Leeds on Sunday and Kalinic signing; it’s getting interesting.

So much for FFP then.
As I’ve often suggested, it’s a load of old tripe that you can get around if you have the means.

It is of course a good idea, that is designed to stop clubs going bust, but we’ve seen that there are ways around it, as demonstrated by the likes of the blue mancs, even though it seems they’re being threatened with sanctions.
Yeah, right. Just the same as red manc are in trouble for being close on 1 Billion in debt.

It would seem common sense has prevailed and after the Villa’s discussions with the powers that be, it would also seem that adequate funds have been guaranteed by our owners and we’re clear to spend a few quid.
I do not expect the £5 odd million quid we’ve apparently spent on Kalinic to be our only signing, by a long chalk.
Expect a CB and LB to come in and more, just as we all want.
And no, Grealish will not be leaving to pay for it (yawn).

Kalinic will hopefully be a great signing, given that it seems someone at the club has tracked him since our first interest 3 years ago. But I wonder who that someone might be, given the lack of continuity amongst the coaches?
Did we commit to signing him as soon as he became eligible for us when we first showed interest in him, I wonder?
On the face of it, it would seem so, to me.
Hence, is that a good deal?
Whatever, he probably can’t be worse than Nyland, can he???

Onto the game and I’m hoping I’ll actually be able to watch this, although it’ll be touch and go, depending on what time I finish work.

This is a massive game, to my mind.

If Leeds beat us, I think you’d have to call them as clear favourites to win the league.
They’re the big threat to my mind and we have to pull points back on them, if we’ve any chance of winning the league.
Note the “winning” part.
I still believe we have a chance, as much as that might seem daft at the moment.

Squad news then and it’s a bit early, but Grealish is out. He’s wearing a protective boot.
Adomah is a better bet and he’s trained.
Lansbury won’t be available, although Jedinak might be.

Whatever, this should be a great game.
Bielsa is very similar to Smith in the way he plays, in that Leeds play the high press and go for a high workrate.
That ultimately killed Leeds last season, but won’t affect them this early.

McGinn has to be the pivotal player for us, imo and if he plays well, I suspect we can dominate this one.

I’m going for a 2-1 win, but my brain says it will be a 1-1 draw.

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  1. Hitchens60 December 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm .

    Will lose this now – no risk. We have to improve our defence.

  2. VillaAwayInDiv3 December 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm .

    Now we are in the shit !!

  3. Holte66 December 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm .

    Defence is a nightmare for us. Got to sort it out in January.

  4. Bill Pearson December 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm .

    2-2 we have collapsed we not going to beat Leeds.

  5. Holte66 December 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm .

    Lucky to be not losing at the moment. I would take a draw right now

  6. Bill Pearson December 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm .

    It’s saying something when two 18 year old kids play their hearts out, We don’t use ours, Leeds are the better team on the day.

  7. Pat 57 December 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm .

    Talk about a game of two halves! Agree that we need a steadier defence but I think we’re missing Tuanzebe badly.

  8. DSVilla December 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm .

    Al Ghazi a liability today. We are giving cheap possession away here

  9. VillaAwayInDiv3 December 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm .

    Best team won

  10. Bill Pearson December 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm .

    I knew it stuck out a mile. We need defenders badly first priority for us.

    1. Pat 57 December 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm .

      Yes I think this game has shown exactly where our frailties are. I’d guess that Smith is under no illusion as to what he needs to do in January.

    2. Originallondonlion December 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm .

      Agreed Bill. I just hope the manager – whose Brentford team were let down by their defence – listens to those who know more about that aspect of the game.

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