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    Transfer Speculation Summer 2016

    Villa have had a fair few Mc's in their days. McParland and McGrath being legends but the likes of McEwan, McLeod, McMahon, McNaught & McCann weren't bad...it's time for another Big Mac!
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    Idrissa Gana Gueye

    I would have thought that the old slow boat to China would be the best exit route for Lescott & Gabby
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    Jack Grealish

    Agreed . Defending against AVFC is very easy. Double team or Triple team their threats and Benteke and grealish were both eliminated as a factor that way. Nobody else raised their game enough to pick up the slack. Delphie and Cleverly tried but couldnt match the Arse defence & N'Zogbia had nothing to offer today. Grealish actually didn't play badly he just didn't get the same support from the other role players that he had versus Liverpool . Of course it didnt help that we played pool at their worst and Arsenal at their best. Yes , Arsenal are superior and I can't see that chaging in a long time can you ?
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    2015 Takeover Thread

    I would compare Lerner's promises to sell to Chamberlain's Pre WW2 "Peace in our time" statements - Optimistic to say the least. Todays lesson to be taken from Arsenal is relatively straight forward. If you have a club that continues to invest in quality players and has a solid business plan and management to accomplish that you will succeed. If you don't have a club that embraces those ideals you will look a lot like we do . One would hope that there may be some very real prospective purchasers about to step up and make a good offer to Randy Lerner for our beloved Aston Villa but until I see the headlines blazing across the media that Aston Villa has been sold I feel it will be business as usual at B6 and since I carried the delusion at this time last year I have no reason to believe that anything is going to change in a hurry. I will be pleasantly delighted if I am proven wrong :-)
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    Carles Gil

    With more injuries and Sanchez getting a red card at Spuds, it will be interesting to see if Sherwood finds a spot for Gil next Sunday.
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    Tom Cleverley

    From Ciggies & AVFC website : " The manager told me the way that he'd like me to play and it all sat perfectly for me. I'm very happy to be coming down to play for Villa." The awkward way that Cleverly describes the loan hints that he thinks it is a "come down" to be at B6 . Truth is that it is when you look at the way things have been for us over the last 4 years compared with Old Trafford. That said, we do present a golden opportunity for him to get his career back where he wants it to be and at the same time it may well be that our tide of mediocrity has turned. Overall I think Cleverly is a tidy piece of the puzzle that will more than likely fit. Lambert and Keane have done a good job so far bearing in mind the limited funds and what they had to work with before the window started. Welcome to Aston Villa Tom Cleverly . I look forward to see you help us win games in the famous claret & blue .
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    Tom Cleverley

    If Joe does get a kick you can bet that he'll be back on the injury bench for treatment!
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    Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv)

    Yes from Blanco to Brown and several shades in between.
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    Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv)

    Neither Oscar Arce or his brother actually played for Aston Villa when it was discovered that Oscar was possibly no better than a circus performer capable of dribbling and prodigiously controlling the ball like a hacky sack but in fact was an awful footballer . Over the years there has been an urban myth about Oscar Arce because at the time Aston Villa also had a good Welsh International player, Barry Hole on the team and the pub rumours always questioned what it would look like if Aston Villa signed Tony Brown from the Baggies and played them all in the Midfield. It would have read Brown Arce Hole . Gustavo Bartelt was a loanee from Roma who lasted a whole 3 months and was named for the bench once and never played. So if Sebastian Blanco were to sign for us and actually was ITSOTP he would be our first Argentinian to wear a first team shirt. Well that's a piece of Villa's history rewritten. We did have a midfielder named Brown, Jimmy Brown, although Barrie Hole and Oscar Arce never played with him. The Jimmy Brown you are referring to was a Scottish Schoolboy and IIRC he joined Villa in May 1969 whereas Oscar Arce left Aston Villa in January 1969 and thus there was no overlap or possibiltiy that they would play with each other which is why the Pub Rumour went around suggesting that we get the Baggies player in to complete the Brown Arce Hole team sheet listing. Its all a moot point anyway since Arce was not at a standard that would have him playing in the Villa First Team .
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    Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv)

    Neither Oscar Arce or his brother actually played for Aston Villa when it was discovered that Oscar was possibly no better than a circus performer capable of dribbling and prodigiously controlling the ball like a hacky sack but in fact was an awful footballer . Over the years there has been an urban myth about Oscar Arce because at the time Aston Villa also had a good Welsh International player, Barry Hole on the team and the pub rumours always questioned what it would look like if Aston Villa signed Tony Brown from the Baggies and played them all in the Midfield. It would have read Brown Arce Hole . Gustavo Bartelt was a loanee from Roma who lasted a whole 3 months and was named for the bench once and never played. So if Sebastian Blanco were to sign for us and actually was ITSOTP he would be our first Argentinian to wear a first team shirt.
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    Antonio Luna

    I suspect he meant to say there's another game before his extension. Meaning he's one game shy of some clause in his contact and he's suddenly out of the team. I am just guessing of course but it sounds more logical that way. While the economics of running a club are important, if this is were the prime reason for not playing him it is a sad but necessary part of the business of football as it exists in the Premiership today. As long as money and economics is the primary focus at Aston Villa and the current regime I fear that we will need to lower our expectations as supporters and players like Tony Moon may have to either adjust to the realities at B6 or be prepared to move to clubs that put football first and economics second. Having witnessed AVFC relinquish an all out effort to gain Silverware from the FA Cup and League Cup this season in order to concentrate on Premier League survival, if I were Tony Moon I know what I would be telling my agent. A word to the wise though Tony, don't hang your washing and feelings out in the public eye, do what you have to do to keep your football career alive, even if sadly it would mean you leaving our beloved Aston Villa. Personally I like "The Barber of Seville" and I hope he recovers from his injury and comes back so strong that he gets back into the team once again. Watch this space! UTV
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    Wes Hoolahan

    I have for many years said that Villa Park must be cursed because someone in the distant past refused to buy the lucky heather or wooden clothes pegs to hang out the players gear on a Monday washing day to dry. Whatever the reason there is no doubt in my mind that what you say TRO is almost true. This club of ours hasn't had "some" funny periods, Truth is that we are always having a funny period. Once we get used to this foible of AVFC, it makes everything else so much easier to understand. We support an extremely eccentric club. A club that in one half of a game makes you think they are beyond brilliant and then in the next half makes you think that they are a club of toddlers that can't kick a ball or make a tackle even if their life depended on it. I for one don't think that Hoolahan was the answer for our #10 needs and I am just as happy that Lambert and Faulkner didn't pay over the odds for a player that more than likely would have been massacred by the fickle ones at B6. Perhaps we all dodged a bullet in that respect. This "funny period" you refer to that we are in now reminds me a lot of the time when after losing to Donny Rovers in the League Cup, DOL was unable to bring in the oft injured Erik Bakke. Funny how often history gets repeated at B6. All we need now is for a sighting of Groundhogs at Villa Park and the circle of exasperation will continue. You don't have to have a sense of humour to support Aston Villa, but it helps if you do. Otherwise you'd be a victim of forlorn hopes and expectations. I feel sorry for Hoolahan though. He missed an opportunity to join a great club and one has to question the ethics of those that prevented such a player from practicing his craft at a club that wanted to play him as opposed to a club that would just keep him warming a bench.
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    Transfer Speculation (Winter 2014)

    Ahaaaa!! Your fiance is an ITK ToffeeKnows?
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    Antonio Luna

    Yow've nevver bin to Caldmore 'av yow! it's Toe Kneeeee Moooooooooon! not Toe Kneeeee Moo INN
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    Hiroshi Kiyotake

    From the videos I have seen Kiyo reminds me of Modric and perhaps a little faster. We have been sadly lacking for set piece plays since Barry and Young left and there is no doubt that Kiyo has some talent there. The one thing I have liked about him though that stands out for me is the exuberance and joy that he shows in his play. However, at the moment he is still under contract with FCN and understandably they don't want him to leave. They allegedly put a valuation on him that would discourage a number of teams from pursuit. Rumours abound about Kiyos own wishes but regardless of social media anecdotes, the question to settle is whether Kiyo would add much more to what we may already have on our squad. Tonev may already be an option as a No. 10. Delph seems to be an older wiser more confident player and Sylla keeps improving every game. We haven't seen the top side of Westwood for that matter. So what would tip the balance if we assume there could be a Villa interest? For me it is probably going to be down to being able to negotiate with FCN for a fair valuation on the contract side of things. On the playing side I would think that the addition of Kiyos set piece skills would tip the scales. So for me, If the rumours that we are in for Kiyo and he is interested are true then I would applaud Lambert if he signs the lad. There may well be a few other irons in the fire apart from Kiyotake. I wouldnt be surprised if we signed a couple more players before the window ends. Maybe even sooner if the possible Bent sale is concluded.