Burton – Villa; So much going on.

Well, I thought the game was going to be the main story of today, but it’s been blown away by the fact that Jack Grealish has signed an extension contract of no less than five years.
Of course this is great news, but I do find myself wondering what’s gone on here?

I’m wondering because the main reason is that there was no reason for Jack to tie himself down like this after Jack signed a five year contract in 2018.
While there’s no doubting that Grealish loves the club, ultimately money talks it’s fair to assume that this means the wage structure has not only been broken, but absolutely smashed to pieces, with some sources suggesting that his new wage will be a cool £125 thousand a week.
In today’s game, it’s about the figure I’d have guessed.

Whatever, this is a great signing for the club and it won’t be bettered in this window.
It’s also a massive sign of commitment on Jack’s part, which makes me wonder who’s promised him what about where the club is heading.

Onto the game then and I’m not sure there’s much to say really.
Watkins and Cash will start along with the usual suspects who will need the game time.
We’ve had some very decent wins in the pre-season friendlies and there’s nothing to suggest that this won’t continue.
Hence I’m confident we’ll win this one, probably by a couple of goals.
No streams that I know of, but I’ll be looking, although I don’t believe anyone has the rights to broadcast it.

And then there’s the transfer speculation, where it seems Martinez is practically all done and Traore has travelled to Denmark to meet Lange and have a medical. The player is supposed to have been in Birmingham for the last couple of days and should sign tomorrow.
This of course begs the question of what on earth is Lange doing in Denmark in the fist place?
You would have to think he’s looking at other deals, probably on cheaper, more unknown players.

And then there’s still strong speculation that we’re in for even more players.
I never think much of the speculation, but given that we’re supposed to have the two players wrapped up, you have to wonder why we haven’t announced them yet.
I’m guessing there’s still at least another one being sorted and the club wants to do a multiple signing announcement.

No doubt we’ll see and it’s exciting times being a Villa fan.


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  1. nath
    nath September 18, 2020 at 8:23 pm .

    have we signed that traore yet ?? can he play in the first prem game

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 September 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm .

      Still think they’re waiting for work permit clearance delayed by COVID!

      However his No 11 shirt has been reassigned by Lyon!

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 September 18, 2020 at 9:06 pm .

        Correction – Depay taking Traore’s No 10 shirt. Apologies for the wrong info.

  2. Originallondonlion
    Originallondonlion September 19, 2020 at 12:50 am .

    Ross Barkley? A ‘minder’. But we haven’t got one, and my view about Citeh is their success is in no small measure due to the fact they always have one. Somebody who will threaten and mean it that if Grealish is kicked off the field his assailant will be spending as long in rehab. Plus the fact that he can play football when needed – but does waste his chances.

  3. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 19, 2020 at 11:08 am .

    Traore signs after receiving work permit.

    Welcome Bertrand

  4. nath
    nath September 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm .

    cheers hitch for posting traore situation. i caught his first interview earlier this evening. i know these interviews they say what they think we want to hear. but i really am getting excited about this season. i don’t know about you guys but i havent felt this excited in years i mean decades ABOUT villa off course.

    new POST guys hitch and badger. how are we feeling about this upcoming season. i would love a poll badger where do we think we will finish.

    personally i am excited and really confident we will be mid table and a good cup run maybe another wembley appearance

  5. nath
    nath September 19, 2020 at 7:59 pm .

    P/S manure lost can we hold a minute silence i mean a minute laughing

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum September 20, 2020 at 11:01 am .

      Nobody is scared of Utd anymore…

  6. Holte66
    Holte66 September 19, 2020 at 8:46 pm .

    Nath, we are already mid table and we haven’t played a game yet!
    Great to see Man Ure losing first game. I thought Palace front line were impressive. It will be interesting to see how we line up on Monday.

  7. Bill Pearson..
    Bill Pearson.. September 20, 2020 at 8:15 am .

    Don’t worry, bottom 3 after two games Westbrom, West ham, Fulham, keep this up and we don’t need to play, we are 10 th at the minute. Yes Nath I’m ready for the off ,I see better times this season .

    1. nath
      nath September 20, 2020 at 8:40 am .

      i agree with your teams down except i would swap hammers for sheff utd
      both selections are good solid trebles

  8. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion September 20, 2020 at 3:07 pm .

    Before our season kicks off, and before we have sight of our new keeper in action. {PS give him 4 games to bed in}. Try listing all the premiership #1 goalkeepers in order of competence. Keep the list until the season end and see how that compares with the final table.
    The current bottom 4 plus Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield United now, are likely to be in the scrap at the bottom. Chelsea and Arsenal’s erratic keepers may drop costly points while Wolves and Leicester’s better keepers may earn them. Palace, like Villa, had to get a better GK than they had last season if they wanted to be out of the danger zone.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain September 20, 2020 at 7:42 pm .

      That’s the most interesting analysis I’ve read in ages!

  9. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum September 21, 2020 at 8:46 am .

    Rudiger from Chelsea on loan anyone???? 4th placed centre back now. Their £71m keeper is hilarious!!!!

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