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  1. I believe Hourihane was signed to address this, so that in midfield we could have the Jedi master and the paddy one...
  2. 82Villan

    Carles Gil

    The continued speculation as to why he was unused at the end of last season is understandable because it is quite difficult to to figure out. I for one am willing to accept Sherwood's explanation simply because we'll likely never find out if there's any other. And because his job was to keep us up, and he did so. But I have always thought football was a bit simpler, in that your best players win you matches, so your best players should be playing. But it's in the past now, and in the present it is starting to look like he is a very good player and one that is going to be given a lot of game time (if he stays fit) which for me is all positive. Now we just need to get some results...
  3. Going through this thread it looks like about 12th is the average consensus. I think that's about right. And I think it would represent a tremendous job by Tim and his team, and a great foundation to push on next season with a much more settled side.
  4. I am excited about a lot of the newbies. I genuinely think Richards and Lescott as centre halves gives us a solidity we haven't had for years. Amavi is already absolute class and he's still too young to be in the 25! Gana is pretty much our best player already (so far at least) and Veretout is going to be top notch. All that said, it doesn't surprise me in the least that Traore is topping the poll. And got my vote as well. Because when we're talking about excitement, what's more exciting than a player who is explosive from a standing start, can leave defenders in his dust and just looks like he's born to create and score goals. Awesome signing.
  5. This is such an excellent point that I think gets overlooked a lot in the worry about adequately replacing Benteke. For all that he was the main man and our main (read: only) goal threat, for how unplayable he looked at times, and for those goal-a-game spells he had, we must remember that he didn't actually score that many goals. It's hardly a stretch to see the new attacking players, between them, surpassing those totals. And even if we use his injury spells as mitigation, the fact the goalscoring burden is spread over more players now should reduce the impact of anyone having a lengthy period out. Time will tell but I think Tim's gone about it the right way.
  6. We'll treat those two imposters just the same.
  7. I'm delighted with the business we've done in this window. Broadly speaking, I don't really care about the players we've lost because of players we've brought in. Part of that might be down to quantity, with so many coming in we've been treated to the high of a new signing regularly enough to mitigate the disappointments. But I also think we've brought in some real quality and I can't wait to see more of them. More specifically, I may have been in the minority but I didn't think we needed a new keeper and I'm quite happy with Guzan as number 1 still. The defence will be much stronger with whatever the first choice combination winds up being and also has enough depth now that it won't be shattered by a couple of injuries. Same for the midfield, we now have options and strength in depth when needed. Bringing in a superstar up front to replace Benteke would have taken the excitement to another level I suppose but I think the money has been better used by strengthening the squad as a whole. Because we needed a hell of a lot of strengthening.
  8. His position will be (should be) as a central striker with others behind and out wide creating chances. He will get a run in that position I'm sure and I hope he does well. And I hope to begin with we all give him a chance too, and remember that his success, to a degree, will depend on the form of the other attacking players in the side charged with creating chances.
  9. That goal against Leicester last season was a peach, great technique on the header. I'm sure one of the ones against Chelsea (maybe our 4th?) was not dissimilar.
  10. We're focusing so much on the future we need to take care of the here and now = Lescott. Clark, Baker Okore are all future. Agree with the first part, don't agree with the second part -I hope Clark and Baker are not the future of Aston Villa IMO Clark > Okore. IMO Clark < Okore. IMO Clark <3 Okore. Not ITK.
  11. This is exactly what I would do. On form Sinclair deserves to be first choice up top - no point going on about competition for places if someone steps up and then isn't rewarded for it. With the new Holy Trinity behind and really any two of our 4 central midfielders (although Gana like Sinclair has earned the first choice spot atm) we should create shedloads of chances for him to get on the end of.
  12. You can say that again Seriously though, nothing wrong with celebrating a goal, shows passion Totally agree...sorry it's a little off topic but this whole current trend of not celebrating goals against former clubs or whatever really winds me up, if you've helped your current club towards points you should celebrate (just don't take the piss a la Adebayor against Arsenal) Slightly more on topic, looking back I love seeing him celebrate that last minute equaliser against us at Goodison in '08, made what happened next so much sweeter
  13. Good signing, will challenge for a starting place and means we can rotate or cover an injury without weakening the defence. His experience will help with the younger players too.
  14. I think you an simplify that a bit mate, if an offer came in that suited Aston Villa, it would be best for him to go. If he's truly loyal and Tim was to say to him look I could really use that 4 million quid from Brighton to strenthen "other areas" then it would be the right thing for him to do to move on. If however the club deems him more valuable than what anyone is willing to pay for him, which seems to be the situation at present, then I have no problem with him staying. I do have a problem with him starting on recent form, but he has scored some big big goals for us over the years and if he regains some form he can still be an asset to the squad.
  15. I'm really sorry guys, Saturday is all my fault and I take full responsibility. After his impressive start, I put Amavi in my fantasy team. In place of Scott Dann. If it helps, I am now bottom of the fantasy league.
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    Adama Traore

    Hmm...debating Sherwood fit v Barca fit is all just a bit speculative isn't it? On the one hand Barca play more games and at a higher standard, on the other hand the Premier League is renowned for being faster paced than its European counterparts, so who knows... What we must surely all agree on is that if Sherwood is worth his salt as a manager he'll make it a priority, seeing how many points we've dropped over the past few seasons in the last 10 or 15 minutes. He must also see, especially from Veretout's travails in the first two games, that he's not going to get the best out of these boys until they're fully match fit. Must agree with AE on Gary Neville, he analysed the whole of Monday nights game as if it were just Man U against this week's fodder, whenever we had a spell of possession it was simply down to them letting us off the hook. Really annoyed me. On Traore, can't wait to see him play
  17. He's a player that I've wanted to do well from the moment he signed and his level of performance has been consistently above average and in my opinion gradually improving throughout his time here. Friday night against Man U I thought he was very good indeed - that volleyed pass out to the right wing was sublime, not that it was his only moment by any stretch. Unfortunately I think he might find his England chances hampered by those already in the squad, there's never a great deal of rotation with the national team once a player is established.
  18. Not sure if that's true. Although I think I may have seen that shirt being lowered over Connecticut during a spell of inclement weather...
  19. If we're vying for top six with the above formation, Sherwood had bloody well better stick with it. Sorry, I meant when we're vying for top six with the above formation....
  20. I find myself thinking a lot about this, wondering (worrying even) how we can accommodate all of Richards Clark and Okore at centre back, all of Westwood, Sanchez, Veretout and Gana in midfield, all of Adama, Grealish, Gil, Ayew, Sinclair... Then I chastise myself for the small-time thinking, it's not about having a first XI and then some not-quite-as-good players on the bench, it's about having a squad and an equally accomplished player to come in for another in the case of injuries, loss of form, and tactical flexibility. In short I think what I'm saying is I want them all to be first choice, but it's not a bad thing they can't all be. I would love to see us play sometime with Adama, Gil and Grealish on the pitch at the same time though.
  21. 82Villan

    Adama Traore

    I remember another player exactly like that. I think his name was Ronaldo. Dunno where the hell he is now. Probably playing keepy up in the centre of Madrid with a beard and sunglasses. if only he'd worked harder. If only he was more humble! The Shaqiri comparisons won't end will they? All because his breasts are small and humble. Well to be fair I was confusing them with mountains. #LyricalBantz Nah that's his meat n two veg! (Or so I been told)
  22. I'm hopeful for him and willing to give him time. I wouldn't mind seeing him benched for a couple of games until he's ready for 90 minutes but I hope he's soon up to speed and a first team regular.
  23. Well the hope is the brighter future comes while he is still with us, otherwise what's the point... But yes he looks a top player, very happy with how he has started with us.
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