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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    Ardent Villain September 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm . Reply

    Badger, it’s live on Sky Sports

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    Ardent Villain September 15, 2020 at 7:09 pm . Reply

    I can well believe the £125k/week that’s being quoted; ignoring the general subject of what football players (& other sports-people) earn, I’d suggest that even that figure is a lot less than Grealish would be offered at (say-) ManU, or Chelsea, etc.

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    Tom September 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm . Reply

    It’s going to be a long season!

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    Holte66 September 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm . Reply

    Nothing like Villa to bring us back down to earth. I knew the day was going too well! Still plenty of time though.

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    Hitchens60 September 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm . Reply

    Ramsey looks a real prospect though

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    Hitchens60 September 15, 2020 at 8:25 pm . Reply

    Watkins – good goal – ball from Grealish class and good run / cross by Taylor

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    Holte66 September 15, 2020 at 8:38 pm . Reply

    Apart from the first couple of minutes we have done reasonably well. Grealish is a class apart and Watkins has shown more striker instincts in 45 minutes than Samatta and Wesley combined last season. Nakamba and Ramsey both doing well too. I appreciate it’s Burton and we are expected to win but we haven’t got McGinn or Luiz to name just two.

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    Bum Bum September 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm . Reply

    1 goal to the good for Ollie. 17 to go to reach my 18 goal prediction!

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