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  1. Denis
    Denis January 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm . Reply

    Biggest problem is he won’t get a work permit. Not a dual nationalstill Cameroonian

  2. Andrew
    Andrew January 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm . Reply

    Well if he is like Eto’o, then he can play out wide. Eto’o was incredible at Inter on the left of Milito. I do think it’d end Helenius’s chances of playing this season, but then again I never expected him too and it could end Bowery’s chances which wouldn’t be a bad thing.

    With our academy tended to be focused on home-based talents, unless we found another Crowley, I wouldn’t be worried if a partnership happens that we’d lose anyone, but I guess if we found say an 18-19 year old abroad, he played incredible for 4 seasons and they wanted him, they’d get him. But if we had first choice at their academy for loans, we could be hitting the jackpot. I mean take their wingers/forwards for example, Tello hits a hat-trick because of Messi, but has struggled for playing time. Can you imagine him on loan? It won’t happen as he’s making his way into the first team, but imagine another one of him on loan? It would be incredible. But then I could just be getting far to excited about it as well.

    1. Foxy
      Foxy January 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm . Reply

      Just to pick you up on Bowery, I’m not sure we’ve seen him play as a striker for more than 15 minutes and that was in one of the matches where no one else could be arsed and didn’t he have a header or shot wide or off the woodwork? There’s a good chance he’s probably not going to be that special but until we’ve seen him play in his correct position surely we can’t write him off so soon?

      1. Andrew
        Andrew January 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm . Reply

        I’d be hoping he goes out on loan if we get Dongou. Sounded a bit harsh and probably should have worded it better, but he’s not a player I’d trust if Benteke or Holt went down and him being the back up.

        1. Foxy
          Foxy January 24, 2014 at 10:38 am . Reply

          Me neither and yes, he should be on loan. It seems such a waste to cherry pick players who do well in lower leagues and leave them in the reserves or on the bench. If they’re not being used get them into teams where they can play competitive games and develop.

  3. ianrobo
    ianrobo January 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm . Reply

    lets thats right get excited byu prepping another team’s players and see them disappear if any good, that is not long term for us but short term and cheap thinking.

    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla January 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm . Reply

      All very well to say that. What about all the other teams using loans to improve their teams/squads? Everton for example have Lukaku and Deulofeu. They are interested in others. Why would you want Villa to suffer while others are playing that system. It’s fine to think its wrong (in principle I think it’s wrong too) but we have to look after ourselves here.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath January 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm . Reply

        True but Everton will lose out when they give those players back in the summer.

        1. Andrew
          Andrew January 24, 2014 at 3:55 am . Reply

          Yes but unlike usual they’re financially well off now without having to sell a single player, and they can make solid signings with hopeful European football because of these signings. Plus they can still sign Barry and Lukaku didn’t rule out a permanent move to Everton if they made the CL when he was asked.

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm . Reply

            Ah but that’s the point a loan like Barry who we have a chance if keeping fair enough but a loan like lukaka forget it like you say he would only stay with Everton if they finish in CL which even though they are not far away truly can’t see then doing that.

  4. Astonb6
    Astonb6 January 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm . Reply

    Let’s send them Hutton over see what they make of that !!

    1. Dave Lee Roth and Lennie Kaye
      Dave Lee Roth and Lennie Kaye January 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm . Reply


  5. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 11:43 am . Reply

    i would rather take a comic word over than metro, didn’t they report elvis was on holiday with E.T maybe not. but why would a top so called prospect wanna come 2 villa, if barcelona was loaning 2 groom him 4 the 1st team, wouldn’t they send him 2 a team that play more on the ground

  6. Colonius81
    Colonius81 January 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm . Reply

    Ya this doesn’t really add up for me. I would imagine its hoolahan or bust at this point. rightly or wrongly.

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