Well, there’s very little news coming out at the moment, although we do have a bit of speculation that says Ross McCormack wants a move to Sunderland.
It looks like it’s going to be a loan, which annoys me, but at least we’ll be rid of him.
For what it’s worth, I really do hope he gets his head right and comes back invigorated and banging the goals in.
Two hopes though, in my opinion.
Grealish suffered a bleed on his kidney, which means he might be out for the rest of this calendar year, which is a big blow.
Except I very much doubt the story.
Yes, a bleed is bad, but there’s no way he’ll be out for that long.
Kidneys, while not infallible, are very resilient.
They must be, when I consider the way I’ve abused mine for the last forty years!
That’s not being flippant, but he’s a young, very fit lad, so I just don’t see it being the case.
And I’m sorry, Grealish fans, but I don’t think this is any great shakes anyway. I’ve already said that I don’t think he’s suited at the Villa as we are and he should move on, for his own good.
Onto this prediction thing then.
I’ve had a think about how we should play this and it seems to me you either have to call a particular position or you’re allowed a bit of leeway in choosing something like 3 places Eg 4th to 7th.
Which, as it happens, is exactly what I’m thinking.
I know, it’s a bit of a cop-out, as it allows me to craftily say we will or won’t get promoted at the same time.
So, I’ve decided that we should allow a 3 place band, but I’d also ask that you put your neck on the block and emphasise one particular position, hopefully with your reason why.
Which means I’m going to plump for fifth.
The reason being that I think the competition is really strong and I just don’t see us bossing the league the way our squad on paper ought to.
Interestingly, or maybe not, Talksport had an article where a super-computer predicted the final placings and I think Villa were predicted to be fourth.
That’s that guaranteed to be wrong then.
But not too dissimilar to my prediction.
It’s only a bit of fun, as no-one has a crystal ball and anything could happen, but it’ll be interesting to see some of the answers when we look back at the end of the season.
Go on then, place your bets!