Thoughts, and not much to say

I’m gutted that none of you have questioned why I haven’t posted lately.
I could have pegged out and none of you would care, it seems!

Nah, I’m only joking; the site is most important and my views are only the same as any other Villa fan’s.

The truth is, I didn’t get time to do a preview of the Peterborough game and didn’t even hear a single thing about it while it was being played.
But once I heard that Bruce had made 10 changes and we’d lost 3-1, after being thoroughly out-played, so I was totally despondent.
Many of you will know my stance regarding cup games and my belief in playing every game to win, as old-fashioned as it might be and Bruce went 100% against that.
He says he put out a side that he thought should have beaten the Posh, but to me that’s rubbish.

For a club the size of Aston Villa to lose so convincingly to a League One side, at HOME, is an utter disgrace, it’s as simple as that, in my opinion.
And I’d be very quick to say that it just proves that our second string, particularly the kids, just are not good enough.
Except, the only saving grace for me is that making 10 changes is asking for trouble and not giving the players a chance from the off.

While I can see the argument that we need to concentrate on the league, I just can’t see why we couldn’t have made fewer changes and used the game as training, with the aim being to actually win.

Bruce is frankly a disgrace for practically conceding the game and has gone down massively in my estimation.
I will never admit that we aren’t good enough to try and win any game that is thrown at us, plain and simple.
Hence me just deciding to take a few days away from what’s happening at Aston Villa.

Yet while Bruce couldn’t give a toss about the cups (where Posh brought 4-5000 supporters?) so he’s concentrating on the league.
Which means he’s made a rod for his own back now.
If we don’t beat Forest, he should expect the same backlash that MON got after the Stoke game that followed a similar poor attempt at winning in Europe.
And rightly so.

So I have to give this post a title, yet I don’t really know what to write.
“Sod the cups, we’re going for the league” seems apt, but it doesn’t feel right.

And then I’m seeing rumours, where someone has put a £3 million bid in for Davis.
Where does this sort of crap come from?
He’s just signed a new contract, for a start and if a club wanted him, I’d suggest we’d be looking at nearer £10 million.
Which of course is stupid money.
But we paid £15 million for McCormack, who proved a total disaster.
Talking of whom, should we bring him back, after scoring 10 in 15 or whatever in the A league?
Not a chance, as a) it’s a piss-poor league and b) RM and Bruce loathe each other.
Forget that one totally, I’d say.

About the only half decent rumour I’ve seen is Ulloah, or however you spell it.
Decent player, but I wonder why he can’t get a game?

I expect very little to happen in the window, maybe the two loans in, apart.

In the meantime, I’m trying to gee myself up for the Forest game.
But I’m finding it difficult to get motivated, given how volatile our play is.
The thought of another 5-1 whupping of Bristol City has me licking my lips.
But we all know it isn’t going to happen.

That’s for another day, though.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm .

    Aston Villa are growing anxious that a loan move for Manchester United ‘s Axel Tuanzebe might not be pushed through before the end of the month.

    The Villans have an outstanding enquiry with Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho and are now waiting for a response.

    The 20-year-old centre-half is a former winner of the club’s young player of the year award and has broken through under the Portuguese and has been training with the Red Devils’ first-team squad.

    However, Mourinho wants to give the youngster, born in DR Congo, frontline experience and Villa boss Steve Bruce believed they were in with a good shout of landing the powerful defender.

    1. jvillan
      jvillan January 12, 2018 at 6:23 pm .

      so is bruce going to drop chester to play this utd lad,assuming terry is shoe in when fit

      1. Andrew
        Andrew January 12, 2018 at 8:24 pm .

        Seems Terry has had a setback from his injury. And I’d guess Elphick will be let go now.

  2. Holte 66
    Holte 66 January 12, 2018 at 7:18 pm .

    Another player that Man Ure might loan to us that will a) add value so they can make profit from or b) gain experience at nursery club to push him closer to their 1st team erm NO THANKS! What about Suliman for ***** sake!

  3. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm .

    Not sure but I thought I’d read that Sulliman going out on loan along with another youngster, this I don’t understand.

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm .

    We’re particularly close on one – let’s hope it can happen.”

    Villa are yet to make an addition this month, but they have been linked with a range of players.

    The claret and blues are expected to strengthen up-front as a matter of urgency, as their current options are limited.

    Villa have suffered badly with injury, and have had to rely heavily on youngster Keinan Davis as a result.

    Villa are in fifth place in the Championship table as things stand, with their next match coming against Nottingham Forest tomorrow

    Bruce is saying two will be add to the squad to bolster the attack.

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 12, 2018 at 7:47 pm .

    on Villa have rejected several enquiries from lower league clubs for their talented youngsters – but Steve Bruce will allow some to leave this month.

    First team regulars Andre Green and Keinan Davis are completely off limits for League One clubs while the manager has confirmed Callum O’Hare will also remain at Villa Park.

    However, Bruce is open to letting the likes of Easah Suliman and goalkeeper Matija Sarkic out to gain first team experience.

    England under-20 defender Suliman made his first team debut in August but remains down the pecking order and is attracting attention from several League One clubs.

    Sarkic, meanwhile, spent the first half of the season on loan at League One leaders Wigan Athletic and made three appearances in cup competitions. The Montenegrin has now been recalled with Villa less than impressed by his lack of exposure to first team duties.

  6. nath
    nath January 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm .

    a mate told me this utd kid we have been linked too. is a good player. he is a centre back but can operate in midfield. so maybe this is the area which bruce is thinking about regarding this kid.

  7. nath
    nath January 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm .

    i reckon we introduce on Friday’s footballing tips for the weekend games. my selections this season have been crap. so i would be interested to see if any of you guys can do better. so i can steal so of your luck, just a idea.

  8. Andrew
    Andrew January 12, 2018 at 8:21 pm .

    He has like a minute of league game time, and can’t get into a team that has started Smalling and Jones, two of the worst defenders in the league. He definitely shouldn’t be getting in over Chester and there’s no reason why he’d get in over Elphick (unless Bruce is going to let him leave now). Seems Terry has had a set back.

  9. nath
    nath January 12, 2018 at 8:59 pm .

    he apparently played played right back against sanchez and marked him out of the game. i didnt see the game i was told by a utd fan. not all youth players have same abilities or are progressing at the same stages, from what i been told, he is very strong, pacey and versatile. our youth defenders havent got a lookin this far. so they are probably not getting in for some reason. samba and Eplhick who was in the wilderness get in before the youth defenders.

  10. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 January 12, 2018 at 9:07 pm .

    So – a newspaper article linking us with a Manure kid suddenly becomes gospel. Not only that we are now discussing the possibility of Bruce dropping Chester to play him.

    Where do you guys get this crap from?

    I despair.

    1. B6
      B6 January 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm .

      Keeps me amused to Hitch. 🙂

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