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Everything posted by El-Reacho

  1. Think they've just treated him like any other player. The open training sessions allowed the fans to see Aston Villa training not Grealish. I've no issues with how the club have handled this at all - professional and without any fanfare or theatrics.
  2. So where does the forum stand on retiring Grealish's shirt when he leaves? Always thought that was a lovely touch when Bellingham left SHA.
  3. Right time to move on. I can't waste anymore stress on this. Time to start panicking about how we spend the cash.
  4. Think we're reading far too much into the training thing and interacting with fans etc. Same as the shirts in the shop. He's a Villa player until he's not. The club aren't going to start choreographing and stage managing things around him just to placate fans on the internet. He'll just turn up and train as normal until something happens.
  5. Think the ones saying that on social media do so behind their pseudonym and wouldn't have the balls to dare saying it to him in person. Interesting to see he has what looks like a bodyguard with him though - does he always have that?
  6. So did Shakespeare’s Sister say he’s going to STAY then?
  7. All part of the dance. Southampton might want to cash in and we’re a willing buyer. We’ve made it clear with our opening bid that we’re not going to just throw money at him. The right deal is when all parties will feel slightly hard done by but still want to go ahead with it.
  8. You'd imagine spending big money on a 17 year old would be pretty high risk. The Guardian do an article of the 100 best 16-17 year olds in Europe every year. Then they re-visit it 5 years on and you'd be surprised how few of them go on to be top players.
  9. There was talk that the original Hairyhands was Ian Culverhouse IIRC. pretty sure he ended up being sacked by Lambert for leaking team news. (Might've been Gary Karsa)/ One of them was Lambert's brother in law. Hairyhands' crowning glory was breaking the news about Benteke signing a new contract and not going to Spurs.
  10. Not sure I agree with this. When Guardiola came to the end of his career he found he that he was becoming redundant in the game because managers wanted their midfielders to carry out either the 'Makelele' role, or else the 'behind the front two' role. He wasn't fully suited to either of those roles. So when he started into management he wanted his tactics to work for midfielders like he was so he didn't use specialised midfielders that would either protect the back 4, or play off the front and went with midfielders who could pass and keep possession above everything else. I think Smith shares that same ideal so Luiz will always get in in front of Nakamba because he can keep possession better. Smith will be trying to protect the back 4 by keeping the ball at the other end of the pitch not by buying a new No.6.
  11. Surely City should be prioritising getting Kane over Jack. They've attacking midfield options left, right, and centre. They only have Gabriel Jesus up front. I know they don't bother with a striker some of the time but surely Kane would give them a lot more than Jack at this stage?
  12. Yeah - remember when Delph signed his contract with a release clause in it there was uproar that the club had put the clause in (led by Stan Collymore IIRC). If there's a release clause in there it's because he wouldn't have signed a new contract without it.
  13. If he goes we need to spend like Liverpool did after they sold Coutinho and not like Spurs did after they sold Bale.
  14. Of course he's a villa fan and always will be. If a villa fan works for AVFC in the accounts department and gets offered a job somewhere else and takes it they're still a villa fan after they leave.
  15. Isn't Adama Traore basically the exact same player?
  16. It's a shame Sunderland aren't still about for the like of Phil. Would've been a shoe-in.
  17. From the reports about Lampard's running of Chelsea I'd like to think JT would be setting his sights a little higher.
  18. Remember watching footage of Dean Smith talking to some students - he said (with respect to Terry) that he'd much rather have a coach with a determination to get better and move on to a bigger role elsewhere, than having a coach who was happy to stay in his comfort zone and remain long term.
  19. Better for the club to bide their time and get their first choice targets rather than just rush and go for what’s available now. I suspect the links we’ve all been reading about aren’t the first choice targets.
  20. This is a good point: teams such as ourselves and particularly Everton are guilty of trying to break into the top six by buying players who were considered not good enough by top six clubs. If Daniel James is good enough to push us up to compete with the top six then united would be playing him week in week out.
  21. Lost a bit of enthusiasm for this guy with the whole 'touted round the PL' talk. Buendia or Watkins weren't touted around by their agents or clubs.
  22. That Percy tweet sounds pretty positive to me. Isn’t he saying we can have him if we want him and money isn’t an issue, but we’re biding our time - maybe there’s better options on our list? Maybe there some aspect of him that the club aren’t happy with.
  23. Wouldn't be great news if he has inside knowledge - given the context of his tweet is with respect to Jack going to City.
  24. Not premier league goalkeepers mind you. Cudicini the only half decent one I can think of.
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