There’s still something not quite right.

In the previous post, “Nath” made the point about new signings, as follows;

“We expect them to sign for villa and they hit the ground running. problem solved”

And it’s a good subject for discussion in itself, in my opinion, even though my thoughts will no doubt be seen as utterly negative, yet again.
You can’t have positive if there’s no negative to argue, is the way I look at things in this case.

But the fact is that so many of our signings look consistently poor from the off. It’s undeniable, by even the most positive fan and it’s another one of my big concerns.

Here’s my reply to “Nath”;

No, I don’t think anyone expects all of our signings to hit the ground running, at all.
But you would expect some too.

The problem is, it seems to me far too many come here and they struggle.
I could list them, but doubt I need to.
Kodjia is about the only one I can think of, that hit the ground running.

Elphick is a classic example, in that his arrival was much anticipated and appreciated, but he’s been poor and some want him gone.

I’m still convinced there’s something not right at the Villa and it’s why I’m reticent to think we’re certs for promotion.

Why is Amavi rated by the club as worth £10 mill or so, yet he doesn’t get a game?
Like I said, there’s something not right, imo.

Any thoughts?


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  1. langfordvilla July 3, 2017 at 10:17 am . Reply

    Dr T welcomes JT on twitter!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 11:02 am . Reply

      This has to be the most stupidest signing we’ve ever made. We get nothing out of this Terry gets a win lose. Dr X is as stupid as Lerner

      1. Hitchens 60 July 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm . Reply

        But I disagree with you here – I could name many stupider signings at Villa than JT nor is it fair or reasonable to accuse Dr. T as being ‘as stupid as Lerner’.

        From a footballing perspective we will see how JT gets on – the facts will decide – but from a commercial aspect I believe it’s a real coup and will deliver a financial return.

        So, JT welcome to VP – you’re a Villan now and will have my support as we strive for promotion back to the Prem

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm . Reply

          We shall see. He is a leader but so was elphnick and look what happened tgere

          1. Hitchens 60 July 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm .

            Not sure you’re really comparing like for like there Oohah!

          2. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm .

            There’s only one oohah though

      2. langfordvilla July 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm . Reply

        Almost as stupid ss signing Paul McGrath at more or less the same age with dodgy knees and an alcohol addiction….worked out terrible, didnt it?


        1. jvillan July 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm . Reply

          god was not 30 when he signed for villa

          1. GIDDYVILLAN July 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm .

            Yes he was born 1959 signed 1989.

          2. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm .

            McGrath was at his peak in a way when we signed. And he was well managed by the club. He also had decent players around him but his speed of thought was incredible. He rarely ever had to run in a game as he was 3 steps ahead of everyone else and his position was usually spot on

          3. langfordvilla July 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm .

            Plus ‘at least’ 8 years in terms of fitness due to dodgy knees and alcoholism! Not to mention the considerable advances in medical science that prolongs a players fitness and playing career!

            [Edited. Please don’t Langford]

          4. jvillan July 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm .

            so john terry will be 37 in december ,same as god was 30 in december 1989, god had in his head and probably only world class player we have had terry was never in same league as god,

          5. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm .

            Very true. McGraths only weakness was his distribution which was the reason he wasn’t quite in the world class catagory. But as near world class as we will ever get

          6. GIDDYVILLAN July 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm .

            He was God to Chelsea fans

          7. GIDDYVILLAN July 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm .

            Ooha mcgrath was at his peak when we signed him? possibly he went from keg to top shelf.

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm . Reply

          How dare you speak badly of McGrath your banned for 10 years 😓😓

        3. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm . Reply

          McGrath was 30 not 36. I think he left us about 36

      3. Rocky1 July 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm . Reply

        Oohaa just get behind the team and support the club and whoever they sign. You do not know for fact this will not work out. Show some positivity from your your armchair, and don’t give us the old history bollocks… that has gone, so move on.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm . Reply

          Of course I know oohagh is never wrong. Have you learned nothing in all your years on this thread 😄

  2. Bill Pearson July 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm . Reply

    Go on Oohah give it a blast, you should get at least 20 replies, I wager that he gives a bit of security to the team.just wait and see.

    1. Hitchens 60 July 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm . Reply

      Like it Bill – first to respond to Oohah – he certainly knows how to drive debate

      1. Bill Pearson July 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm . Reply

        Hitch, he’s a co owner and likes to get posters to respond, he’s done it again 8 up till now, next will be popping in between posts with one line comments , he’s a naughty lad Hitch, but I like it.?…………

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm . Reply

          Nothing to do with that I had exactly the same views and comments way before I was co owner if you don’t believe me ask Badger

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm . Reply

      I just don’t get how we can afford £100k a week I thought our budget was only a million. Unless we are getting rid of a load of players

  3. Bill Pearson July 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm . Reply

    Aston Villa have signed former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, the Championship club’s owner Dr Tony Xia has announced on social media.

    The 36-year-old defender’s contract at Stamford Bridge expired on 30 June.

    Terry, who won 78 caps for England, played 717 games for Chelsea and won his fifth Premier League title in May.

    Villa finished 13th in the Championship last season but Steve Bruce’s side are among the favourites to win automatic promotion to the top flight in 2017-18.

  4. Bill Pearson July 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm . Reply

    Hitch, just thinking about it with Terry now ours, i bet that alone will bring in extra TV money plus interest in seats, and sales in shirts, got to be a money earner that,

  5. GIDDYVILLAN July 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm . Reply

    Just heard JTs interview Firstly claret & blue really suits him & loved the way he bigged up the club & supporters, welcome JT UTV

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath July 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm . Reply

      If big you up if I was getting paid a £100k a week Giddy. I just hope we never get him as manager it will be a disaster

      1. GIDDYVILLAN July 3, 2017 at 5:10 pm . Reply

        What you on about he doesn’t need become our manager to be a disaster in your eyes

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