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  1. ^^ 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..
  2. ^^ 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.
  3. @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!!
  4. 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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    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).
  6. Q. How much would you sell Mings for Villa? A. He's priceless, we're loaded, now do one. Don't need no price comparison website to work that one out, simples!
  7. To be fair to them he is their Grealish but some of the blunt reactions and threats to dismember you @Vive_La_Villaare OTT. It's also interesting to note that we're light on Leeds fans on VT now too, seeing as we're not going into financial meltdown...and got promoted ahead of them. I do feel for them but my sympathy rapidly evaporates when their combined intellectual response is F.. K off... they deserve everything they get if that's their attitude.
  8. We've clearly got transfer targets in mind and are making progress but it's still a challenge to stay up for any team coming through the play-off route. I feel a good season of progress will still see us lower mid at the end of the day. That would be a good result given we're back up a year ahead of Purslow's plan. I'm cautiously optimistic that we could do better as I'm hoping we'll surprise a few given we'll be the unknown team/manager that they won't have played before.
  9. They're clearly smoking something down at the Sun newspaper...perhaps the heatwave has melted whatever brain cell they share when cobling together the latest rumour. SJM is an outstanding prospect alongside Grealish as they compliment each other really well but nothing more at this point. All potential, but unproven at the top levels of the game - even though I'm confident he'll adapt and improve. I know the Man Utd transfer approach is at car crash levels of efficiency these days but really, £50m...you have to be popping something illegal to publish that "exclusive"...
  10. It's good to see we're buying sensibly, Targett has potential and will improve under Dean Smith. £14m is peanuts in this league and arguably better value than the often quoted £20m for Championship players. I just wish Bournemouth could be as reasonable when it comes to Mings!
  11. Seems the plan is coming together, just as Purslow and Smith said it would in their last interview. We have to trust them and Suso to be working on this now and Smith has form for rebuilding squads given his Brentford experience. I've no doubt we'll still be linked with Cahill, Milner and Delph but I believe we have a plan and it's being executed to perfection. Just need Mings secured now and I'll be able to relax for the summer!
  12. We're just to slow again tonight, have we learnt nothing from Saturday, come on Villa, don't waste this now..
  13. We were poor today by recent standards but that speaks volumes about our recent unbeaten run. Didn't think we were going to get anything after 60 minutes but laughably the Baggies grew tired chasing the ball, as the Bruceball tactics they employed undid them. The irony is delicious. Steer made key saves, Mings and Tuanzebe struggled with Gayle who then imploded like the plonker he is. Jack had to endure the usual kicking and McGinn found himself crowded out. Adomah was poor and i felt for Whelan when he gifted them a goal but he's an experienced pro and recovered his composure even if that meant only returning to a below par performance in line with many others today. We seemed to be doing everything wrong and found ourselves playing the occassion and struggling. Then, the substitutions made all the difference as the Baggies tired and Hourihane fired in a trademark blast - they clearly forgot that Glen Whelan had left the pitch! After that the momentum shifted, Jack found himself running in the right part of the pitch, the ref had no choice but to give the pen and Tammy kept his cool to slot it away. We definitely have the more talented team but the Baggies were being more effective, and putting physicality and experience to use but it's good to be a goal ahead although it's not a big enough win to relax ahead of Tuesday night. We can play better and must stay focused on attacking positively as they'll have to come and have a go which will hopefully give us the space we lacked today. Or they might go for Bruceball part 2 and still hope to nick something off the back of any errors we make.. who knows? Credit to Dean Smith though, he's fashioned a team and style of foootball that refuses to contemplate defeat and we're definitely going to need that mentatility if we're going to get back to the promised land.
  14. I've always hated the way we've struggled against Millwall, who have relied on physical size and strength to bully us but today we showed how to deal with it - we passed it around them and scored (for a 10 minute period out of a 90 minute match!). That aside, we didn't half make hard work of it today, sloppy mistakes went unpunished thankfully but Villa being Villa they put us through the mill every time don't they? Mings was again dominant, Jedinak had a mistake in him but was suited to the hoof ball from Millwall (it's so good to see 2 units at the back, how I've missed a team built around such players!), Captain Jack and SJM went about the midfield with typical surging runs (McGinn doing well to avoid the yellow cards he normally picks up - clearly someone has a had a word) but I went for Whelo as MOTM as I think he's given us a presence in the middle of the pitch that kept it ticking over whenever the physical side came to the fore. El Gazi showed growing potential but couldn't quite make it happen, Jimmy Danger did well for his goal but we lacked the physical presence that Tammy gives us. I felt Adomah had a poor game and Green injected pace but his end product also lacked at times. Can we make it 11, well not playing within ourselves like today we can't (given that it's Leeds next) but we certainly have the ability in the team - if we chose to step up but at present, I think we're coasting towards the boing boings in the playoffs and you couldn't have said that a couple of months ago! History in the making, 10 on the bounce, captained by a Villan, managed by a Villan… I wonder how the story will end this season?

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