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Everything posted by Sam3773

  1. Guy on the left is Fabian Tadiello. He's Wesley's agent. No idea about the other chap.
  2. Believe Luiz is happening because Spurs have come in for Phillips. I like the business we're doing and I like that were getting it done early so we can bed the team in. Couple more and hopefully we'll have a strong enough team to stay up and push on.
  3. We're not going to sign 10 proven Premier league starters, only for some of them to be playing second fiddle. Jota as a squad player is good business. Jota as a squad player in exchange for the tea lady's apprentice is a fantastic deal. I'm sure there will be more ambition shown on the starters we bring in. This isn't one of them.
  4. Well if you're as right as you've been this year, we should go up 88-0.
  5. They're nervous. Regardless of what people say, we're the team no one wants to face in the play offs. Sheffield United - Billy Sharp possibly injured. Not in great form. Nicking points. Leeds - After being in the top all season, dropping out will have morale implications. West Brom - Mixed form. Don't look great. Bristol - Same as above. Getting to the shakey part of the season. Villa - 8 wins on the bounce so far, winning even while playing ugly. Motivation RIGHT behind us. I don't care what any fan who ventures into these forums says, when they look at that list we're the ones bottom of their list. We're this season's Fulham. I said it months ago and I'll say it again; if we make it into the play offs, we'll win them.
  6. Sorry chaps, can someone point me in the direction of the 'Aston Villa Promotion Party' thread? I seem to have got lost and stumbled into Bristol City Ratings and Reaction by mistake..
  7. Just need Gayle to score another 2 and I'm up a position..
  8. Absolutely, and them getting sucked in only makes another space available for the teams that deserve it. We absolutely must keep this form up though. Saturday is huge.
  9. West Brom have a pretty favourable run in. Doubt they'll drop many more points.
  10. 5 weeks ago we were 12th and talking about Smith's first summer in charge and what a force we'll look like next season. Anything from this season is just a bonus now. But what a bonus it would be..
  11. Sam3773

    Dean Smith

    Are we dependant on the player or the position? It's a key question, because we tried playing Hourihane/McGinn who are both unsuited to the more attacking position Grealish plays. They weren't as effective, perhaps because it's not their natural position. The only player who has attributes in that area, Lansbury, was also injured. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dismissing Grealish's talents by any stretch of the imagination. We are a different team without him, but if we had a natural backup for Grealish, a Sawyers perhaps, I'm confident we would have had a better run of results during Grealish's absence. Ergo, Smith isn't reliant one player, he's reliant on players playing in natural positions.
  12. Villalad21 is still wondering if we'll win another game this season. Bloody Dean 'midtable' Smith.
  13. I'd be very surprised if it weren't Adidas. That being said, who knows what the deal with Luke is and how we do out of that. The Luke deal always felt like a fluffy nice thing for the local community, whereas we now have serious commercial people in the right places who will look for maximum buck. I don't think we'll try and use Adidas to pump cash in, but equally it makes sense to use them.
  14. I said a couple of weeks ago that if we make it into the play offs, we'll win them. I firmly believe that, because the run it's going to take to get in and stay in the play offs will be something else. That will carry through. If we get there, we'll win them.
  15. Sam3773

    Dean Smith

    "You can't blame it all on Jack being injured".
  16. Sam3773

    Dean Smith

    Heard the same thing earlier from one of the only sources I would call 'very reliable'. Apparently there's a rift in the dressing room with some of the senior players turning on Smith because of the training levels and intensity. No idea who though. Edit to add, when haven't we heard of a rift in the dressing room? Always seems to be there. Bruce didn't have one but he did build a lot of the squad.
  17. Sam3773

    Dean Smith

    Made me laugh earlier when Sky said they were now looking for a manager who can get them promoted rather than keep them up. Shame they sacked the best man for that job. Slightly off topic.
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