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  1. In order to stop it you need to put in preventative measures or do something that fundamentally changes how those platforms are used. Which would be a huge, difficult, expensive step and would need to be actioned / agreed worldwide, as in this example footballers are known internationally. How is anyone going to make that happen? It's all well and good saying that hate needs to stop online but it's not generated by the internet. It's the people behind the keyboard and always will be. Social media is the latest scapegoat. If I was a player I would be posting the message I'd been sent
  2. It's FOMO that makes me still interested in the idea of signing him. I can just see enough in his game to feel like it could all slot in to place some time soon and he finds some consistency in his game. If that does end up happening for him after he signs for a different club around our level I'll be gutted
  3. Although in your defense it was a bad joke
  4. Guilbert returning also means we can keep him around whilst Kesler continues his development, instead of buying competition for Cash that could block Kesler's route to the squad (if management deem him good enough)
  5. What I want to know is if Barkley carries on in this vein of form in our last 5 games, would people be upset at us signing him for £20mil? Why is noone asking this question
  6. I'd still like to see Sarr here but not sure that's possible now. I think if we're looking for good quality at a good price we need to look to the French league again, teams like Lille with Bamba and Ikone would be great options but whether they'd trade the chance of Prem football and £££ instead of Champions League football I'm not sure. Guedes has got to leave Valencia at some point too surely?
  7. I thought he had a chance of making the euro squad in October and by February I was furious if I saw his name in the starting XI ahead of academy players. That's quite a dramatic drop off in performance which I would attribute to off-field issues only. Seems like his game is a bit clouded, the best things he does are instinctive muscle-memory reactions. If he has any time to think at all, even time he's created for himself by finding space, he mostly plays a bad ball or has a wild shot. His set pieces are mainly poor too. If we could get him for a lower price than the one thats been band
  8. I don't want him to go but his way with substitutions (or more accurately the timing of them) bother me weekly. Especially when clearly the 11 on the pitch aren't going to turn a game around or hold onto it
  9. My Dad, a PNE fan, mentioned the other day that he could see Smith as England manager one day and that day could be soon depending on our performance at the Euros. He's not the first person in the last few months to mention that possibility either. What Smith has done so far has been remarkable and it is often forgotten that he's got us into the top half of the Prem both defending well and playing attractive football. I actually genuinely enjoy watching Villa again which is such a great thing after the last decade of absolute dross. Having watched other teams in the past and wishing we co
  10. I really think we just need someone with real quality in the LW position to come in and allow Grealish to move back central. I like the back 4 and keeper and our more defensive central midfield options. I think it's more about depth this window, getting players who can compete with who we already have for a starting berth. Anyone that becomes available on a good deal financially for the club we should look to move on. For me, It's now about getting players like Ramsey and Davis out on loan for a season whilst we bring in some genuine quality to rotate the squad and have viable bench
  11. Only 6 points between us and West Ham "dreaming" and we have games in hand on them. The only games I've been disappointed with are games like Burnley where we capitulated and games like Southampton where we were 2nd best. We've also lost games when playing well so I think it all averages out in the end. Losing to Sheffield United stings but we're still well on course for a great season. Go beat Wolves and Newcastle and we're 9 points better off than the previous season with 10 left to play
  12. Thinking there are some great players being badly used at Newcastle - Saint-Maximin looks a fantastic player despite some recent injuries and maybe his recent injury record would mean we could get him in a cut-price deal? Having a quality winger with genuine pace would add an extra dimension
  13. He wouldn't frustrate me so much if he didn't show glimpses of just how good he can be. The thing is though, when you're playing alongside Watkins and Grealish who consistently show how good they can be and also work tirelessly, seeing him never busting a gut to reach either end of the pitch is infuriating. There was more than one occasion yesterday when a teammate ran past Barkley to try and win the ball back as he made his way. The guy has talent in spades and all the physical attributes he needs too, so whether it's attitude or confidence, something needs to change mentally in his game for
  14. I don't have the time, patience or resources to go back through games and find all the times he's gone down without contact. Diving is subjective anyway and my opinion is he does, clearly your opinion is that he doesn't.
  15. Grealish does dive, almost every game. I get embarrassed now when fellow villa fans claim he doesn't cos he doesn't half throw himself at the turf during matches, but he does also get legitimately fouled and kicked around. I think the problem is that getting an advantage for something typically/subconsciously seen as a masculine thing to do (nasty tackle, wrestling, shoulder barging etc.) is seen as okay by the British audience but that can give just as much of an advantage as diving. Swings and roundabouts really, just one looks aggressive and one makes you look weak. I also disagr
  16. We looked absolutely shot, I'd go back to what we were doing before Barkley came back and put Sanson and Nakamba behind Grealish with Trez and Traore on wings. We need to set up in a way our next opposition won't expect because currently we may as well send them a document with our formation and tactics before the game, it's too easy to predict what we're going to do and therefore nullify Jack and Watkins
  17. The improvement in his finishing since October is astonishing. During his 9 game run where he kept scoring offside goals or hitting the woodwork I did think it was a worrying pattern that he didn't seem to be able to shrug off. Whenever me and my housemates are watching him we all discussed and agreed how he could end up being an Henry type player and be in the top tier of strikers of his generation if he could improve his finishing. Against West Ham and Arsenal it was starting to really show that he might be. I'm excited to watch him play every game now, just willing him to perform and s
  18. 1- Grealish 2- Martinez 3- Targett 4- Watkins 5- Konsa Cash unlucky to miss out and if he hadn't been left so exposed in a few of our games I think he'd be into that top 5, These 6 have been our best consistent performers who are on the starting XI whiteboard in permanent marker. We've got some great players who I haven't listed but I don't think they're playing at their best, the likes of McGinn, Dougie and Mings have had dips in form that would have been catastrophic if the rest of the side hadn't been playing so brilliantly. Barkley hasn't played and lo
  19. Sheffield United are just a bunch of terrible players in a good, well coached system. I don't dispute that you were the only person on VillaTalk who actively posted that they would do badly this season @useless but I don't personally know anyone into premier league football who thought they'd stay up this season. There squad is full of players who'd struggle to get into a lot of championship teams.
  20. We have to submit our 25 man squad at the end of the window I believe but you don't have to name a full 25 players. Anyone who signs after you've submitted your list can be added if there are spaces I believe. The only people who can't be added are players who were already registered when the forms were submitted as I understand it? EG if Arsenal signed somebody in November they could have added them to their squad as it was less than 25, but they couldn't have added Ozil
  21. Not till next season. Sanson already announced as the new #25 when he signed
  22. He said he started watching our games from early December once he knew of our interest so I think despite a few people claiming this, we didn't hold a firm enough interest in him for him and/or his representatives to know till last month.
  23. Well you buried your cryptic "joke" in a bizarre list of people you hate for leaving Villa so you'll have to excuse me for not picking up on the niche humour
  24. He was refused a move to another champions League club and China were offering him potential citizenship and more money then you could ever spend. He's been the captain of a successful side out there and a great goal scoring record in the Champions League before. He was on £185k a week but his contract was reduced. He's an exciting player to watch and if he would come in and buy into the project he'd be a fantastic signing I believe. agent fees, sign on fees, wages obviously would make this a non-starter if they're astronomical but if he'd fit into our wage system he'd be ideal.
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