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  1. Spot on @TRO, it's literally round the corner from me and the place is full of the buggers so I feel for Jack as even if he has done something essentially silly under the current restrictions then they'll always look to hype it up. That's the saddest thing about the whole situation, in the context that we've all got genuine bigger things to worry about right now. Although I do equally enjoy winding my neighbours up, so it works both ways
  2. Hi @JAMAICAN-VILLAN, no issue with what you picked up on but I did make reference to the point that he "seemed" to have cleaned up his act and I "hoped" it wasn't true - he's a young bloke, not exactly street smart when it comes to choice of friends and a multi-millionaire. I realise that spells pi**head in any language but he was given the captains armband and has pretty much spearheaded our winning run back into the premier league. Until the last few games he was still arguably running the show since we returned.... I've just seen the local news and team statement that "he's a very naughty boy for going out and has been fined" - nothing more or less said. Although I did wonder if I'd misheard a monty python sketch.. Unless he was going to be charged I expect that to be the end of the matter as otherwise it would be "no comment" whilst an investigation was ongoing. What I was really getting at is the place this all happened is a hot bed for dickhead Bluenoses, that and maintaining an innocent until proven guilty stance is the only thing we can do until concrete evidence proves otherwise. The evidence has just been on the local BBC news.. Even when the world is in lockdown and no games are being played, the Noses are still obsessed with us!
  3. Bluenoses in Dickens Heath would love to take down Jack, the picture doesn't necessarily prove he was driving, or anything more than a passenger/witness. He seemed to have cleaned his act up after previous drunkenness on holiday and I really hope this isn't true. It is a crazy world right now but the last thing any of us need is this sort of attention focused on our captain/club!
  4. It is time to ask Purslow about the future of Smith.....
  5. Steaming turd of a performance! We will only survive IF others do us a favour as this team is not PL standard..
  6. He's clearly building up fitness and is somewhat rusty but when fit I'd have no concerns about him starting alongside nakamba for a couple of simple reasons. He's been in a relegation scrap before and brings another voice to help organise those who are new to the battle and league. This is what we need to compete in games, with the technically more gifted players (luiz) coming in once the game has progressed to a point they'll get the time and space to have an impact. Not rocket science, almost common sense and gives me confidence that we're starting to truly find our feet in this league. He's our midfield Mings..,just not quite match fit, yet...
  7. When I read the description of how he plays, and his general demeanor (always smiling), I can't help but draw comparison with Dwight Yorke at his peak for us. Even if he's only half as good then surely he'll have a fantastic impact on the team? Or am I just clutching at straw's like everyone else on VT?
  8. I don't like it but logically a defeat to Man City shouldn't be a surprise. What I cannot stand is the spineless, weak, soft touch "nice bunch of lads" mentality. It's 11 men versus 11 men, they may be better players technically but why do we never make them work for it, never see crunching tackles or any type of physical presence on the pitch. We cannot put boys out to face men in this league or our tenure will be very short lived. Suso and Smith, sort out the squad or we're nailed on certainties for relegation. Grealish can't do it all on his own and even he's beginning to look hacked off with the situation and if he stops trying then we're well and truly screwed.
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    Tom Heaton

    This seems to confirm our worst fears...
  10. Yeap, seen photo's on the Wesley thread and the tackle looks horrific. VAR failing again to spot what looks a clear red card but either way we will be incredibly lucky if we see him before next season...it can only happen the Villa!
  11. Can anyone confirm this claim about ACL injuries to both players?
  12. This sort of formation was seen as a viable option when all the new player's came in over the summer, let's hope it at least produces a battling performance today. If I see any midfielder jogging back I'm expecting them to get a rollocking off either of Mings or Grealish and that's what we'll need today - 100% commitment, playing for the manager and shirt. If we don't get that then the speculation over Smith and his future will only increase and I don't think that will help us in our continuing relegation battle.
  13. @mikeyp102, @M_Afro, @dudevillaisnice, you all make fair points, what I was trying to get at was why are we indirectly publishing articles that hint at discord in the camp, between Suso and Smith at the point when we need everyone pulling together for today's game against Burnley? It does highlight that not all is well behind the scenes and that the coaching staff seem to have the same concerns as many of us fans I.e. the wingers are poor, midfield struggling and Wesley just isn't inspiring confidence. I'm not pro or anti Smith or Suso, I just want to see things sorted out and some decent player's coming in this month who will make a difference on the pitch rather than perpetuating any infighting behind the scenes. Happy New Year Villans one and all..
  14. Telegraph article seems to be shifting the blame from Smith to Suso, it does read like Paddy Riley Mk2 with regards to pushing for signings that Smith gave the nod to but wasn't completely convinced with Wesley being the biggest example of Suso getting his own way and Smith ending up with poor players. When are we going to stop carrying on like this?
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