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  1. Adam
    Adam January 14, 2015 at 10:12 am . Reply

    Defoe is probably still a top player but that fee and wage is ridiculous. Panic buy I think like us and Bent. More fool them.

    1. GarethVilla
      GarethVilla January 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm . Reply

      In January you should do your best to bring in proven players that can step in straight away rather that somebody that may or may not be any good.
      Sunderland struggle to score goals (sound familiar) and Defoe is a proven goalscorer.

    GIDDYVILLAN January 14, 2015 at 10:43 am . Reply

    Maybe Sunderland are prepared to take a financial gamble on Defoe it’s only for 3 months,but if he delivers then PL survival is achieved???.if not money wasted.

  3. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 11:23 am . Reply

    Here’s that link to ravel Morrison

  4. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 11:24 am . Reply

    Sorry I couldn’t paste the link but the links are from Bham Mail & Talksport utv

  5. Dave67
    Dave67 January 14, 2015 at 11:48 am . Reply

    Is Morrison contract up with West Ham we can get him free, seems to have an attitude problem.

    1. Jay Dee
      Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm . Reply

      Yeh they letting him go on a free was going to Lazio deal has broken down and we have apparently shown an interest utv

  6. Darren
    Darren January 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm . Reply

    I believe West Ham are happy to release him. Lambert couldn’t handle him, I could imagine him knocking Lambert out when Lambert tells him his tactics. If we had a good manager who can manage players it’d be worth a risk, but we have Lambert…..

  7. Darren
    Darren January 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm . Reply

    By the way a welcome to Carles Gil, seen him play once for Elche against Sevilla, from memory he was substituted off late in the game. Looked good and a better attacking talent than anything the Villa have but certainly needs to mature a little.

    Still need two more attacking players this window someone to play central and one on the left and Gil on the right all behind Benteke or even Kozak when he’s back. Sanchez as the DM.

  8. Adam
    Adam January 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm . Reply

    from bham mail – “I’ve enquired about a lot (of other players, too) so we’ll see what happens.

    “If I can bring one or two more in then I will.

    Maybe this Ravel Morrison link isn’t too fabricated. If we could get him on our terms e.g. wages then I think it would be an alright signing. He will at least try and be positive with the ball.

  9. New Regime
    New Regime January 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm . Reply

    Lambert should stick Gil in the middle in the hole imo. Weimann has had a terrible season but does make good runs although a little headless, we need someone pulling the strings from the middle linking all Sanches’s hard work to the front men. If Gil can provide that service I’m sure we start finding some goals. I don’t see the point in sticking him out wide right/left if he can play in the middle as well.

    There is a hell of a lot of pressure on this lad and he hasn’t even kicked a ball yet, I feel for him in that sense. We should try not to scrutinise the lad if he starts slow, he’s already in some fans eyes being dubbed as some sort of saviour for the VIlla and our immedaite season run-in.

    If he clearly ain’t no good though, say hello to the Championship my fellow Villans.

    Could definitely do with at least one more wide man coming in, I thought Sinclair was a good shout personally but I imagine wages are the issue with that one. I haven’t seen enough of this Ravel Morrison to judge but apparently he’s got talent and I’m not a fan of that Jan(howeveryou spell it) fella from United either, he runs and runs and runs…to absoutely nowhere

  10. Darren
    Darren January 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm . Reply

    New Regime, Gil is traditionally a wide player cutting in, however can play in the middle too. I think we should be looking for a out and out number 10 this window, so we allow Gil to do what he does best and have a number 10 to do what they do best also, if we can get someone good on the left also would be nice…

    Imagine a new attack

    Hutton, Baker/Clarke/Senderos, Okore, Cissokho
    Sanchez, Delph
    Gil, New Buy, New Buy

    Wake me up for the Liverpool game, I prefer dreamland

    1. GarethVilla
      GarethVilla January 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm . Reply

      Great article by Mat Kendrick in the Mail – well worth a read.
      Forget who that idiot may or may not sign, who cares?
      He must be given full barrells during Saturday’s defeat to Liverpool.

    2. bencey83
      bencey83 January 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm . Reply

      No Vlaar?

  11. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm . Reply

    Let’s not fantasise that Lambert will be sacked because he won’t.Lerner just forked out for Gil.We want Lambert out brigade inc me will not persuade Lerner to sack him by singing songs.This is a multimillion pound business and Lerner is backing Lambert.Lambert will not be sacked…utv

  12. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm . Reply

    Let’s sing we want Lambert out and I’m sure Lerner will sack him lol very funny isn’t it and unrealistic…Dream over wake up….

  13. Andrew
    Andrew January 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm . Reply

    Rumour going around Tom Fox is set to have a press conference confirming Lambert’s staying as Villa manager no matter what.

    1. nath
      nath January 14, 2015 at 5:28 pm . Reply

      any progress on incomings ???? any new whispers

      1. Andrew
        Andrew January 14, 2015 at 5:34 pm . Reply

        Nope, just that Lambert’s inquired about a host of other players.

        1. nath
          nath January 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm . Reply

          cheers fingers crossed

      2. Andrew
        Andrew January 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm . Reply

        Soccer Sauce on twitter claims we’ve contacted Stoke over a cut-price deal for Huth. Guessing as a replacement for Vlaar.

        Could give a few of the rumours Incog had over the last week but I’m sure by now people never believe him. Which too be fair he tweeted 2 days before any of the usual papers (Metro, Daily Mail, Telegraph) etc wrote about it.

        1. Andrew
          Andrew January 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm . Reply

          wrote about Gil that we made a bid. On the 8th*

        2. Ardent Villain
          Ardent Villain January 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm . Reply


          See Huth has got himself into some ‘social network’ bother – could get an FA sanction; also reading that piece, his injury form is even worse than Vlaar’s.

          Why would we want another crock?

        3. nath
          nath January 14, 2015 at 6:11 pm . Reply

          huth isn’t too bad, but okore baker clark and sendros, i think some more forward thinking mids attackers types. i hope they send back cleverley and get that jamanji from utd sorry about the spelling

          1. Andrew
            Andrew January 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm . Reply

            Seems it could only be for around a million. And with our known defensive injuries, I’m sure we’d definitely need some replacement.

          2. nath
            nath January 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm . Reply

            i could see this, cos losing vlaar your losing a leader. the 4 left arent leaders maybe clark but huth is a leader more vocal

          3. Ardent Villain
            Ardent Villain January 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm . Reply

            Yes, he was decent-enough at Chelsea [sometimes] — but according to that BBC link he’s only managed 3 games this season [so like for like?]

          4. Andrew
            Andrew January 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm . Reply

            He’s been on the bench for the most part, which is why he’d be cheap. He did have a calf injury. Think Stoke prefer Muniesa to him, and now that they have Wollschield he won’t play at all. I have no idea if it’s true but he is decent.

  14. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm . Reply

    Huth is currently being charged by FA for aggravated misconduct

    1. Andrew
      Andrew January 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm . Reply

      For playing a simple game on Twitter. Asking people to guess the gender of people’s pictures.

      1. Jay Dee
        Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm . Reply

        Yeh summat to do with Twitter

  15. nath
    nath January 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm . Reply

    januzaj looks like hes going to spain with david moyes real socidad

    1. Andrew
      Andrew January 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm . Reply

      Canales, Vela and Januzaj along with their Captain Prieto, who I’d have always wanted to see leave Sociedad for Villa, but fantastic he’s stuck with them this whole teamm. While not the marquee team, those 4 together look a frightening, quick and technical talented attack quartet.

  16. steve
    steve January 14, 2015 at 8:09 pm . Reply

    I don’t Grealish will ever get a look in now under lambert.
    we had the best youth set up in europe. Lambert has not used it he has ruined it.
    Buying cheap as opposed to giving our own a proper chance. A crime.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain January 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm . Reply

      Steve – “we had the best youth set up in europe” – how do you reckon that?

      We’ve been hearing about the youth set up for years, but how many products are actually playing, or have played, at any top-level teams in Europe?

      [Cahill the only one??]

      1. steve
        steve January 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm . Reply

        Didn”t we win the next-gen a couple of years ago. Yet not one player has been given a run in the team. Since houllier left not one young player has been given a run in the team. You can not judge a player on one or 2 games.
        e.g. Westwood comes and is played consistently – Gardner / johnson / burke.don”t get a chance. Tonev, helenius, bowery signed before looking at grealish and robinson.
        i”m just fed up of signing cheap players ahead of giving one or two of our own a fair crack of the whip.

        1. nath
          nath January 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm . Reply

          you can turn that argument around saying, if them youth players can’t get into the team because of them rejects. then they aren’t good enough. gardner isn’t getting good reports at brighton, their fans said they cant see the point of him, now hes at forest. johnson is in div 1. grealish shows good touches and did well on loan in div 1, but hes not premiership class as we speak. if villa were doing better and fans were not getting angry at results, manager, performances,,,,, iam sure he would be used more. but no manager would want to over play a young player, in such a bad team lacking confidence.

          1. steve
            steve January 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm . Reply

            I agree. The point I am trying to make is how do you get prem experience. We seem to overlook giving our own free youth a chance in favour of buying cheap foreigners or players from the lower divisions. We can’t score so why not give Robinson a run of games. He won’t do worse than grabby.
            On another note lambert has now got a creative player but for me our forwards are too static and far apart.

          2. nath
            nath January 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm . Reply

            in the current team and situation its had to blood youth. iam sure robinson and grealish will come good and may play for villa for many years. but its not the time to risk ruining a young career before its really begun. robinson i feel was brought back because the club wanted to loan bent out. he was doing very well at preston and was earning good praise from their manager and fans

      2. bencey83
        bencey83 January 14, 2015 at 10:01 pm . Reply

        Yes, Cahill was the only one and we sold him to Bolton for peanuts! Absolute disgrace!

  17. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm . Reply

    We could be bottom 3 very soon depressing stuff

  18. bencey83
    bencey83 January 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm . Reply

    If we were going to sing Defoe, we should have done it ten years ago! But he’s definitely the type of player I think we need alongside Benteke. Can’t see us getting him though. Thought he didn’t want to leave London previously because he enjoyed the party lifestyle too much – are there even any clubs in Sunderland?! Anyway, I’m excited to see what Gil can offer. He looks skillful with a few tricks up his sleeve and likes to go at people – hope he gets a fair crack of the whip! Could be just what we need, but could also take him a while to settle in and adjust to the Premier League. I’m encouraged by this signing, as it shows that Lambert can see where we need improving. If he can just see where his tactics and substitutions need improving we might make some progress!

    1. OriginalLondonLion
      OriginalLondonLion January 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm . Reply

      There are very few Defoe like characters in football which is why the old original still gets talked up. What sets him apart is he thinks 2 moves ahead. As he sees a pass coming in to his strike partner he runs away from his marker to get 8 to 10 yards away and then he runs up to but not beyond the off-side line as his partner plays the ball. If the ball is knocked on he is on to it at least two yards ahead of the defender.

      Lambert has not seen anything that needs doing until long after the fact is written in this blog and others, even his defensive pairing of Clark and Okore came about because they were the last two standing. to give you an example of something he still does not see is that Benteke and Agbonlahor want to play exactly the same role on the same blade of grass.

      1. bencey83
        bencey83 January 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm . Reply

        Yes, this point is very true. He seems to be the last person to realise what our problem is and the only one who can do anything about it!!!

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath January 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm . Reply

          Problem for lerner is if we go down he will lose a dam sight more than £3m. Not only will he lose around £80m sky money he would be lucky to sell the club at what he paid for it. Potentially he could lose hundreds of millions

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