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Silly Season Quality Villa To Flex Financial muscle

Silly season is upon us, it’s that time of year when we’re linked, to all and sundry. In most cases, that’s 99.9% of the time, it only ends up as speculation, but it’s exciting and fun. It’s become something of a game to me. Trying to validate a rumour or report before tossing it aside and labelling it as speculation.

Obviously, as time goes by, silence can be worrying and frustrating. So it’s always good to see your club active early on. Then you can sit back and convince yourself their working on other deals and they just take time. The bottom line is unless your club splashes out serious cash, agents, and players will play the waiting game. That said, I do expect Villa to Flex its financial muscle and spend big this window but only on quality.

Anyhow, forget silly season for a moment. Back to the final day of the season. It seemed pretty pointless writing another new leader post for the final day. After all, I had written about the West-Ham game two days earlier. What was I going to write or cover that you had not read or said yourself prior?. I suppose I could have always self-praised. Sat down and wrote some incoherent self-importance crap of how right I was over my bowl of corn flakes and passed it off as a leader post, but that’s not my style. Bottom line is we all knew what was needed, following our incredible result against Arsenal.

Kicking Every Ball

I’m sure we all went through similar emotions on the final day, from pulling our hair out, too biting our nails. Screaming at the tv, flicking across channels to get updates on scores elsewhere. Oh, what a day it was, I kicked every ball and the relief when finally hearing the final whistle. I’m glad to say most of us enjoyed the moment and occasion. And I’m pretty sure I was not the only Villa fan who woke up with a hangover.

Final Day Emotions & Moans Of Villa Fans

But I will never understand some of our fans mindsets. The ones who sneered and scoffed because the players celebrated obtaining survival, why was it so wrong?. Especially after the emotions, those very same fans must have just endured throughout the 90minutes. What did they do when the final whistle went? act like lunatics I suspect like the rest of us.

It must have been so sweet for the players when the news finally came through they had achieved survival. I know we saw them in the circle live on TV, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Given that the players and everyone connected with the club will have made huge sacrifices, during the lockdown. Especially our foreign players not able to go see family members. So It’s hardly surprising they let their emotions go in the changing room. What we witnessed were pure joy and relief, because against all the odds, and after they had been written off by so many, they accomplished the impossible in very difficult circumstances.

Praise For Dean Smith & Suso Departs

I think Dean Smith deserves full credit for getting the players up for the final four battles. I think it also proves the players want to play for him. So the previous talk of him losing the dressing room when results were going against us was crap. All things considered, It was nothing short of a miracle we survived.

Then this week after much speculation, Suso became the first casualty of the shakeup. Whatever your opinion of Suso there is no denying that under his time at Villa, we won promotion and then consolidated in our first season back. Plus the academy structures have had something of a makeover. But it’s also true a picture paints a thousand words.

No Surprise Really

Rightly or wrongly the decision was made personally, I am glad we’re striving to improve, even if it’s at Suso expense or anyone else connected to the club for that matter. Remember no one person is bigger than the club. I think it’s quite telling that no fans seemed surprised on hearing about Suso departure. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the player’s, Suso was partially responsible for purchasing last summer. Who comes good, who we make a profit on?. We’re all aware of the numbers which were needed last summer. And the budget available for the wholesale changes, because of needing to adhere to ffp.

So It’s back to the silly season for a few weeks, I am expecting to see 4 quality additions arrive at Villa Park this summer, and one or two potentials. But given that our new sporting director Johan Lange as just arrived who knows, regardless It seems Villa has been proactive with the sporting director post being filled almost immediately. I hope our transfer targets arrive at a similar speed. But If not, I will just tell myself we’re working on deals and these things just take time. ?

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Vancouvervillan
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3 months ago

I read a report that John Terry might be considered for the new Bournemouth manager. I expect having seen Lampards relatively successful stint in management so far, they think JT capable of similar.

I expected way more from our defense with JT as the defensive coach, not sure what happened, poor personnel, interference from Suso, Smith, O’Reilly, the system ?
Whatever the reason my expectations of JT’s involvement didn’t include conceding the most goals in the PL this season.

Thanks JT, adios ?

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3 months ago

I despair,Joe lolley linked with 8 million pounds transfer,have we not tried this the last few years without success,

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3 months ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

We seem to be looking at quite a few players for the academy from all over Europe. Makes sense given the outline for the future we were given & SD appointment.

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3 months ago

Reading we are interested in a few younger prospects with Norwich u18 striker Shakpoke
Yeah I know ?
In talks to join the academy allegedly.

Apparently we are fighting over Aaron Hickey, 18 yr old Hearts FB, with Bayern Munich. Valued at 1.5 mil, can play either flank.

Matty Cash, FB (good player imo), Sheffield utd had 10 mil bid rejected. Were not linked but thought I’d add to the speculation ?
Wilder maybe a good judge ?

Links with Origi, Benrahma, McCarthy, Rashica, Heanacho, uncle Tom cobbly an all !

Not a big secret we’re interested in Benrahma but generally, apart from the two kids mentioned, I wonder if we will again see signings we never heard about ahead of time ?
Id like to think we are keeping our cards close to our chest, as we have recently.
As Jcv would say, I’ll believe it when their in the shirt on the OS !
Silly season in full swing then ?

Morning all, catch up later ?

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3 months ago

Lots going on behind the scenes we can be sure of that. I try to avoid most of the speculation as we invariably end up with players a little less inspiring than the ones I get most excited about.

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3 months ago
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I’m assuming most players / staff will be having a 2 or 3 week break now and be back at it 4 weeks before the start.
I think its generally a quiet time all round next two weeks.
Not expecting first team signings until after that tbh.
Not sure many will be going
abroad but I believe their are “safe countries” established ?
I’ll look out for Jack on the Stanley Park sea wall ?
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Yep, Trezeguet in particular was well touted before signing, Nakamba i got the impression wS more a come and get me plee whilst we were umming and arring about the Phillips fee.
Wesley, Luiz, Konsa was kept pretty quiet though.

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3 months ago

Transfer wheel rigged ,once I have won it’s worse than try to win an argument with missus,by the way BB some set up with your players details that young lad ending sylla looks a monster,

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3 months ago
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Was praising your Set up mate,only thing missing is jcv hero spud

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3 months ago
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Lol

Yeah squad list is useful but stats are available elsewhere, way too much work mate.

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3 months ago
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I like that, puts things into prospective when you look at basic stats for the season. El Ghazi for example doesn’t look too bad compared to some others ?

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3 months ago

Maybe you should just stick to rigging the transfer wheel though
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???

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3 months ago

Who is Ron saunders

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I think it might be BB’s test account, just guessing.

I like the avatar bud, we were some team playing under … well you ?

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Have to thank bb for it,yes some team under Ron,

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3 months ago
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Mistake for me Heaton my no.1 & Steer got us up.
Give some responsibility to our youth keeper as 3rd choice. After all we are supposedly all about bringing the youth through now.
Reina a complete liability at times.

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Dread to think Reina is coming back,what a waste of money

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Indeed, I thought we might go just one window without signing a keeper ?
Got more keepers than midfielders !

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3 months ago

Also, and I think it’s important, we achieved promotion a year earlier than our owners (and CEO) thought likely. Given another season in the championship I believe we would have bought much more sensibly, with a view to retaining players from the promotion season. That way, we would have had a much less tricky first season back in the Prem. It was the complete overhaul required from Bruce’s squad that was the cause of most of our problems this year.

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5 loan players in the first team, including the spine, whilst in the Championship.
I sometimes wonder what people expected. I like the way the clubs heading, we may have to make further adjustments to get it right, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with the direction we’re heading.
This is modern football and following the model of Copenhagen, RB Liepzieg, Valencia … seems like a very smart way of approaching things to me, from both a footballing & business point of view.

It’s funny, reading some comments today ?, I have also come to the conclusion that life is very much black & white for passionate younger fans but the real “reality” is always a shade of grey. Maybe that realisation comes only later in life when you have developed a beer belly & maybe a little more life experience ?
Nice posts mate ??

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3 months ago

hi lads,
like the shirt.

now about the owners.this is the season to really judge them.
im not happy with the management of the club.
and was not hapy with most of the signings this season.
but we will have to wait and see.
now after the relegation battle,im expecting us to end up a mid table club by the seasons end,with no relegation battle.
and i think we would all settle for that.

now back to the owners,we all thank them for saving us at the time.
but lets be honest,the same was said of lerner and the doc when they came in.

only time will tell.

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3 months ago

Just voted for us to reach the top 10 this season. Always reckon it’s best to start off thinking positively. Success, though, is surely in the eye of the beholder. 17th will do nicely thank you very much.

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3 months ago
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Show some ambition mate, I have just voted for us to win the league, but 10th will do very nicely. Now that’s positive thinking. ?

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Yep. !0th would be fine for me. And I’m very optimistic we’ll get that at least. I was just trying to point out I’d be happy even if we avoided the drop 🙂

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