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Smiths Villans Growing In Stature

Smiths Villans face Tottenham at the weekend, and it’s a real opportunity for us to make it three wins on the spin with back to back away victories. It would be great going into the International break on the back of three succesive wins. But to achieve that were going to have to be at our very best. Because if were not, Tottenham are more than capable of bouncing back against us. The way I see it, if we turn up and play with the same intensity as we did last weekend. They won’t be able to live with us, and not many team will this season.

They may well have Harry I don’t want to be here Kane. But we have evolved and are no longer reliant on any one player. Let’s be blunt here, Spurs have big problems at present. They made the gooners look like Barcelona of old last weekend. On that showing and given our confidence I can’t see anything other than a Villa win. As the great man once said, would you bet against us? Considering our stuttering start were not in a bad position. Chelsea are the only team above us, who we’ve dropped points against. Our win at Manchester United, is probably the second most important win of Dean Smith’s Villa career. If only for a while, it should shut up the Smith out shouts, just like our 7-2 mauling of Liverpool did last season.

From Wembley To Old Trafford And Beyond

The Villa team that beat Manchester United featured three players in our starting eleven from the playoff final. One of them got the winning goal, Kourtney Hause. The other two John McGinn & Tyrone Mings we’re both instrumental in Villa’s win. We also have another three players from that 2019 squad, who make up our current squad. Steer, Tuanzebe, El Ghazi.

Villa have enjoyed a rapid rise in a short time. The only top six side Smiths Villans are yet to defeat since winning promotion is Manchester City. I am hoping we put that ghost to bed this season and the players use our victory against Manchester United as the catalyst to push on further. Surely it’s only a matter of time before Smiths Villans go on to achieve bigger and better things.

Parallels

My age means that I am fortunate enough to have witnessed the great Ron Saunders era. There are many parallels between then and now. For those not so fortunate, let me tell you, I believe were witnessing the start of something really special down at Villa Park again.

Like Ron Saunders, Dean Smith also guided us to promotion in his first season in charge. And like during that Saunders era, we also have some exceptional talent coming through from the youth. They are growing in stature, not only physically, but their developing a reputation. The similarities don’t stop there. Under both Saunders & Smith rebuilds were the order of the day. Like Saunders, Smith’s as proved capable of identifying individuals to play a specific role. To date, Smith’s Villans have improved with each season thats passed. Our rise as been so rapid were now able to go toe to toe with the established big boys. You simply don’t do that if your manager isn’t also improving on the job.

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Vancouvervillan
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3 months ago

I think its time Buendia started regardless of formation, he’s our record signing and he’s now fit. Ramsey has been fantastic most games, I think Luiz is the weak MF link. Nakamba reads the game so well, so underrated.

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3 months ago

So what’s you thoughts for Wolves as far as formation?
352 again (Wolves play 3 at the back) or do we start differently? I have a feeling it might be 433 with Buendia starting maybe, Sanson apparently also fit, I’d be resting Luiz given recent games. I still think Bailey will be on the bench though.
I think I’d like Smith to try a different starting formation with, on paper at least, “easier games” coming next few and its what I’ve wanted to see instead of same every week. He has had a couple of weeks to try something in training with Buendia and Bailey.

The question is will he drop Ings to the bench and is this the right opponent to be a bit more pro active with a 433? Wolves are generally a bit defensive but we shouldn’t underestimate then, I read somewhere they have good shot/chance stats but they just haven’t produced the goals.
On the other hand if it ain’t broke don’t fix it springs to mind 🤔

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3 months ago

I reckon he’ll stick with 3 central defenders. At least until he has Bailey 100% fit. Agree he should be dropping Ings though and playing better wide options to support Watkins

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3 months ago
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It’s difficult to know what might work better, our wide options haven’t been fit. Ings has always been the confusing signing for me unless a 352 was always a plan?

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3 months ago
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Not seen many as good in Villa colours in my lifetime

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3 months ago
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I’d agree with that and we’ve had some good ones. Rimmer & Bosnich right up there.
Kudos for very good work from our recruitment dept, 20 odd mil got to be worth at least 3 times that now.
From now on we’ll be selling at a profit, if at all, a far cry from recent times with expensive bomb squads.
UTV !

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3 months ago
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I like that idea of Ballon winners doing the voting.

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3 months ago

lol
scary from our resident clairvoyant 🙄

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3 months ago

Ted Lasso great show, has that feel good feeling about it and funny. I like the Roy Keane character 🤣

Luiz was poor Sunday, he should be the one with the creative passing, but all 3 MF weren’t good.
The brummie must be doing something right if we’re expecting better away at top six 😉

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3 months ago

I’m annoyed at that performance, in effect we gave it to them, all those chances we gave away 2nd half it could have been 4 or 5 conceded.
Good sides keep the ball, WTF !
We made them look good, MF constantly coughing up the ball they didn’t even have to win it back. Buendia looks championship average as do the 5 in midfield, woeful performance 😳

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3 months ago
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It was sloppy compared to recently, passing completion rate was way down. Thought Luiz and to some extent Ramsey were way off their best. Luiz needs to be finding the front two with his passing.
We did face a 3 man MF though, different to Chelsea & Utd.
We were naive allowing Son space and time. With hindsight starting Nakamba might of been worth a shout or Tuanzebe to handle Son’s pace?
I was disappointed but on the other hand I’m thrilled we are going away to top six and competing.

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3 months ago

Win would be nice, three in a row and top six before the break. This is AV though 🙄
French or Italian ?

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3 months ago

Or German, Dutch, Portuguese, Scots, Irish ?
Just anything but Brummie 🤣

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3 months ago

Nice post BB.
Reading through it also dawned on me the recent promoted teams that have done well have been together as a squad for at least a season or two, Smith has managed it without that helpful continuity, bar one or two.
Hell, he and the regime have even managed to improve the coaching staff at the same time, who else is doing that?

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