of potential and would be a massive coup to take him from the gunners. I think him or David Brooks (possibly a cheaper option) would fit in really well amongst this group of players!
  16. Had my first jab (AZ) in May, felt fine other than a mild headache for a few hours. Was on my stag do Saturday, felt crap since (presumed hungover) flu like symptoms initially, headache, fatigue etc.. got a text yesterday saying I'd come into contact with someone that had tested positive and to isolate for 7 days. Went for a test. Result came this morning I was positive! Worst I've felt today, not moved out of bed, tight chest and cough being the worst. 3 of the 14 friends I was with also tested positive, plus their friends - seems really rife where we are at the moment. Not posted on here till now but continually read to see what peoples thoughts are on the whole virus / vaccines ETC, the general consensus I've found is that the majority of people are pro vaccines, but in my circle of friends (30's / 40's) majority do not want the vaccine, some are refusing it and some have had one jab but regretting it (cos of the constant moving of the goal posts by the government etc) so debating the second jab! I'm totally perplexed by it all to be honest. Just want a return to 'normality'!
  17. More than happy with this one, is he Ashley Young of 10 years ago flying down the wing, whipping in dangerous crosses time and time again, well of course not. Will he provide us with a bit of experience to a young squad - yes, a winning mentality - yes, cover for full back/wing positions - yes, is he better than Elmo and Taylor (who he's effectively replacing) - yes. Like others have alluded, if this was one of our main signings then I'd be worried but when we have just broke our transfer record on Buendia and putting bids in for Smith-Rowe I trust our club/NSWE/Deano with this one. I think it could be a shrewd one.
  18. Pretty happy with that overall tbh - no real run of "difficult" matches and first three games could really set the tone for the season - I think we might be top by the International break in September (3 x 2-1 victories! Easy!)
  19. It does when he plays Maguire left of the back three and/or with two holding midfielders and any involvement of Eric Dier! Thankfully the last part wont become a reality. I think it can work but it needs to have the right personnel in and if we're dominating it would turn into a 3-4-3 anyway - Also I think, even though he doesn't play this system with us, it is Tyrone's best chance of starting. Something along the lines of: Pickford Stones Maguire Mings TAA Chilwell
  20. Pretty much what I would go for (against stronger opposition) - 4-2-3-1 - Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Henderson (if fit), Rice; Mount, Foden, Grealish; Kane. Or as above but with Mount in for Henderson and Sterling (if he finds some form!) in the three behind Kane. I could certainly see us playing 3-4-3 though as we have great options within the squad, player wise and formation wise. It's pretty difficult choosing the best XI because many of the players competing are at a similar level ability-wise. Ultimately we have a good chance of going all the way but I think we will fall short (again) - Probably due to either defensive frailties, Southgate cautiously holding us back or the inevitable missed pen!
  21. I think he would be a very astute signing to be honest. Seems to have been around for ages yet only 21. Would look much better in a claret and blue side that tries to play football rather than the "direct" style he's currently involved in. 2 years younger than David Brooks which surprised me, he's the one I'd really like us to sign (I think he has a bit more to his game than McNeil) but I wouldn't turn my nose up at him or Pereira or Rashica though.
  22. It was fairly bright but from the limited time we have watched it, it wasn't a problem and didn't spoil our viewing - and it is positioned in quite a light room with sun coming in thru bi-fold doors with no blinds/curtains - so I wouldn't be put off by that. I can imagine it would go to another level though in darker conditions.
  23. We got a "LG - OLED55CX6LA 55" when we moved house about a month ago now and the picture quality was second to none - was delighted with it... buuuuuut... A couple of days after putting it on our kitchen wall (2 weeks after buying) a black line appeared down the middle of the screen - I think it is to do with the pixels but other than that I haven't got a clue. Anyway last night it just switched off completely (whilst watching the Villa yoof!) It is under warranty and we are waiting for an exchange but not in stock for 10-21 days - Probably going to get a refund then purchase the one you are/were looking at - think it's the same model other than ones light silver ones dark - which isn't an issue. Hoping for better luck next time, because loved the picture quality and will definitely get a bigger OLED for our living room in time.
  24. I rate Buendia and think he would be a very decent acquisition for us however I do think the £40M that's been touted is a little on the high side - But I suppose that's the market these days so it is what it is (£40M is the new £4M and all that). Should he come to us, where do people see him start? Attacking midfielder or from the right? I suppose he gives us a great option in both positions. I think I would prefer him centrally but feel our weaknesses (or inconsistent performers) are on the flanks - so I hope we are still looking at improvements in those areas.
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