It looks like Tammy’s staying; I’m glad

The news first came out in the Guardian, but it’s also being reported by Skysports and the Beeb, etc, so you’d expect it’s probably correct.
Of course, nothing is certain until it’s certain, is it? It was only yesterday that he was guaranteed to go, after all.

Of course, I’m massively biased in my views, but I do believe this is the right decision for the lad at this current time.
Yannick Bolasie sent a Tweet or an Instagram thingy that asked Tammy not to go with a picture of him having Tammy in a friendly headlock and you get the sense that the striker has got a great rapport with the rest of the Villa players, even though he’s only been with us for a few months.
Couple that with the fact that while I don’t think he’s anywhere near the finished article yet, he’s having a great season thus far.
As I suggested the other day, why would he want to leave?

There are of course, some good reasons though.
He’d be playing at a Premier league club for a start. But Wolves are going quite well and would Tammy be able to get much playing time there? You have to doubt it and substitute would probably be his usual position.

I do think we got a little lucky when Chelsea came out and said that the player wasn’t for sale.
I think that if Chelsea had wanted to sell the player, he’d probably have gone, as he’d have a much better chance of fighting for a place.
As it is, Tammy (or more likely his agent) has decided to opt for the status quo.

It was interesting to see that Abraham apparently didn’t train yesterday. Either he met the Wolves staff and asked for guarantees that weren’t forthcoming or Dean Smith just gave him the day off to have a think about it.
If it was the former, well, it’s to our benefit that we’ve still got him.
If it was the latter, we have a short term legend on our hands.

Either way, this is great news that I’m welcoming with open arms.


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    DSVilla January 12, 2019 at 4:59 pm .

    Wow. I thought we might make this a difficult game but that is a shocking scoreline. We need to turn this around sharpish, but we are lacking in leaders in the team, and clearly miss Grealish badly.

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    Pat 57 January 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm .

    Perhaps a pivotal game – a win and we’d be in 7th and two off the play offs, lose and we’re in 12th and five points off the play offs.

    Looks like another season in the Championship and perhaps that won’t be such a bad thing. There is obviously a lot of work to be done at VP and I don’t want us to get up to the Prem and then get thrashed every game because we’re nowhere near good enough.

    I’m still convinced that Smith is the man to take Villa forward but we all need to have some patience. Otherwise we’ll end up with having a revolving door of managers and that never, ever ends well.

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      Hitchens60 January 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm .

      Fine – as long as we don’t get ‘we’re still only 5 points off play offs’ – that’s a cop out.

      With only half decent form over the last few weeks, we would be in the play off places and today has really f***ed up our goal difference so add another point to the 5.

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      Sidforever January 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm .

      Can’t agree more Pat. It’s just depressive we’re going through this rough patch. I hope Smith and the recruitment team can unearth a couple of great unearthed players. A Platt, Yorke or Bosnich would do.

      Come on you Villa

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    Bill Pearson January 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm .

    Sorry but I cannot see how Smith and Terry can turn us around with players like Whelan Taylor, Bjarnason, shall I go on.? Yes that was the worst game under Smith it looked as if The team was on strike or playing the manager out of a job. What can he do now only bring in loans., I’m afraid we are not going up with that team.

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    nath January 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm .

    its a hard game to single out blame as the whole performance was dire. i thought first half we struggled to pass from A to B and simple passes also. our left flank was a open invitation to attack both taylor and ghazi were poor defensively.

    second half we made changes early but we didn’t improve, we just crumbled more, or wearing claret blue shirt expectation was too much for our feeble players.

    couldnt pick out a villa man of man. i thought we would see a reaction but i didnt see this coming. has smith spoke yet ??

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    nath January 12, 2019 at 5:42 pm .

    smith basically said same we couldnt pass the ball, he mentioned us doing things individually towards the end and i agree with that. we are not a good team in like leeds were last night. i harped on earlier but if anybody watched that game. they tackled derby in twos and threes, also when leeds lost the ball they got it back in seconds, that desire leeds showed was miles of the desire the villa showed today,

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    Jimbo January 12, 2019 at 6:36 pm .

    Have to say smiths honesty is refreshing, no bull just as it was, admitting subs didn’t work, not talking the players up regarding today. Needs changes for next game, Taylor, bree, bjarnason all need dropping, need more energy in defensive midfield which sadly we don’t have unless youth gets a chance

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 12, 2019 at 6:40 pm .

    Have been saying as far back as last years in Prem…if players cant at least give effort i.e. show energy and close down players then after a few games OUT and that means OUT of VP…..even little Burton were still doing this in added time and they were 9 down….

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    Bill Pearson January 12, 2019 at 6:42 pm .

    Just been reading Birmingham live. It says it all, Smith has some explaining to do, mainly over the substitution fans was singing your f#$@kin shit not fit to wear the shirt, they also gave players scores goalkeeper got the most with 6 the rest low scores, Bree, Taylor, and Bjarnason along with Chester.says it all.

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    Hitchens60 January 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm .

    I fear there are massive problems at our club – but I’m completely at a loss to understand what they are.

    Smith has a massive challenge ahead of him – the positive is that I believe we have owners that can (financially) and will back him.

    We need to be realistic – promotion is beyond us this season – it’s now down to Smith to make the right calls to mount a serious and sustainable challenge next season.


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    nath January 12, 2019 at 7:06 pm .

    i was trying to think of our player of the match and i couldnt come up with a reasonable suggestion. our goalie did make some fines stops, his distribution towards the end was shocking, but also the pass backs were too.

    i think its best to draw a line through the game as a write off,we were that poor. the swansea game last week was poor, but swansea forced villa to make mistakes. wigan today were equally poor, until we gifted them confidence and the game.

    i am really shocked and clueless to the solution, its everything today rather than one player or two. havent been this low since the relegation year were we all walked around like zombies in a daze to whats happening to our team

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