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  1. I don’t think people really know what they want and are too happy to criticise Doug for not being it. Thought our midfield looked a lot better with him there today and thought he had a decent outing.
  2. I should be paying you, smile across my face was priceless when a lot of what you’ve spouted on here over the last week came undone in 90 minutes.
  3. Martinez - not himself but he hasn’t become a bad keeper overnight Young - was fantastic Mings - captains performance - was awesome Konsa - seemed quiet but that’s not a bad thing from a CB Cash - awesome throw in and made good runs, otherwise fairly low-key but solid performance Luiz - thought he was brilliant in his return game McGinn - was back to his fantastic bustling self El Ghazi - limited performance but great penalty Ramsey - MOTM for me Buendia - showing us all how good he will be after a less than inspiring first game Ings - worth every penny
  4. El Ghazi has been a great servant for this club, but Ramsay keeps passing to him and running in for the give and go and he never gives the pass.
  5. There has been babies conceived in a moment of drunken lust in the back of station wagon that had more intention than that goal.
  6. I know what you mean, I don’t like the idea that we measure footballers ability in terms of how much they cost though. There’s answers for an against this btw. In the video he looks like a pacier version of Hojbjerg - in saying that though Sqenf Foot sounds more like a bacterial disease than a serious footballing publication.
  7. I appreciate your response and I understand that people are a little bit tetchy after a somewhat tumultuous summer. The only thing I would like to highlight is that people don’t have to moan when they go online - that’s a choice that people make. UTV.
  8. I couldn’t agree more, it’s hard to find a single thread at the moment that hasn’t been overtaken by manic, hysterical and irrational doomsdayers. 2 years ago we were playing in the championship and in the space of 2 months many on here have lost faith in the project, the owners, the coach, the recruiting and a significant percentage of the players. It’s insane jumping at shadows type paranoia. I can only assume it’s some kind of bizarre Stockholm Syndrome induced attachment anxiety from the Lerner years, but hopefully it passes soon.
  9. Your posts for the last couple of weeks have read very similarly to editorials from the Daily Mail about immigration and the corrosion of family values.
  10. We also know that people are subject to bias or prevailing narratives based on what they read on here. Nakamba isn’t horrible on the ball - his passing stats are fine and he rarely gets dispossessed (Ndidi, Bissouma, Doucoure all get dispossessed more). He is limited on the ball though, with his passing range very limited and his ability to dribble the ball forward also fairly poor.
  11. I don’t really know what your point is about him attempting significantly more passes other than he gets more touches? Especially considering these stats are averaged over a year. His progressive passes would mostly be his free kicks and corners that are successful...
  12. I see your point, but both Nakamba and Dougie have %’s for short and medium passes basically at 90% and that doesn’t stop a fair chunk of this forum moaning about it...
  13. I mean, to everyone who says he will improve our ball retention and complains about the passing of our existing midfield...
  14. A season is always mixed - Liverpool dropped a tonne of points against teams like Brighton, Burnley, Newcastle and Fulham. Sometimes it happens - the PL is stiff competition these days. It’s a stretch to state this as evidence for an underlying issue. In terms of big, you’ve taken my words too literally... I said a big defensive presence - that’s what you’re after right? A defensive minded player? I never said they have to be literally big. The bit I’ve bolded though is the bit that’s incredibly frustrating. Nakamba is limited and might not be everything people want, but the idea he gets dispossessed too often is a myth. His dispossession stats are better than Bissouma and Doucoure who people are keen on to fill that role. I’m all for people putting forward players that will improve us based on a solid rationale, but often people just want a shiny new player based on some hollow qualitative analysis and want to fix an issue with another player who’s no better at that particular component of the game. Hence, I have no doubts that if we dropped £50 mil on Bisouma or £15 mil on Doucoure, the same people would be complaining they get dispossessed too often in 6 months time. Again, I’ll back Smith and co in with what’s best, worth mentioning again they literally have not let us down yet.
  15. I think we’re talking about 2 different things here. My response was to a poster saying that we need to spend all the Grealish money ASAP - so I was talking about marquee signings. In regards to my thoughts on a new DM, I’ll back Smith and co’s judgement on that one. The things that I can’t really get around in my head as to how a DM would help are: - That midfield area has sparkled before and it was mostly the same personnel - Our defensive record was very good last year so we must be doing something okay - If people think a big defensive presence is what’s lacking, although Nakamba doesn’t have the passing range we’re after, he is very good defensively and it still didn’t help on the weekend - The goals scored on the weekend had very little to do with our defence in the middle of the park - the damage was mostly done in wide areas I agree with you about a need to control things in the middle of the park, although I can’t help but I think we may already have that if we play a 433 and can get a combination of Sanson, McGinn, Luiz and Nakamba on the park.
  16. Having players who are too similar in a given position or part of the pitch is a different issue to whether or not we need to go spend all the Jack money now. I agree there’s a sameness through the middle of the park, arguably the only formation that seems to facilitate the players we have is a 433, but then that raises a whole host of questions in terms of where does Buendia, Ings and Watkins fit in - someone has to drop out. My concern is that some on here think money will fix the issue and we need 3-4 big new signings to be competitive - I can guarantee if we do that the squad will be all at sea until the second half the season. Player cohesion and culture in the dressing room is real and vital to success.
  17. I literally said it - in practical terms, an established culture is the difference between Arsenal and Leicester. Look at the way Ferguson used to run his ManU teams. Investment is a given, but the investment in marquee player after marquee player isn’t the answer. All it does is give short-sighted fans a little hot of dopamine to get them through to next week, just so they can slag off said player by the halfway point of the season.
  18. Mate, sometimes just spending more cash is not the answer. I don’t get it, people on here who are like ‘we need more players’ need to look no further than Arsenal. They have a team of players that cost more than our record signing, yet they finished 3 places above us. Why? Because they don’t know what they stand for. There’s no established culture and the players have NFI what they’re playing for or who they’re playing for. Compare that to Leicester. When you just throw money and marquee signings at the problem you don’t fix the problem, or, worse you risk losing the team dynamics and culture that got you to where you were in the first place. The only way to retain it is good leadership and to roll players in over time. I’m not saying there’ll be no more signings, but as it stands we have about 5 new players who will feature in the match day squad. That’s already ~25% of the squad who are new faces and who need to be integrated into the Villa dynamics and culture - no small task considering Ings, Bailey and Tuanzabe have been around for 2 weeks or less. Be patient, trust in the process, we literally haven’t been let down so far. UTV
  19. He’s not really a DM but actually if I think about it he’s basically JWP regen but bigger and stronger.
  20. People really don’t seem to understand the difference between an aspiration and an expectation. We may not be good enough this year to meet our aspirations (we will see), but stating the owners and the board expect it as some sort of KPI is a leap too far - you have nothing to assume that.
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