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  1. Awful decision, makes me feel like we're a target for referee's as it's the second one in four games that's struck me as being suspect. Hopefully this will even itself out over the course of the season but it concerns me as teams who get relegated almost always get "bad luck" like this...biggest surprise is the Gary Lineker tweet - we might actually get some positive coverage on MOTD tonight...pity it doesn't help our points total...
  2. Given the signings we've made this summer the idea of Sturridge or Balotelli representing any sort of milestones for our club is frankly mind blowing, even if it's just tipping us over into 1000 pages. We may be short up top but we need to see how we fare in the first 10 games before we know what/who is or isn't working. I personally don't feel Dean Smith is relying on a single striker to deliver 20 odd goals, I think he's expecting all of the front 5 to contribute. Will it work, possibly but if not then I expect more firepower to arrive in January. That's what I believe Purslow meant by being strategic in our approach, fingers crossed!!
  3. Dean Smith hit the nail on the head for me in his post match Sky interview. We were physically overpowered by Spurs in the second half, the better team won but our goal gave us hope that we couldn't capitalise on. Only out first game and plenty of positives to build on but Villa Park must become a fortress if we're to progress in this league. For 65 minutes we competed and arguably controlled the game (despite the stats making us out as being hammered) but we fell deeper and lacked the experience to see it out. I believe Smith will be working on that out on the training pitch on Monday..
  4. Only 83 pages of top Totti talk to go (mods, are you policing this thread?), and here I was hoping to see if the identity of our mystery striker has been revealed! Everything point's towards Benrahma plus one other, just hope the window ends on a high note rather than fizzling out as we've made some incredible progress with regards to the squad rebuild.
  5. As with all our players, How-re-han (or however we're meant to pronounce it) has some flaws in terms of positioning, physicality and decision making but you can't deny the bloke has popped up with some critical goals - many after his drop in form that saw him booed off at Villa Park. Arguably he's been as fundamental to our return to the Premier league as Jack, SJM or Mings (in my opinion before the rocks come flying at me!). That's why Dean Smith seems to rate him (I believe), he has an underlying attitude and desire to compete, despite any physical/technical limitations. I believe this is the key difference in many of our new signings this summer and we're all the better for it. We now have a squad, he's an integral part of it and I believe his left foot will contribute to our survival this coming season.
  6. I thought that twitter post was someone taking the pi$$...seeing as this is the longest medical in football history?
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    Tom Heaton

    £8m is nothing in today's market and if this transfer gives us more cash to land the rumoured record buy new striker then I'm all for it. It all feels like a plan coming together..
  8. Maupay has been in the background all summer, I'm sure he's a good striker but not convinced he would work in the one-up-top role that Wesley will play. We will need the ball to stick when it gets up the pitch, especially against the top sides. Kodja can do that and is unpredictable, Hogan can't and Davies looks likely to be loaned out. Smith may want Maupay if he's going to play 3-5-2 but I'm expecting someone else to come in from overseas rather than us giving Brentford another £20m. Afterall we still need another keeper too..
  9. Many Villa fans seem happy in their misery, which is unfathomable given our unbeaten run, play-off victory and fantasy football summer transfers. Just glance across at any Sha or boing boing fans to see what real unhappiness looks like..they're so miserable they're having to spend the summer obsessing over our club.
  10. Interestingly we're still debating how to setup our international class midfield, whilst Sam Allardyce and his fellow knuckle draggers are already writing us off as being delusional. You'd think the arrival of players of Douglas Luiz calibre would perhaps signal to these morons that we mean to have a right go at surviving and surprising a few teams this season. I'm really hoping we catch a few out...
  11. ^^ I like the optimism but everything points towards Kalinic not settling and wanting to move on, plus I remain unconvinced that he's got either the physical agility or mental strength to compete at the top level. We need a better keeper to push Steer and vice versa as the stats show a decent keeper can make all the difference if you plan on surviving in the Premier League..
  12. ^^ I think you've hit the nail on the head with this point. We certainly are having to rebuild the squad and therefore Smith is looking for versatility alongside youth, stamina and potential. Despite our wealthy owners, I think this is something we have to do as we don't have the money (can FFP limits, even after selling Villa Park to ourselves) to get absolute specialists at this point of our rebuild. I suspect that will follow if/when we re-establish ourselves in the Premier League beyond this coming season.
  13. @Danny_Villaman84, I think I understand your point but from a quick review of you tube I don't believe Trezeguet is much quicker than El Ghazi, who in my opinion is deceptively rapid. This strikes me as a cut price gamble for a player who Elmo would help to settle at the club but I don't believe he offers anything other than cover at this point, regardless of tactics or opponents. Hope I'm proven wrong!!
  14. We have a nice mix of optimism, cynicism @hippo and realism @Tom13 on VT today, Phillips would be an excellent addition, no doubt overpriced but with bags of potential and as @TrentVilla said, he did a superb job on Grealish last season. I believe something is clearly happening with the player but I'm equally not certain that he's definitely coming to us but he does fit the mold in that he's young and versatile with a future sell on value. Whatever happens today, it's good to see that we are building a team for the future too. Leeds imploding and Bruce rumoured to be on his way to NUFC are simply the cherries on top of the icing in my view..
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    Tom Heaton

    We're seemingly getting an England keeper, for the same price as a less than stellar Croatian keeper... seems like sensible business to me if we get our money back for Kalinic this window and follow up with KP from Leeds. If it helps to establish us in the Prem then I'm okay with this at £7m, after all I think he's still young enough at 33 to give us a good few years and he knows how to navigate through relegation battles, if that's ultimately where we find ourselves this coming season. It also shows we will not simply pay over the odds, so when we enquire don't assume we're desperate as we will walk away from deals that don't work for us. We're Aston Villa we buy who we want (or not if the selling club start to take the proverbial).

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