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  1. Think the mistake was bringing off Trezeguet, Arsenal seemed to be wary of him all throughout but then with Elmo coming on we lost quite a bit of attacking quality. Sitting back and defending against ten men (agree with the previous poster that it's natural for the players to do that anyway) was always going to end one way, we needed to keep them pinned back. Wasted too many golden chances too. Such a frustrating game.
  2. Barry and Hitzlesperger? We signed Barry as a 16 year old from Brighton, think the fee after tribunal ended up being around 500k - Hitz, well we got him from Bayern Munich on a free when he was 18. What qualifies as academy products? Those who have worked their way through from schoolboy up or someone we snapped up as a 16/17 year old? Sorry to be a pedant!!
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    Tom Heaton

    I think Heaton, as this stage, would be my prefered option. We've got an incredibly young squad at the moment, and maybe one or two older and wiser heads can provide that grounding or share their pearls of wisdom when the chips are down or when we're in danger of getting carried away. Those types of players are worth a little extra in my eyes. Heaton is a captain, he's 33 and has plenty of know how and experience. Please sign him up, could prove to be vital!!
  4. As previously stated, there are the opportunities in the future (with regards to the BBW, I mean, erm BBC) that we can just buy it out if he's a success. I really don't see what the worry is...
  5. I just can't help but think back to the first video we saw of Tonev.....
  6. Having all sorts of problems with the Villa Ticketing website.... Seat picked, logged in, T's & C's accepted, etc. Click V12 Finance option when it comes to pay..... "Please Wait" it says.... So, I'm still waiting. 20 minutes now and my 4th attempt. Popup blocker turned off... Painful!
  7. I read the same thing Rob, they've offered him around already. Maybe a certain Mr Amavi might be available on the cheap?
  8. Kevin Strootman anyone? Marseille need to sell players, he's an experienced 29 year old Defensive Midfielder, 45 caps for the Netherlands.... The Dutch Roy Keane... Or am I being a tad unrealistic here?
  9. Forlan, D'Allessandro and Junihno? I'll get me coat.
  10. So, going to say, I was at the game too..... Difficult to tell about the goals from the doug Ellis upper level with the goal behind the Holte.... I thought he was quite smart with his distribution and was good to see he didn't fear coming off his line. Yes, he spilled some shots, but for a debut in a new country he did alright. The rest of the team however...
  11. They're a good bunch of lads, an honest bunch of lads and they work hard...
  12. How many times over the last 12 months has he said "Yeah it's my fault we lost, I picked players who weren't fit/tired" - It's been at least 3 times by my count now and seems to be a mistake he makes over and over again. It's all very well being honest but all you're doing is highlighting your own poor judgement, that coupled with the fact that he has allowed us to go into the season with 1 recognised centre back and poor goalkeeping options is tantamount to gross negligence. The sad thing is nothing will change either. Thanks Brucie, you steadied the ship but seem unable to take that step into the 21st century and appear to have lost the plot. Really needs to get gone now...
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    John Terry

    I would love JT back, it would stabilise and calm the rearguard back to last season, take Mile Jedinak out of that bloomin' central defence position and give us a real chance at the top 6 again. Plus I'm guessing that last season JT gave his own teamtalks which weren't just variations of "Pull your sleeves and socks up lads, show 'em we mean business!".... 50/50 we'll pull it off again though, oh, and can we take Januzaj on loan?
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    Thierry Henry

    Well sod a lot of you lot and your negativity. I for one am excited about the prospect of Henry. We know where Brucie's ceiling is, and it's with hoof ball and being a nearly team with some shocking winless runs, and some impressive runs of wins. For me, to get the furthest in anything you have to take gambles, sometimes they fall flat and sometimes they pay off... As a player Henry didn't really have a ceiling, he ended up banging the goals in for one of the biggest clubs in world football, playing under managers like Guardiola, Rijkaard and Wenger. He's clearly retained a lot from those days, you can tell just by the way he speaks about the game. He's a lover of the game, is well respected and could bring sexy back to Villa Park. If it doesn't work, fine, but at least we gave it a shot rather than sticking with Brucie and looking on with jealousy after someone like Monaco take him on and he turns out to be the next Deschamps. At least we gave it a shot.
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