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  1. I've never seen him play but I've heard he is a good prospect. I assume from your comparison he was playing right back. Was he quick? I see he's listed at 1.75m so not that tall.
  2. So he could be sold to Wolves this month, but he'd still only be able to play for us or Chelsea. Can't see why Tammy would do that though. Let's hope he stays here. If we get promoted would be great to sign him.
  3. Although not particularly friendly, I can understand if other supporters think they're a bit silly or small time. Personally I think it's great that there are a group who are committed to supporting Villa passionately with a desire to create a better atmosphere - I'm all in favour of them. What we think personally about Brigada isn't really the issue though. Standing isn't really the issue either - though in fairness they shouldn't have moved to where they are. What IMO is really the issue is how the club are handling this. It's pathetic that the club have reached this stand off with them. The
  4. I've watched the interviews and read Sherwood's quotes. He's obviously under massive pressure (not least from the standards he sets himself) and he's getting asked a lot about it from journalists. I don't see him as making excuses - just answering the questions authentically and providing context. FWIW, I don't see anything wrong with what he's saying - I don't know what everyone expected? We sell our best players and buy a host of unproven young players with no Premier League experience. I'm sure Sherwood would have preferred a little more experience in the signings, but the club have worked
  5. As ever, totally baffled by the anti-Westwood sentiment here. Technically, he's a very good player - brave on the ball, looks to get the play transitioning quickly, good passer and vision. Defensively he reads the game very well. IMO he's better playing deeper, and a bit less effective going forward. Plays an underrated role - a bit like Carrick in that respect. There are very few English players who play technically like he does. Personally, in my view, the way players like him are rated speaks a lot about English football and English supporters in general (just to be clear, I am English)
  6. Heard his interview and thought it sounded ok. Playing direct to push the defensive line back to eventually create space is not exactly some hair brained scheme after all. Chelsea used to do it with Drogba for example, though in fairness they would try to transition a bit quicker. Ignorant fans don't help though (i.e. boos). Sherwood also had to consider fitness and rotation, so thought it all worked out ok and we were able to come away with some positives but most importantly the win. i don't always agree with Sherwood's tactics but then he'll have forgotten way more about football than I'll
  7. Totally agree with this post. I don't think he's a dick.
  8. I also don't agree that Gestede was bought as a starter, but to give us some optionality. he's taking a step up and will need time to settle, so I don't buy into all this doom-mongering (probably in the wrong place ) He didn't have a good game today, but there were still some positives so I'm happy to see how he develops. If we don't manage to get a main striker in it's not his fault.
  9. Very good today, unlucky not to score, but I think we were unlucky on the whole today. Doing better t CB than I thought we would. Total bargain on a free and looks to be a fantastic signing - well done all involved who managed to get him here. Hopefully will get even better alongside Lescott.
  10. Having been at the game today I thought he was good. Lots of energy, makes good decisions, clever passing with a good range. Think he will be an important player in this emerging, new team. Always baffled at the criticism of him. If you don't like him, and haven't seen this, take a look at this article which does a good job of showing his attributes http://7500toholte.sbnation.com/2015/8/24/9196255/aston-villa-crystal-palace-ashley-westwood-tactics-premier-league
  11. Enjoying watching his progress, though wasn't impressed with summer antics. Seems to be maturing physically and starting to have that 'thoroughbred' look - can look so classy on the ball. As others have said he needs to start adding that end product to his game - otherwise, what's the point? But he is still very much developing. Lots of young players have the ability, but most fizzle into obscurity, so in the modern game he needs to look the ethics of players like Bale and Ronaldo if he wants to even have a chance of achieving his potential. Villa aside, in the meantime there probably aren't
  12. So impressed today on his debut. Just looks so classy. Goes forward and defends with seeming ease. He's good in the tackle, but the best thing about him is the way he reads the game. If Richards had half his ability to read the game he's be one of the best CB's in the game! Really looking forward to watching him this season - top of the Jordan table so far.
  13. In fairness, there were no initial mistakes with team selection. Sherwood said in his interview that Gestede has a bit of catching up to do fitness wise and could not have played 90mins. The same could be said with Veretout. Richardson for Sinclair was just shoreing up the midfield as we tried to hold on to what we got. I think most would agree that the starting line up was spot on, given that Gestede wouldn't last 90mins. Yeah, he said he set up to sit back a bit and absorb some pressure, take the sting out of the game - look to counter. Then he pushed on in the second half. Seems a
  14. I'm always surprised at the criticism this guy gets. Thought he was very tidy today and plays a very under-rated role - I like him a lot. I'm hoping him and Sanchez really push each other this season. Really nice to have good competition in this position, which can hopefully spur both of them on.
  15. For me this guy is more about his potential, so I'm not pinning any major hopes on him too soon. He has good attributes, so I'm hoping he will make it and hopefully we'll see positive development over the season and I echo the comments about being patient.
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