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  1. McKennie would be unbelievable business.
  2. I don’t think we should look over the fact we have both Jacob and Aaron, Carney and Caleb here…. If Jacob and Aaron are both first team regulars, you would think it would be an easier sell for them to stay.
  3. Agreed. Think the mix between the others is what will be tough to get right. I think the path forward is Ings as a false 9 (think firmino), Watkins as left forward and Bailey/Traore as right forward…. then play 3 Buendia / McGinn / Ramsey / Luiz depending on matchups, etc.
  4. I think our midfield problems yesterday were compounded by having Young and El Ghazi on the wings. Watford had nothing to worry about down the flanks, so they packed the middle of the park and also kept Sarr further up the pitch. I think our midfield pair will look much better once we are starting Bailey/Buendia/Traore/Watkins, and defenses have players putting pressure on them. El Ghazi having 10+ touches and zero dribbles or chance creations is unacceptable and sends a wave of pressure back down our “spine”.
  5. Ings and Ollie both put a shift in defensively. Playing Ings as a second striker in the Barkley role from last season will be perfectly fine. martinez cash konsa mings young Luiz Mcginn Buendia Ings Bailey watkins i think this will shake out to be our best XI…
  6. Not concerned at all. Targett was considered by most here to be our most improved player last season and on the fringes of a call up to the England squad. He looked off the pace today, and he got the quick hook - something that many here have been negatively vocal about Deano’s reluctance to do so. I’d be more concerned if we were shut out… both of their first two goals we got the block in and were unlucky, especially the second. Happy with how we responded in the second half, and happy dean recognized our tactical errors in the set up and fixed them. Will be interesting to see who he goes with at LB going forward….
  7. Something to consider: I am very very excited to see what kind of influence Ings has on Brad Young
  8. Doesn’t seem like this regime makes panic signings.
  9. Put me in the camp that it’s better for our transfer dealings for this to have dragged out until the end of the window. Assuming the powers-at-be knew Jack was off a few weeks ago, they could begin getting the ball rolling on our business without our feet held to the fire by Leverkusen, etc. I think it was the smart play.
  10. I respect the feelings in here of this being similar to Delph, Barry, Milner, etc. be in reality the situations could not be more different. Owners have shown they are more than willing to invest in the club, they are motivated to do so. The sale of Jack opens things up from a FFP for us in a way that would have taken years to do so (or champions league qualification). Jack isn’t leaving for 15m, 20m pounds, he’s departing as the record English transfer fee! The situations aren’t remotely comparable. we have already brought in 70m worth of creative ability this window and are linked in the market to Damsgaard, Cantwell, Ward-Prowse, Abraham. I know it doesn’t feel that way, but we are in a position to capitalize on this windfall and be in a much better position than we realistically could have been with Jack remaining in the fold. Now - that says more about the general economic structure of the league, and the total inability for non-ESL to offer home grown talent the same wages, etc. that ESL clubs can offer but that’s a discussion for another day and another thread.
  11. I think you’d be surprised. we’d have to pay more than we would otherwise, but there are knock-on effects from a player sale like this. The FFP handcuffs that restrict us currently will be released. Sawiris+Edens pumped in 100m when we were promoted and we are currently pushing the top bound of what’s allowed (take a look in the FFP thread). A 100m sale realized immediately means we can spend 2-2.5x that over the course of the next 2-3 seasons (not saying we will but we can, which we cannot currently).
  12. We don’t have to replace Jack, he is irreplaceable. we have to replace his net output. This clip explains the process well. You don’t replace the man, you replace the chances created, the assists, and the goals.
  13. Jack has done his part so far for the club… He still has a role to play in the villa story. Would be too bad if that role is a 100m pound cash injection instead of as captain leading us on a European charge. call me a romantic but I’m still holding out hope for a long piece and interview of him saying he wants to see out what he started here, my city my club my home #2026
  14. Percy and Sky are the two most reliable sources….
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