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Selection Dilemma for Smith Stick or Twist

Dean Smith as got a selection dilemma on his hands, does he stick or twist is the question, What will Dean Smith decide ahead of Everton’s visit? More importantly, what do the fans think Smith should do?. Keep things as they are for another week, or should he tweak it a little?

There are arguments and counter-arguments for both scenarios. It might be early days, but we have zero points for our efforts thus far. You’ve seen the games, and how we conceded. And no doubt reached your conclusions on what went wrong and where we can improve.

Personally, I think a little show of faith and patience in the players would serve Smith and Villa best interests at present. We were unfortunate last week and the team that played deserves a chance to make amends. I’m not convinced that dropping a player after one home game is a smart move.

The only way I can see Smith making multiple changes for games is based on him wanting to nullify the opposition. He’s generally been pretty loyal to his players in the past. And with all the talk of continuity being important, I feel he will not want to change much unless it’s absolutely necessary. He will want to get a settled side has quickly as possible. Who features in that remains to be seen.

Stick Or Twist

Having a selection dilemma is a dream position to be in for any Manager. But if you call it wrong with a full deck of cards at your disposal, you leave yourself open to critique. Smith has to make it work sooner rather than later. These are his players now, so he has to mould a competitive team out of them. And until we have seen Marvelous, Konsa, Guilbert and Targett perform, debates on selection will continue in regards who should be the first choice and who should be cover.

For all I know, last week might have been our best team. Now there’s food for thought. Well, you wouldn’t field a weakened team other than being forced through injury. Anyway, If I’m not mistaken, we have a cup game next Tuesday. So players not featuring will have a chance to impress and stake a claim for selection against Palace.

Signs Of Things To Come?

Two weeks ago everyone was buzzing about the new season. Two games later I hear murmurings of discontent. I think everyone just saw Spurs has a free hit, but last weeks loss knocked a few for six and has caused a few to get the jitters. Me I will say it over and over, last weeks game hinged on two errors. And those sort of mistakes can be ironed out.

It’s not like they ran us ragged or Alan Hutton was out of position, which we have seen in the past. The defence looks pretty solid, yeah I know we have conceded five goals. But I don’t have my heart in my mouth every time the opposition get in the final third or take a corner.

The players have had another full week together and now have a chance to put things right on Friday night. So fingers crossed we will all be happy villans Friday evening.

UTV

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AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

We are 15th now

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
2 years ago

Debbie does druids heath ???

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

I got loads of them villa models

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

pen united

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
2 years ago

Watching utd game, can’t believe how ordinary they look.

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Working their socks off Palace pressing

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Cahil should have gone then

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

I am worried about Taylor having to face Zaha

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Vancouvervillan
2 years ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

Lol
He already got his arse handed to him by the young Spurs RB
Taggert might be an option by then.

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Taylor got dragged inside last night, and it ended up with Everton getting to by line and Engles blocking that shot. He’s got some stick for that, yet the cross initially came from the space on R-hand side that was their all game.

that cross should have been cut out at source, apart from that i don’t see what else Taylor did wrong, so although everyone is expecting Targett to come in I think it depend on game he has against Crewe

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Vancouvervillan
2 years ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

Taylor is the scapegoat. We know his limitations going forward fair enough but some want him out simply because we have an alternative.
Some of the situations with unmarked players having chances yesterday were as much down to Mings positioning as Taylors.

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Jordan bloody Ayew

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

palace 1 -0

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

do they put the re-run on later on sky ?

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

sweet caroline

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

yes el ghazi 2-0 get in

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Everton look a top 8 team from the bottom 10?

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

For a top 8 team they ain’t had too many clear cut chances

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

El Ghazi as mostly had good games off the bench

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

HT 1-0 happy days

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

commentator just said what i was thinking in regards our R- hand side

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Disqus not letting you sign in is nothing to do with me – sounds silly but have you made error in username or email when logging in

i sent you email saying last thread is closed so comments cannot be made on that anymore – hence why i said log on to homepage and hit latest thread and you should be good –

why you avatar is not showing i have no idea other than you have not logged into your existing disqus account

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Callum O’Hare has today joined Coventry City on a season-long loan.
I feel for the lad having to play at the sty every other week.?

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Vancouvervillan
2 years ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

Two nice posts i haven’t really had time to debate, but thanks BB.
Ive been staggered by the criticism given to Smith and the players just two games in, it really proves to me why we as fans are sometimes called fickle.
Patience was always going to be required

New 1 year contract for Elmo i thonk is deserved given his performances so far, Guilbert is the future we hope but certainly no need to rush.
Everton going to be a tough game, I’d love us to beat them but in reality a point would be a good result. Not sure i would change too much but am looking for El Ghazi to make more of an impact and I’d like to see Marvelous at some point if he’s match fit.
UTV !

AVFCVillablog
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2 years ago

Hi buddy i was very critical of Bruce has were many, that was not only down to the tripe he served up, but perhaps a manifestation of frustrations of the turmoil the club had gone through in previous years and us being in the 2nd tier and seeing no way out.

I opted for Smith ahead of Henri and Faria based on his past experience to be able to improve players. I thought at the time that this season we would be under strict ffp with very little money for investment, and i feared we would turn to the youth, so Smith to me was the ideal candidate for such a scenario.

I have no idea how Smith will pan out, but i would rather invest my time in Smith trying to bring about an exciting brand of football to villa than go on the same old merry go round.

Even i am taken back just how quick fans have been to give critique the quicker we win one then the better because you can already see what is likely to transpire.

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Vancouvervillan
2 years ago
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Think thats a good move for the lad, at least he won’t have to up root himself playing there, mum’s tea still just around the corner.

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2 years ago

On our transfer spend – a lot of fans are using it has some sort of leverage in their opinions, for example you spend 130m the owner are expectant of you

The way i see it is if you give you manager 13om who just won you promotion to the premier league your giving him the best chance to survive, your not expecting top 10

Where as if you give your Manager 130m who finished 6th last season your probably expecting him to achieve 4th 5th minimum this season at the end of the day it’s about progression for any club.

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