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It’s A New Season With A New Look Villa

It’s a new season with a new look Villa. We travel too newly promoted Watford on the opening day. I fully expect Dean Smith to adapt & tweak our playing style after losing his captain, something which he previously struggled to find a solution to when said player was out injured. So it’s a problem that needs solving and quickly.

In Dean Smith’s defence since he was appointed the team had been built around his Captain. Can we take comfort Smith losing his best player is nothing new to him. He’s been there and got the tee-shirt. He’s faced similar dilemma’s previously during his tenure at Brentford.  Do we take comfort from the Christian Purslow statement that Villa have been pro active ? The club believe they have got the players in who will fill the void left by his kingpin.

New Look Villa

Only time will tell if the recruitment done this summer by Johan Lange solves the immediate problem and makes us stronger. On paper Dean Smith certainly as more options at his disposal. So it’s now over to Dean Smith to find his best 11 and formation. Unfortunately pre-season has not seen everyone available to Dean Smith. So I think we can expect some tinkering with players & formations in coming weeks accordingly. I believe given the new additions we will be a more balanced side. One that’s hopefully more fluent and expansive which is not reliant on anyone player. But a team that collectively will offer a greater attacking threat. I am genuingly excited, ahead of the new season, and believe losing Jack could end up being a blessing in disguise.

Big Season Ahead

That said,this is a massive season for both club & head coach, I don’t think there is any denying this, given the backing being shown by our owners, I think like us fans they expect us to kick on again and see the club improve on last season’s 11th place  position finish, can we get a Europa league or Champions League place ? Who knows, but would you bet against us.

Onwards & Upwards

UTV

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Bigfatron
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1 month ago

Another coach gone in Richard o Kelly, surprised at that

Vancouvervillan
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1 month ago
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Yeah, so close to start of the season, a little odd, poor health or said something silly ?

HenleyVillain
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1 month ago
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Yes, an odd time for that to happen. If I had to guess, it would be for health reasons.

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1 month ago

Our first 11 and back ups
Keeper and defence first choice are as good as any other side,not so sure on back ups ,steer fred ash hause axel saying that not really worried about this pat of the team
Midfield whether it’s a 442 or 433 it’s where the biggest worry is
Who is first choice,we all know Smith loves mcginn but is Smith correct,cam Marv step up,will sansom show why he was valued at nearly twice what we paid or just another in line of dud french signings for us,will Luis play like start last season or end of season,can beundi fit in straight away
For me it’s weakest part of team and that’s a major worry,
For me for us to step up we need to dominate games we need to dominate midfield which I can’t see with players at Smith disposal

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1 month ago
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For us to step up I think it more depends on firepower up front. We have a pretty good back line, so won’t be conceding too many. Up front I’m confident that Bailey, Ings, Watkins and Buendia will be scoring for fun. Even if we aren’t keeping too many clean sheets I can see us outscoring most of the teams in this years Prem.

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1 month ago
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Up front looks really good ,

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1 month ago
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They are selling the older players with little contract left, definitely a period of rebuild for them, somewhat forced. Vestergaard a good player but 25 M for a 29 year old? glad we’re nor buying older players like that. Not sure if JWP would be a good buy, would be expensive.
Arsenal moaning about Sheffield’s Ramsdale valuation ! lmao

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1 month ago

Aagh see its 15 m, makes more sense. Good player Vestergaard.

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1 month ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

I’m more excited at the start than I have been for many a year.
Got to be pushing for a top 6 place. Would love to see us overtaking the likes of Spurs and Arsenal. And I reckon we can.

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1 month ago
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Yep, better pre season would have been nice but i don’t think it’s going to take the likes of Ings & Buendia any time to settle.
Liked Smith’s comments on Watkins today and looks like he’ll be fit for Saturday.

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1 month ago
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Me too, last season i was pretty much expecting things to be tough, ie. fighting at the bottom, this season after such progress am really looking forward to a good go at gaining some places. Don’t see why top six is not attainable, I’m sure that’s the owners goal.
Need a couple more in AM, DM

Bigfatron
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1 month ago

Thought we would have had another biggish signing before kick off,we were short on attacking options last season and sold 2 and added 3,plus trez out for long term,as is Davies And noone seems to know about wes

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1 month ago
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Yeah nice surprise, thought he’d still be crying into his falafel 😆
Always given 110% for the shirt, great squad player.

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1 month ago
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Wow, interesting watch.
I guess Lerner lied when he said he’d made sure we’d be kept in good hands.
TG for our current owners.

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1 month ago
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Yes, watched this. Pretty disgusting behaviour – at least Samuelson won’t be able to carry on now he has been exposed. He should be charged and convicted with money laundering offences. Won’t hold my breath. This Tory government is as corrupt as fuck.

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1 month ago

Looking forward to new season,really disappointed in jack ,most other players left partially because of poor/bad owners but not now
Hope we change to a 433 like Liverpool ,really like another attacker plus a bruiser for midfield
Team for Watford
Martinez
Cash target Konsa ming’s
Mcginn Ramsay Marv
Ings traore elgazi
Due to injuries lack of fitness of bailey Watkins sansom beundi and luis

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1 month ago
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Yeah teams easy to pick, we even agree lol.
Might be a little harder to agree when all are fit and settled plus a couple more in.

Hope all is well with you bud, going to be a great season

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1 month ago

I had a similar thought on Smith having dealt with losing good players before, won’t be new to him.
We’ll add more players so going to be a bit of experimentation, it’s inevitable.
I still think he’s going to at least start with the 4231 formation, morphs into a 433 when we have the ball anyway and I think he’s got a good selection of players to do that. We look stronger with more decent squad options, just need to find a creative MF/no.10, can’t rely on Buendia or Ramsey and I’m not sure Buendia was originally signed to play there anyway, back up to Jack more likely imo.
With Luiz on holiday, Bailey not trained & in quarantine, Sanson injured and Buendia, Watkins having knocks could well be Ings, AEG, Ramsey, Traore starting us off up front. Back 5 picks itself as does SJM & Nakamba the deeper lying MF.
Hope we have enough for Watford, good start is essential.

Links to DM’s & AM’s make sense and I’m expecting a cheap experienced keeper to be added.
UTV !

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