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  1. Academy General Topic

    Perhaps this highlights that these guys have to get out and play as much professional football as possible. Youth football is all well and good but less is riding on the results, the competition isn't as strong and the crowds are small. National League/League 2/League 1 would all be good leagues to get a few months of game time in IMO.
  2. Academy General Topic

    I think those two should go and get some game time in League 1 or 2. Didn't Sulliman play for Cheltenham last season? Not sure how he got on there.
  3. Academy General Topic

    Any players in our youth teams likely to make the step up this coming season? Any hidden gems like Andre Green in there?
  4. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    He's saying he had 1% battery on his phone, received email from Bruce asking if he can sign Alex Bruce, replied saying sod off. #word
  5. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    I've said it a few times that there are some good frees to be had. I still like the idea of John Ruddy in goal on a free.
  6. Arsenal

    It's true they haven't won the league for 13 years but let's not forget they've spent loads of money on a new stadium and had to cope with the rise of other teams spending lots of money. I think they have been in the mix to win the league a few times but then seem to run out of steam because of the lack of depth in the squad. If they can bring in a couple of top players and have some luck with keeping everyone fit I could see them winning the league again under Wenger. Maybe not having Champions League football will help them like it has with Chelsea.
  7. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Certainly possible. John Ruddy would be my choice on a free.
  8. Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    We seriously need to look at what Bradford City are doing - cheap tickets and match day experience. Surely if you get more people at Villa Park for a lower price they will spend on other things too, so in a sense we wouldn't lose out. Most importantly though it allows the next generation (and current) to be able to go to games building us a solid fan base for the long term. If what psychologists say is true (that fans can have an impact on the outcome of a game) then surely any slight subsidised cost would be coming back ten-fold with Premier League millions if a regular full Villa Park pushes us to promotion.
  9. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Perhaps a free transfer or two would be useful for us; Premier League frees (obviously some are completely unrealistic) https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/premier-league/endendevertraege/wettbewerb/GB1 Championship frees https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/championship/endendevertraege/wettbewerb/GB2 George Boyd, John Ruddy and Ryan Bennett would add to areas we lack depth and quality.
  10. Villa Kit 2017/8

    Is there a new shirt sponsor due for 17/18?
  11. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Far to early to say this for me. There are free transfers to be had, players contracts running down (so good deals available), players from lesser clubs who will sell at low fees (low for us but high for them). Constraints will force us to sell off deadwood/loanees and that is a good thing. I don't think an open chequebook policy is too clever anyway. We have a pretty decent defence, it's going forward and in the middle that needs the work. But even in that area of the pitch we have some good players still settling in. Also, we don't know what everyone elses team is for next season yet. We're talking about the teams ahead of us and teams coming down but there is bound to be a surprise team too. So it is far to early to say we won't be near the top 6 (IMO) - I think we are probably just a few players away (of the Chester level) from being a challenger.
  12. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Also, if it forces us to utilise youth players more that can only be a good thing. Johnson and Robinson from Preston for instance, could play a part in our current squad. This is the best way to save on wages and transfer fees and ultimately even generate money from selling some of them. We have to be far more savvy in this regard.
  13. Pre Season 2017/18

    I'd like to see us play some pre-season games in different parts of the country. It's great we regularly play lower league sides from the area but why not mix it up a bit? It would give fans from different parts of the country a chance to watch us. Clubs I'd like to see us play; Torquay United, York City, Oxford United, Cambridge, Hearts.
  14. Aaron Tshibola

    Correct. My point is though that many don't get enough time/opportunity to convince us either way if they can or cannot make it. When they're not playing they just rot away so it's no good having him sat on the bench constantly. We need a system in place where our youngsters get game time here and/or have loan spells where they are going to play to give them maximum chance of making it. From the clubs point of view we will then either have a player who is more first team ready, or a player we can sell with some sell on clauses (like Arsenal always do - e.g Afobe).
  15. Aaron Tshibola

    We've seen it time and time again with young players who are not quite there and we write them off. Some go on to become good players. Surely deserves another crack of the whip, or perhaps a loan out to someone like Burton Albion where he would play a lot of football at a good level.