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  1. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion June 24, 2015 at 11:23 am . Reply

    You have covered all the points well and are right to ignore Hutton’s horror show cameos.
    Cissoko for me was the best at defending, which is the first duty of a FB. Richardson’s last month was outstanding, but he and the club know he can only do one hour, before his groin injury kicks in. It does not help the LB that Villa have the same problem in defending well at RB.

  2. Badger123
    Badger123 June 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm . Reply

    If I had to pick one out of those 3, it’d be Cissokho.
    Like OLL, I like FBs who are proper defenders first and he’s the best of the 3 at defending.
    It seems Sherwood doesn’t rate him though, probably because he’s not so good going forward, which is the modern way.

    I think this is the single position that needs sorting more than any other, as we’ve looked abysmal at times down the left.
    Mind you we’ve looked abysmal down the right too!

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens here, because it’s the same old story.
    We need to spend proper money for a decent left back to actually improve us.
    £2-4 mill players aren’t going to cut it, imo.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm . Reply

      Cissoko is best eft bk we’ve had in ages imo

      1. Badger123
        Badger123 June 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm . Reply

        Blimey, we agree on something 🙂

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath June 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm . Reply

          Lol 🙂

  3. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla June 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm . Reply

    Cissokho should stay….need two full backs who DEFEND….thats how I see it anyway. Full backs who are good offensively are just a bonus, but shouldnt be judged on it. Cissokho is the best LB since Bouma IMO. And I dont recall him being to good going forward!

    1. langfordvilla
      langfordvilla June 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm . Reply

      ‘too good’…..Educated in Brum 🙂

  4. bencey83
    bencey83 June 24, 2015 at 9:52 pm . Reply

    Bouma was much better going forward. With Cissokho at left-back and Richards at right-back, we’d have two solid defenders, which would allow us to play with wingers/flair players out wide to whip crosses in. To be honest, the pair of them could probably do well at centre half! Okore is a beast too. I personally don’t rate Clarke – think he’s a liability, ball watches, gets dragged out of position, doesn’t mark his man tight enough. I’d suggest we need to buy another centre half. Or play Richards in the middle and buy a decent right back.

    1. Badger123
      Badger123 June 24, 2015 at 10:03 pm . Reply

      Good points about Clark, but he’s still one of the best we’ve got.
      Plus he’s still young and can improve.

      Richards apparently will be going in the middle, as part of the reason for him coming to us (it’s his own preferred position).
      At first, I thought this odd, but it makes sense.
      Bacuna plays RB and when he pushes up, Richards covers middle/right.
      Or at least that’s how I see it.

      1. Andrew
        Andrew June 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm . Reply

        Could start playing Sanchez to cover our fullbacks, but i don’t think Sherwood’s a fan of DM’s. Wasn’t at Tottenham either, but then maybe once he starts a season he’ll realize we have a very, very good one that can cover the defense.

        1. Badger123
          Badger123 June 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm . Reply

          Agreed, Sanchez could do that, but it’s asking a lot if you expect him to be an outlet from the defence too (as I do).

          I’m thinking that Sherwood might possibly be looking at 3-5-2 as an option?
          Or as I prefer to call it, 5-3-2.

          But who does the equivalent role of Richards, on the left?

          1. Andrew
            Andrew June 25, 2015 at 12:07 am . Reply

            Possibly, Baker maybe? You thinking Okore central?

            It’s 5-3-2 defensively, 3-5-2 offensively. Seems suitable for Delph to be a Right Wingback. Cissokho isn’t much of a wingback though, more of a fullback straight up.

          2. Andrew
            Andrew June 25, 2015 at 12:08 am . Reply

            Could also be the reason he’s after Ogbonna who can play CB, LB and often plays LCB if he ever plays in a 3 man defense.

  5. B6
    B6 June 25, 2015 at 8:11 am . Reply

    Bergovic doing the rounds this morning. Would be another quality signing following the capture of Micah Richards.

    1. B6
      B6 June 25, 2015 at 8:13 am . Reply


      1. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla June 25, 2015 at 8:31 am . Reply

        Try and spell it correctly first time….your spelling is shambolic 🙂

        1. B6
          B6 June 25, 2015 at 8:42 am . Reply

          Soz. 🙂

          1. langfordvilla
            langfordvilla June 25, 2015 at 9:16 am . Reply

            Thannkks….thattss mucch batter…yur shewwing sygns oof immproovemant. Tryy hand gett itt write lyke i allwayys du 🙂

    2. Andrew
      Andrew June 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm . Reply

      Is he a step up from Guzan though? Going solely on this past season, not at all. Overall yes, but this past season was arguably his worst, but then the same could be said for Guzan, who in all honesty didn’t do a hell of a lot wrong, but then fans turn on a player for one bad game and think every game he has is crap (see Sanchez).

  6. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla June 25, 2015 at 10:50 am . Reply

    So Ray Wilkins joins Villa as assistant. Good move IMO

    1. B6
      B6 June 25, 2015 at 11:00 am . Reply

      Will you be having a “wankfest” over that news Langford?

      1. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla June 25, 2015 at 11:20 am . Reply

        Yes….I’m due one

  7. swampduck
    swampduck June 25, 2015 at 10:51 am . Reply

    ray wilkins just confirmed on sky going to villa

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 25, 2015 at 10:54 am . Reply

      As a player!!!

  8. pat57
    pat57 June 25, 2015 at 11:00 am . Reply

    For all those who have been moaning that Tim hasn’t got enough experience well the new guy more than makes up for that.

    Could be a good move but we’ll see…

  9. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion June 25, 2015 at 11:02 am . Reply

    ” The bells are ringing……” See – they do read this blog in the VP corridors of power! Begovic is the best goalkeeper in the EPL not playing for the top 4. We put him up during the discussions about our current keepers, towards the fag end of last season, but it was not known then that Stoke were ready to promote Buckland.

    Less good news is the appointment of Ray Wilkins. A radio commentator summed him up during his playing days. “The ball is with Wilkins, who passes it square…I don’t really need to tell you that, do I?” Don’t tell me, he will be responsible for midfield creativity.

  10. billys boots
    billys boots June 25, 2015 at 11:04 am . Reply

    not to sure about this appointment it will raise our profile with the cockney press but whenever he has left a club there isn’t that much outpouring of grief and sorrow don’t know if hes disruptive or has favorites

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson June 25, 2015 at 11:39 am . Reply

      Breaking news, Bill Pearson Kit man, now we are on the move.…

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 25, 2015 at 1:03 pm . Reply

      He was sacked at Fulham with McGrath not long ago. He’s got a lot of Personnal problems too. Not sure really will probably do a job not much more

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath June 25, 2015 at 1:08 pm . Reply

        Sacked at Chelsea and qpr too. Prob one step up from Keane

  11. domingo
    domingo June 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm . Reply


    Besiktas have been unable to reach an agreement with the Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar according to LigTV. O FECK DOES THIS MEAN HE WILL BE COMING BACK.
    i hope villa withdraw there contract offer. don’t know anything about ligtv but i hope there wrong.

    1. saddened
      saddened June 25, 2015 at 3:07 pm . Reply

      He wanted to much as a signing on fee, greedy cart horse !

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm . Reply

      Why do we pay the difference anything to get shot of the useless lump

      GIDDYVILLAN June 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm . Reply

      Had a SHITE day this news has just added to it FFS fuck him off

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