Ponky

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  1. Ponky

    Loan watch 2018/19

    De Laet scored on debut for Melbourne City, rebound off a missed penalty from one of the most dubious penalty calls ever (even with the "benefit" of VAR). He played well though and put in some quality crosses playing in a RWB role.
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    Dean Smith

    This gif perfectly sums up our transfer policy in the Championship
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    Dean Smith

    Maybe there's an echo where you are...
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    Dean Smith

    I guess he has to say his goodbyes and organise his affairs while most of the squad is on international duty. I expect he'll be doing quite a bit of analysis of our players in the meantime. And poring over all the loan agreements to see if we can get a few defenders back!
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    John Terry

    Just reading that interview with Scott Hogan he says JT is quiet and unassuming - almost shy - so I think the demeanour we see on the pitch is likely to be a little different to what happens on the training ground. I'm sure he can deliver a spray when necessary but I suspect he'll be very different to Roy Keane
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    Scott Hogan

    He went on a bit of a run in December where he scored 3 goals in something like 4 games and we were finally starting to see something from him. Then Bruce brought in Grabban and he was straight out of the team again. Fair enough Grabban got us quite a few goals when it mattered, but you can still understand why Hogan would have been a bit frustrated.
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    Dean Smith

    At risk of derailing the thread I think the comparisons to Lambert are valid up to a point. Lambert came up with Norwich on a smallish budget and had them playing fast-flowing, attacking football, and he seemed like a brilliant appointment at the time. Remember how Villa fans sang his name as Norwich buried us in the last game of the season? And we were just coming off an utterly depressing season of turgid football from a manager who also, it seems, mistakenly everyone thought we hated because he had managed Blues. There are some pretty clear parallels and I can understand why some people are wary of history repeating itself. I think looking back on it though many can see that Lambert was actually a pretty decent manager who pretty much had the rug pulled from under him by a club where the owner had pretty much given up and the decisions were being made by executives with zero football experience. Any hopes and dreams of playing vibrant and attacking football were drained away by the painful realities of "we go again" football. So I think this is where the difference might be for Smith. The new owners appear to be setting up a footballing structure rather than a business structure. Hopefully they will be backing Smith with the resources he needs (rather than just money) to re-create and re-brand Villa as a football club rather than a franchise. So even when/if the money dries up for a bit under FFP the structure remains as the backbone of the club and we don't disappear into a Leeds-shaped hole.
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    John Terry

    You'd hope he's keeping fit just in case Chester goes down for an injury spell
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    Dean Smith

    Haha - let them enjoy the smugness while it lasts...
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    Scott Hogan

    Hogan stands to be the biggest winner from the Smith appointment. I think to start with Smith will want to select players who he thinks can best implement his style and tactics, and Hogan probably knows them better than anyone at the club.
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    Loan watch 2018/19

    Let's hope it wasn't yet another injury
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    Dean Smith

    And at least theoretically I can't think of a better person to try and get some semblance of structure into our defence than Terry.
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    Dean Smith

    Crikey - I had to turn on Google Translate to follow all that!
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    Dean Smith

    Consider though the possibility that Smith may have snapped their hands off when offered Terry as an assistant?
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    New Manager Speculation

    Just goes to show that nobody has the foggiest