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  1. We will just have to agree to disagree. I appreciate his work rate, but I don't think he is a good player, simple as that really.
  2. yeah, i suppose he's ok if you want a defensive winger? Personally i would prefer a winger who can do the leg work and be good going forward.
  3. i think the general vitriol comes from the way he cut his loan short. In theory his loan was until the end of the season, but he cut it short in Jan, the rumours at the time implied he thought Villa didnt have a chance of promotion (we did have a poor run tbf), that we werent good enough for him, and he wanted to go back to Everton so he could get a loan to a "better club". Sure there is other stuff, but eh.....was nearly 2 years ago?
  4. im going to assume we have a limited amount of money in the Jan transfer window, so not going to list requirements like im on Supermarket Sweep! Personally, i would prioritise 2 positions: 1) CDM/MC - someone technically good but also someone who offers power/strength/tenacity etc, to help make our midfield tough as nails. (like an Ndidi/Fernandinho type) 2) Winger/Inside Forward - Hopefully Traore will come good, but if there is any doubt from the Coaching Team, we need someone to actually fill that right wing (or can play right wing/other positions - versatility), imo we need
  5. He works really hard. But he's still rubbish.
  6. Yeah but watkins has only played a few games in the premiership so no chance really, southgate won't take a punt. Bamford is nailed on though, a seasoned elite striker who has played at the highest level according to southgate.
  7. Deano said yesterday that he was touch and go for the arsenal game but didn't quite make it. He also said he might join up with his national team if he passes a couple of tests over the next couple of days. Will defo be back for next league game.
  8. Hello good sir, welcome to villatalk, are you new here???
  9. agree. He's a very good player, and when we are playing well he plays well, but he doesnt seem to like doing the leg work/dirty work that much. Hopefully as his fitness builds he can get stuck in more and press better with the rest of the team, or if that isnt his style maybe deano can get him doing it? Great signing for sure, but he would add a whole dimension to his game if he did the off the ball stuff like watkins and others do.
  10. they will want the 5 subs for mid/late season when European games kick in and they can rotate/sub their multiple 50m+ stars to ensure the lowly scrub teams dont stand a chance of a top 4 (or 6) .....
  11. ye remember that rumour.........would have loved Juninho at Villa!
  12. we ended up with 55 points in 98/99. I just checked, ur right, of the first 10 games we won 6, drew 4 and lost 0. However we lost our last 3 games, and also had a 4 game losing streak in Feb/Mar, we also only won 3 of our last 16 games.......ouch! last 16 games were W 3, D 3, L 10....... (prior to that, played 22, W 12, D 7, L 3) blimey....still finished 6th too lol.
  13. it will be interesting to see where we end up this season. current PPG avg. is 2.15, if that form continued we would be on 82 points at season end (which is impossible ofc ) our highest points finishes in the last 25 years have been: 63 points - 1995/96 season - 1.68 avg. PPG - finished 4th 61 points - 1996/97 season - 1.61 avg. PPG - finished 5th 60 points - 2007/08 season - 1.57 avg. PPG - finished 6th 62 points - 2008/09 season - 1.63 avg. PPG - finished 6th 64 points - 2009/10 season - 1.68 avg PPG - finished 6th Last season we were 0.
  14. MaVilla

    Tom Heaton

    if he's fit i would start him in cup games. (Heaton) Hopefully then one of two things can happen, he is ok with cup/sub/cover appearances (assuming Martinez continues performing as he is), or it puts Heaton in the shop window for Jan or the summer of he wants to leave for a guaranteed no1 spot. either way he's getting some game time, after all, he is better than steer.
  15. this game aside, we know as well as anyone just how pointless "X points" is compared to reality, we were much higher last season on expected points etc, but look at what happened, and the expected points assessment didnt tell the story of how weak we were, and how we bottled it so many times, data cant show that in the truest sense. Stats are great for a lot of things, they can be very informative, but also they dont relate mental things well, such as the reason X team "should have X points, but have Y points", might actually be down to the fact they are bottlers or weak (a bit like we we
  16. top guy, a pity the reporter didnt say "Emi what a pass to grealish for his run!"
  17. 15 points from our first 7 games is pretty nuts. Honestly, if you had asked me what i would have accepted as ok for a points tally so far, being realistic i would probably have said i would have hoped/expected we would be sitting on between 7 - 10 points, with anything else being a bonus. (Sheff Utd - D, Fulham - W, Liverpool - L, Leicester - L, Leeds - W/D, S'hton - W/D, Arsenal - L) Lets not forget in our first 7 games we have faces Arsenal, Leicester & Liverpool. (ie: 45% ish of our games so far have been against top 6 sides), thats especially amazing considering i think we ha
  18. tbh im really looking forward to Wesley getting fit again. Most of our new players took last season to settle in and Wesley's season was cut short, also we have a much better team now which will help him. Regardless of whether he gets in the first 11, he will help flesh out the squad and will be an option while he is working towards fitness.
  19. Yeah......in isolation just consider.....the person making a defence splitting run to get an assist, receiving a beautiful reverse pass from Barkley was our LEFT BACK! Think about that for a minute.... I like targett, completely agree that he needs to bulk up and be more tenacious (which he seems to be getting better at), but technically and in an attacking sense he is very good. I think a full season under his belt and better players around him have really helped him this season.
  20. 30m for traore?.....did we get 2 traores then!?!?! (Cus we paid 16 for him up front)
  21. I think this is going to be an interesting one for us. So far this season we seem to have done amazingly against the big sides, where we can sit back a bit, hit them on the break and cause an upset, which is amazing considering how poor we were against top 6 ish sides last season. When we choose to come out and play though we seem a little more shakey, I would assume we will need to come out and play versus Brighton. This would either be a huge win for our progression towards 40 points, or another eyebrow raiser of a defeat after doing so well against the so called big guns.
  22. Interesting that we have won the first 3 away games in a season for the first time in our history. (Seems that went under the radar) Also we are apparently only the 3rd team in PL history to win the first 3 away games in a season without conceding a goal (others are man City and Chelsea)
  23. stat time! We have 15 points after 7 games. Last season, we didnt get 15 points until after game week 14 (2:2 draw with Manure (A)). Also, we now have 39.5% (15) of last years points tally (35), after 18.5% of the season. Goal wise, we have scored 18 goals in 7 games, which is 44% of our total goals last season (41), after 18.5% of the season. Concedes goals, currently 9 conceded, we had conceded 11 goals at his stage last season, the big difference is we have scored 18 goals in that timeframe this season, while we only scored 8 goals in the same timeframe last season.
  24. Being honest with myself, i can see multiple scenarios where that offside could easily be obstruction, for example if the shot was closer to Leno, went through Barkley's legs or was a powder puff shot where Barkley did obstruct Leno's view. However, in this scenario, McGinns shot was a literal rocket in to the top corner at a bazillion mph, there is literally zero chance in this specific scenario that Barkley was obstructing Leno's view. The only thing that possibly happened was Leno saw too late that the ball was rocketing in to the net, and didnt get chance to get himself in the br
  25. MaVilla

    Matty Cash

    tbf he has only played 7 premiership games in his career, i think on balance, he is doing brilliantly, once he settles and gets more comfortable, im sure we will see the forward play he is also known for.
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