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Southgate Snubs Jack Grealish Again

Apart from Jack Grealish getting snubbed by Gareth Southgate, there is nothing much happening on the Villa front. Hence why I have not published anything in a while, I think we are all aware the Villa players are away in training camp in South Wales, and they will play a friendly behind closed doors against Bristol City at the weekend.

But I am flabbergasted over Jacks exclusion, lost for words in reality given what Southgate had previously said. It does now appear personal to me, it’s just not logical, and that’s not my Villa bias talking. Jack Grealish was by far the best English midfielder last season, and that was in a struggling Villa side. From a selfish perspective, at least Jack Grealish cannot pick up an injury on England duty.

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Anyway, In just 25 days Villa will kick off their 2020/21 premier league campaign, and yet to date, we have failed to make a signing. The clock is ticking down and there are only approximately 40 days left until the transfer window shuts. We all know it’s important to get players in as early as possible. But it’s even more important to bring the right players into the club.

It’s also worth noting Villa are not in the same position as last season. Three or four additions will suffice, so while it’s understandable that fans will be a tad concerned over our lack of transfer activity. We can afford to bide our time a little more this season. Villa is also benefiting from the fact that our opening game against Manchester City has been postponed. That gives us an extra week to work with the current group, and extra time to bring in players before our season gets underway.

Although we all know the club will be doing all it can to get our targets over the line. We don’t want a repeat of last season where we never saw the best of Douglas Luiz till near the end of it because he arrived late.

Johan Lange’s Arrival Changes Nothing This Transfer Window

Does the arrival of Johan Lange change any transfer plans Villa had in place? I doubt it, not in the short term anyway. Smith will have sat down with Lange just to reiterate, and make sure Lange knew exactly the type of players Smith wanted to bring in this Window.

Pure speculation on my part but I will be surprised if we don’t see some transfer activity at Bodymoor heath by the middle of next week. Like you, I am left to sift through a trail of breadcrumbs of speculation and rumours. I guess we believe what we like and dismiss what we don’t.

I don’t believe ITK exists, usually, It’s just people making an educated guess. What we do know is the majority of clubs end up in a transfer chain. Waiting on the selling club to get their replacement in, and once that happens we see the snowball/domino effect. Do you think if manchester united had offered 100m for Jack Grealish he would be allowed to go before we signed his replacement?.

Lets remember it’s quality players Villa are now competing for, alongside a whole host of other premier league clubs. As for Gareth Southgate, besides him needing to give his head a wobble. It will be interesting to see what he does in regards to Jack if a player withdraws or gets injured.
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Begley
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Telegraph is saying Jack is on 140k a week

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Jack Grealish said: β€œI am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here. The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa. There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”

Can the ney sayers and doubters read this and finally put their negative moaning about the club or the owners to bed.

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WOW, well done NSWE and Dean Smith. What a club and what support from our owners

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Edit: NSWE not NASE*

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Thx. I did try and edit it but I wasn’t allowed to. I think the edit function has a time limit on it

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Still no new signings, hopefully we will confirm Martinez today and Traore tomorrow.
Anyway, it is game night tonight. We will win the game, it will be comfortable but the key is to get some competitive minutes on the legs of the team to play Blades. Other than Steer in goal I expect our starting 11 this evening to be very close to next Monday.

Watkins to continue his record of scoring in every game he has played for Villa in a 4-0 win for us.

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I can’t imagine Traore being match fit for a few weeks yet. Martinez is match fit and ready to go which is brilliant for us

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See we are offering Davis a new 3 year contract, makes great sense that. I like Davis I really think he has something to offer, he bullies defenders, currently we don’t have anyone capable of doing that, with those big CB’s we see every weekend around the league, i think hes a good option to have, Watkins, Traore might not have that same bullying raw power & im certain Samatta doesn’t.
If he doesn’t work out we won’t have lost anything financially, he’s got to be worth 5 mil now with prices the way they are and he can’t be making that much, id guess 15k a week if that.
Sign up KD ! πŸ˜†

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Would also suggest he is going out on loan. Good move by the club

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He looks a well balanced player, i think its right wing looking at that clip, probably well capable at striker as well. A new front 3 with pace is exactly what we need. Fingers crossed for Rashica too or am I being greedy πŸ˜†
Also strikes me that maybe Traore is a Lange find amongst the numerous forward players out there. Not sure King romour i would have classed as down to Lange.

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Hopefully Rashica but if it is not him I am confident that we have budget for someone in the 25m bracket

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Sky saying that his work permit interview is tomorrow

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That’s some left peg he has. Hourihane won’t be impressed. I know it is youtube but he looks bloody good in those clips

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Hopefully Martinez is signed before kick off tomorrow, be nice to finish that off.

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Yes I want to see it confirmed. He is my favourite signing this summer and I can’t see that being eclipsed. I expected a 25m to 40m striker that has scored a fair few. But getting a near worldie GK is a real surprise and is something i wanted for years and years. I am REALLY happy with Martinez

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Love that Reese James goal. Like to see Luiz try a few more of those this season.

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Maybe Matty Cash will pop in with a few screamers

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Think its odds on we’ll start a senior team tomorrow, Smith already said he wants to have a serious stab at the league cup again and with missing out on a game this weekend I think he’ll use the game as a pre season run out for the seniors.
Like to see a few youth on the bench though, a good lead and then use a few kids to see the game out πŸ‘

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Yeah makes sense

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Biggest open question for me is who starts at RB, I am assuming Fred

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Not sure Cash had a tough game against utd but did okay in the end. I think the new players would want to get as much game time as they can with new team mates.

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Our most match fit players will be Jack, Mings and Martinez which is probably a very very good thing

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LOL

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Lol
Have you been peeking next door πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

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I meant James blog, expat always has elmo & Taylor in his predictions. Haven’t looked in on there for a long time though.

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I am hoping he is off to the Toon. But, if Matty Cash can play LB then maybe keeping Elmo could be useful. Could Cash play LB and Fred RB if Targett is injured and then Elmo as a sub?

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And Jedi as CB and Hutton as LB. Christ, I get chills even thinking about it. I hated reading the team sheet

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I think Whelan could have done a job for us last season last 20 mins closing some games out. We missed a trick there. Couldn’t possibly of been any worse than DD.

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Lol
I bet his agent was over the moon with that tell all report πŸ˜† real smart move

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Of the CFO of Chelsea paying him 120k every bloody week

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LOL

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I think this season will be much easier to stay up than last season. I am not referring to Villa but more so the 3 teams that are likely to be in the bottom 3. Baggies, Fulham, West Ham look really poor. Sheffield Utd will struggle too. I think Burnley will be down there too.I also think Leeds will struggle. If memory serves me correctly, Norwich opened the PL last season with a very admirable loss to Liverpool at Anfield and everyone said they will do well. Sounds very like Leeds

I think the bad teams are worse than the bad teams last year.

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There’s always a few surprises but I tend to agree with the teams you mentioned struggling. A few looked poor on the weekend most notably for me Spurs.

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I would have Jose and Moyes as the first for the chop. Jose’s contract is so big I can see Levy not being able to bring himself around to paying him compo

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I think Bilic could be a casualty. Remember they sacked Darren Moore in March the season we went up when they were in 3rd or 4th. They are going to have a lot of crap results this season and trigger happy owners

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Lol
I read somewhere Bilic has an incredible encyclopedic knowledge of league players all over Europe and can recall names and stats, apparently impressed a few journos & agents.
All that knowledge and no cash to spend ! 🀣

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Funny isn’t it both considered top managers just 5 or 6 years ago now both kind of “park the bus” managers in my view.

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Yeah, very true

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Good manager at Southampton can’t see them struggling so much with Inngs on form, their well organized. I was shocked they let Puel go, but their patience seems to have paid off.

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To add 9 away wins last season, only bettered by Liverpool & city i believe.

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Yeah, I think he is very safe.

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Never looked back after losing 9-0 ! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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Let’s hope Blades stick 9 past us next Monday 😁😁😁😁😁

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Imagine trying to argue the case to keep DS after losing 9-0 with the logic that Hassenhutl went from strength to strength after they lost 9-0. Its hard enough to defend DS and the signings that nobody has seen play (ever) and they haven’t even officially joined Villa yet

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I think it may be more fun keeping it private.

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Might save you some embarrassment πŸ˜„

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You buggers, I just realized the prediction stuff your talking about is at the bottom of the page for everyone to enter. You kept that quiet πŸ™„
I suppose I’m already behind in points as I didn’t enter ! Mind you you’ll need a head start once I’m in full swing, ill catch up, crafty beggars 😁😁😁

Enjoy your lead while you can 😎

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How can we see the league table of guesses

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I am in 2nd, some jammie fecker is leading

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No worries bud, I should log on more often on the lap top instead of my phone. Got it now, just found out I get tomorrow’s game on dazn also.

Like I said you feckers will need the head start πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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Lol
Its understandable you might be a little concerned, given my football knowledge & incite πŸ˜‰

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I have android, I guess it appears at the bottom & drop down menu at the top, ill check it out on the laptop later, catching up on the Chelsea game, I already know the score.

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U only have an 11 point gap to me 😁😁

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Yep, enjoy it while you can πŸ™„

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There is a little football to the right of each prediction entry, u can use this on one fixture each week and u will get double the points for that game. Remember to press save after u press the football or enter your results 😁

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I see praying you don’t have to post the cup to Canada 🀣🀣🀣

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Thanks mate, I guess thats the “its a knockout” joker you mentioned πŸ˜†

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Nice one

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What a goal. Chelsea back in the lead

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D’oh, Brighton equalise

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And Chelsea regain the lead.

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Now that is a Right back

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Olympique Lyonnais manager Rudi Garcia has confirmed winger Bertrand Traore will depart the French club for Aston Villa.
Garcia, 56, spoke during Lyon’s pre-Montpellier press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Ligue 1 encounter.

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I had Blades & Wolves for a 0-0 but I have Chelsea to win 2-0. 1-0 coming to H/T is nice

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I also had Chelsea for 2-0 , not going to happen now.

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Down to 8th now and will end the night 9th or 10th, and no new signings today. Its all going horribly wrong. The Smith out calls will soon be in full swing.

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And where are our owners when this is all happening. I haven’t heard anything from them

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