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  1. Just remember re: the clause - Luiz would still have to agree a deal to go back. He's come to Villa and got in the Brazil team - Man City would have to give him some guarantees that he isn't going to spend 3 seasons on their bench before joining West Ham (I know there are no guarantees, but still...)
  2. That's an amazing clip....brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, Nakamba. Then it ended. Not sure why.
  3. Wow - it's quite rare that I think "I hope a player reads his thread", but in Conor's case, I really hope he does. (FWIW, I hope Rashica doesn't read his thread; he'd be changing all the locks in his house). He come's across as the sort of guy who will read the 'limitations' comments, and perhaps see his own comments last year about Jack being so far ahead of others in the squad, and perhaps realise he was talking about himself. But also, the level of affection and appreciation for what he has done for this club - I'm sure he'd love it.
  4. I've not seen him play, but I trust the clubs judgement - they've earned that. We need another CM in my view - Luiz and McGinn need to be rested, and we haven't got anyone else to fill that role close to their level. We can't risk sticking Nakamba in against the shit teams just for rotation at this stage, our season could still drop off massively - Newcastle aside, our games in hand aren't exactly easy! And if we can get bargains - then that's good business. I read West Ham were interested in the summer, but they need a forward, and I think that some clubs just choose not to bid agai
  5. This. He should be very fondly remembered, as he's played a big part in the transition between us being in the shit, and becoming a force again (I hope). But his level is, in my opinion, below where we are now and definitely where we want to be in a year. Ramsey is ahead of him, and that's right for the club. As a club, we treat our players well, and should give him the loan move he wants (providing they meet our terms). And hopefully one day, when we're all back in, he gets to play at Villa Park, and gets the appreciation he deserves.
  6. A load of really sensible and balanced views on here about that team. Reality is that this move gives him the best chance of a career in the game, be it for us or another club. And we owe our academy players that. I hope they all make it, but deep down I suspect that if 3 of the team that played the other night are playing for the first team in 4 or 5 years - either we've plummeted again, or we have a once in a generation crop of youngsters. The "class of '92" have that almost mystical reputation as it happens so rarely. Good luck to the lad; go, learn, work hard, and come back bette
  7. Anyone coming through from the U23s? Plus - if/when we get into Europe, we might need to have 3x starters for the 2x midfield berths alongside Luiz and McGinn just to combat fatigue. Totally get your point, but to go to the next level again, quite a few of the current first 11 either need to step up again or they will find themselves on the bench soon.
  8. Yes. But he came in, didn't start brilliantly, but did OK - and was then in a relegation battle in a club struggling to score. In a new country, with a different language. That sort of pressure can really **** with someone's head. We are a different club today; he should be more settled, and it's noticeable that players have been keen to get him in the dressing room pictures. The injury will take time to fully recover, but as an option off the bench, and hopefully a handful of goals to boost his confidence before the end of the season, he can be much more relaxed, which is often when pl
  9. Not sure we'll see any incomings - unless there are some genuine bargains to be had. Some clubs are really struggling with Covid destroying their income, and as much as I don't like the thought of us taking advantage - I would love us to take advantage! Plus with Heaton and Wesley back soon, the squad is looking stronger now than it was at game 1. I am sure the big focus is on next summer - there's a fair few we will need to move on over the next 6 months and I can imagine another 5 coming in for the £100m combined fee again (Barkley, LB, CM, winger, CB), plus perhaps a replacement fo
  10. This. Good off the bench, and with limited game time, he can probably start a handful of games a season with really high energy, and against the bottom half, he'll do fine. I suspect we'll be looking to sell him in the summer, or a year later - maybe to a newly promoted club who just need that experience and only have £8m of budget. And that's how we'll progress as a club.
  11. He had a good game. Compare him to Keane - one was playing left CB in a 3, the other was on the right. One was dynamic, got forward and was a threat in open play and recycled the ball well (albeit with 1 too many long balls); the other was a lump of a lamppost, who waddled forward for corners.
  12. Exactly this. Jack creates space and makes everyone else better, plus he keeps the ball, which is so valuable when we're under pressure. I think Southgate dug himself a hole over Jack - saying stuff for a quick, pithy response, rather than being considered. The fact is, England are better with Jack in the team - others are faster, others will work harder, others are more clinical in front of goal - but no-one else can do what he does.
  13. The good news (and there's a lot) is that apart from Man Utd and Arsenal , the bottom half is full of the teams you'd expect to see there, so it's unlikely they'll go on a winning run. A lot of people would have had us (and Palace) down there, so we're genuinely over performing, rather than everyone else being shit - which is really how we stayed up last season. We still need to be wary - but every week the gap seems to grow and means that a 'bad month' won't drop us in the shit. Results over the next 7 games should ensure we top 30 points, and from there, we're surely safe with so m
  14. The exciting thing is that as we continue to progress, current first teamers will need to improve or risk becoming subs and squad players, as we buy more quality. And integrate the greatest U18 team that's every been assembled Seriously, I can see some current first choice players being on the bench in a couple of years - that's how far we'll progress (I hope!).
  15. He's become a vital player to this team. He came in as a winger, but has worked so hard to improve that he has become a proper workhorse, but retains that element of skill. Deserves all the plaudits coming to him, and there's a few players in the squad who should have a picture of him on their wall at home, and look at it every day thinking 'with hard work, I too can be like him'.
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