John McGinn update and BMH news

I don’t suppose either subjects are massively important, but it’s news anyway, given that we don’t play again until over a week’s time.
Call it me cynically trying to maintain some interest, if you like. Which is basically what it is and I’m not trying to hide it.

So first off John McGinn has spoken to prince William and suggested that he might be ready in six weeks.
Dean Smith seems to confirm that his protective boot is due to come off, so that’s good.
But I personally think six weeks sounds ambitious.
It seems McGinn is a good healer, but even so it sounds a bit of a push.
Six weeks to be running, maybe, but fully up to speed, ready to play? Well, I’m cynical.
And then of course, there’s the mental effect.
Will the injury mean that McGinn won’t go in for tackles the way he used to, as we all know can affect players?

Personally I doubt it.
McGinn reminds me of one of my all time favourite Villa players and another Scot, in Alex Cropley.
He broke his leg twice while at Arsenal and came back just as willing to put the boot in for us. Indeed it was only(!?) his third leg break that finally finished him off.
He was a crafted player, who had an eye for a decent pass, while being tough with it, all while being only slightly built.
I doubt there’s any footage to see, but if there is, you should have a look.

So hurry back John, we massively miss you!

And then there’s a bit of news about Bodymoor Heath, where it seems there’s some good work going on in improving the facilities.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of the place, ever since the club stopped you going and actually watching the players train without an outsized pair of binoculars and I’ve been a constant critic of our academy which never seems to produce much of note (Grealish apart).
But I do appreciate that it’s where the players do most of their work and needs to kept up to date.
I seem to remember that the last time we refurbed it not long ago, it was called state of the art.
But now, it seems that the gym was small and needed extending?
Hmm, it would seem there was some club PR going on at the time and there probably still is.
Whatever, the fact that we’re improving the facility (albeit that the club has had a payout from HS2, which has probably paid for most of it) is to be commended.

Roll on the important stuff, which is the footy eh?


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    n February 12, 2020 at 8:10 pm .

    players like hogan and the kids that are out on loan all need games. when villa had no strikers and played el ghazi up front. that felt like the perfect time to recall hogan. but for reasons we don’t know off, the club decided not too. it will only make sense when the club do explain this decision.

    hogan scoring three in three is great, except its for the blues. but at least if the guy can recapture his form and continue to score goals, we still might be able to demand more of a transfer in the summer for him. green and ohare need games and so does davis. until these players play regularly for a first team at the professional leagues they will never progress.

    ohare has proved himself to be able to look after himself. which was a concern, being he is very slight guy to start off with. look at grealish now against when he first appeared. he has made great steps on his physical side. thou he goes down easily the opposition fans say. if he wanted he could eaily stay up, grealish is really hard to muscle off the ball or rough up. ohare only needs to look at grealish and follow his lead. they both have natural ability to see the game and ability to open up defenses, both can walk through tackles. only question mark for ohare/ and of grealish when he broke through was would they be able to survive the rough and tumble, grealish has worked so hard on that side.

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    Big Fat Ron February 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm .

    A super article that goes into the finer details of what the ‘F’ happened to football. Worth a read.

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    nath February 14, 2020 at 5:21 pm .

    its been as long as summer break since we last played, minus the good weather. i just hope this mini break has energised the group for the final push. maybe they worked on some weaknesses like pressing as one. spuds have been dire most of the season and were lucky to beat us earlier on in the reversed fixture. if we do survive this season,it will boil down to beating premiership clubs like spuds at home. i believe they are beatable thou they have picked up lately, they are not the same team as seasons gone by, but we have to stop giving away silly goals and giving the opposition a lift when they need one. ruthless for 90 minutes and we have enough to beat spuds. home games are where i reckon we will collect the points we need they are all difficult games. but we have run out of excuses, to making every game count esically the home ones

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    Bill Pearson February 14, 2020 at 7:57 pm .

    We’re up against a good manager Nath, I’m banking on with all this talk we’re going down and the fact Grealish is on the move the team fights, up till now I’ve seen nothing to say we’ll be ok. Big mystery about Hogan as you say it will stay that way till someone says something. I live in hope about Sunday’s game , up till now bad luck seems to follow us.

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      nath February 15, 2020 at 7:49 am .

      yeah bill exactly that is all i hope for we fight until the end. we have a fighters chance and that is all you need. its down to us to take what belongs to us and ensure we stay up.

      spuds are a decent team and have better players and manager is not half bad too, but we have enough in our lockers to beat these southern shady drinkers,mourhinho has not brought in his own players yet. so they will not be at his defensively best.

      if i had to wage big money on beating spuds i wouldn’t but if i could wager somebodies money i would slap it down on villa. 2 1 win

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    Big Fat Ron February 14, 2020 at 8:32 pm .

    Citeh out of Europe for 2 years due to FFP ‘fiddling.’ Massive. Could this be the moment that the playing field is levelled? Or am I kidding myself? I’ve asked many times on here what’s the point in having wealthy owners if you can’t use their cash and wondered how clubs like City seem to have surplus cash to spend. Now it’s clear. The big clubs bend the rules to snapping point. Looks like City took it too far. Let’s hope the ruling is upheld and an appeal in the Court of Arbitration doesn’t succeed!

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    Bill Pearson February 14, 2020 at 8:50 pm .

    BaR beat me to it,

    Aston Villa’s Carabao Cup opponents Manchester City have been banned from European competitions for the next two seasons.

    That would mean that any victory in the cup final over Villa at Wembley would not allow City to qualify for the Europa League if the ruling stands.

    The winners of the competition will enter the Europa League next season, while next season’s cup winners will enter the new Europa Conference League. Well that’s opened a can of worms.

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    DSVilla February 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm .

    TBH many on here have used City as an example of twisting FFP and wanted proper investigation and sanctions. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander so we are probably treading on thin ice. I would accept a ban from the Champions League for 2 years right now to draw a line under this 😉

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    Holte66 February 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm .

    All we need now is for Pep to throw his rattle out the pram and walk! Maybe then it might give us hope in a couple of weeks. How many Citeh players will be happy about no European football for a couple of seasons? Add a points deduction for next season and hopefully the wheels will come off their financial charged juggernaut. Well here’s hoping anyway.

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    Holte66 February 14, 2020 at 9:50 pm .

    We might have a helping hand with champions league. Spurs playing Leipzig midweek after our game. Citeh away to Real Madrid midweek before final against us. Also they have FA Cup game away to Sheffield Wednesday midweek after our game. Little things that might take their eye off the ball! Also looking for any advantages to even things out a little.

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    nath February 15, 2020 at 12:25 pm .

    watching football focus even that Alex scott has villa measured up correctly. we basically are awful without the ball. i have moaned endless about this backing off even inside the box.. she mentioned how many shots/chances we concede each games,

    like i said in a earlier post just hope we worked on this in this long break we just had. we are not a bad side on the ball, we just have bad habits without the ball and are to passive and easy to play against. we need to get mean and press even if its not a high press. we need to put some pressure on the ball especially in our half, not allowing the opposition to work in and around our box

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