Citeh next up in a run of 6 games in 16 days

This is going to be a quick post as I have a lot on my plate at present.

Villa’s first team squad will not have played for 19 days since the 1-2 reverse at United. Bodymoor Heath was only reopened on Sunday and it would seem that not all the first team squad will be fit for selection tomorrow. Whilst the players will be rested they will be lacking match fitness and the after effects of the Covid outbreak.

Whilst Smith is trying to maintain a positive outlook, pointing to our excellent away form as a marker, the reality is that we’re going to be seriously disadvantaged against a team that is looking to secure its sixth straight win in the EPL and that without Aguero.

Our recent record against Citeh is about as atrocious as it can get and whilst OLL makes a valid point about self belief, I share Adams concerns. Having said that, I have no doubt that whatever team Smith is able to put out, they will give their all for the shirt and no fan can ask for more than that.

Before the Brighton game, Badger put up a poll for forecasting the number of points Villa would get from the ensuing 7 games which, with the Newcastle postponement, became 6. We eventually secured 10 points in what was to become an unbeaten December and a MoTM award for Dean Smith. I’m not able to put up a poll but it would be interesting to get your views on how many points we will get from the next 6 games. It’s a tough run of fixtures and I would guess 6 to 9 points would be a decent return.

On the transfer rumour mill – ignoring the obvious lazy journalism – Phil McNulty wrote a piece on the BBC web site this morning claiming that we had opened talks with Marseille over midfielder Morgan Sanson. Now I don’t profess to know anything about him but reports suggest that a number of premier league clubs are interested in him. It would seem his transfer value has dropped from around £25m to £15m and he’s likely to demand a lower wage than say David Brooks from Bournemouth although it’s interesting that Bournemouth have just resigned Jack Wilshire – is Brooks on his way out?

Whatever the reality, with Smith favouring Jacob Ramsey it seems that Hourihane’s days at the club may be numbered.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks.




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    Bill Pearson.. January 23, 2021 at 12:35 pm .

    Just read it Nath, good news that. Now we might see some players up their game,

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    nath January 23, 2021 at 2:13 pm .

    i havent seen anything of that french guy, heard some nice things about him. if anybody has seen him play please divulge. i am really loving villa under smith and new owners. we are not shouting to be heard, we are quietly going about our work. smith has transformed us on the playing side and new owners have brought some professionalism behind the scenes.

    we are not over spending too, this player has a much higher market fee than we paid, now that is savvy. lower we pay and higher we sell makes for a bigger net profit.

    we keep introducing more quality with every signing and that makes me happy. the future is bright the future is going to be claret and blue

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