Roll on the football season!

Apologies.
I didn’t realise that comments had closed on the previous article. The site does that because old posts attract lots of spam and it’s just more work for me having to get rid of it.

The truth is I don’t really have much to say, but thought some of you might like somewhere you can continue to comment to each other, if you haven’t forgotten about the site that is.

You all know that I’m not in the slightest bit interested in speculation about who we might sign and it’s a view backed up by Smith-Rowe having signed a new contract with Arsenal after our signing him was in the bag.
Likewise, Grealish was a cert to move to Citeh and while I guess he still might, my opinion says it’s looking less likely. That’s after even I fell into the trap of posting that it was a done deal.

What is factual is that we beat Walsall last night either 4-0 or 4-1. I genuinely don’t know because I couldn’t even be bothered to read about it. Friendly results mean nothing to me after Villa players looking poor in pre-season, the year we won the league!
Am I just a tight git, or am I correct in saying watching the game on VillaTV for a fiver is bloody expensive?
I can understand a fiver if you’re going to watch at the ground, but…
Anyway, I actually found a site that was streaming it and started to watch it. Until every time I went fullscreen I was bombarded with adverts. I turned it off after a few minutes.

Buendia seems a great signing. I wasn’t at all convinced about us signing Ashley Young, but my son-in-law(ish) has convinced me that his versatilty will prove to be a big plus. It’s a very good point and apparently he looked the part last night. From the little I’ve read about his signing, he jumped at the chance to come back to Villa and didn’t want to go anywhere else. We also apparently aren’t paying him a massive wage.
The cynic in me wonders if he still owns a house around here, meaning the move doesn’t disturb much for him.
I think a big part of me was annoyed that he left us, but along with Barry, Delph and others, I don’t suppose you can’t blame him.
I’ll wish him luck. He does now play for us again, after all.

Elsewhere, we’re going to sign the world, as per usual.

August the 14th can’t come quick enough.

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  1. Bill Pearson..
    Bill Pearson.. July 31, 2021 at 2:29 pm .

    Do you all realizes, if Grealish said I’m staying !! How much an icon he would be to the club, he would would be in Villa’s history forevermore , that in its self would be history to our club. JUST A THOUGHT. or does money mean everything.

  2. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 July 31, 2021 at 4:08 pm .

    Villa have announced they have reached agreement on the transfer of Leon Bailey from Leverkusen subject to a medical.

    Of course Sky are interpreting this as meaning Grealish is leaving the club!

  3. Tom
    Tom July 31, 2021 at 5:33 pm .

    I’ve seen it before and I have a feeling we will see it again.
    If Grealish is to leave who in our current team will step up? When I say step up, I mean feel responsible and take ownership of villas attack. Sometimes big players leaving takes the shackles of the most unexpected. I have a funny feel Ramsey could win a few doubters.
    As fans we just have to turn this saga into a positive and 100 mill through the books at villa could just give us a leg up.
    I think is fair to say another mid table finish this season to give this (almost) new look team some time to gel is a good season. At least our defence appears to remain familiar and with decent back up to call up on.

  4. Sidforever
    Sidforever July 31, 2021 at 6:16 pm .

    Badger, Hutchins and Tom

    It’s U2 – ‘With or without you’ regarding Jack!

    With Jack, Bailey and Buendia we are two players stronger than last season over Barkley and a Trezeguet/ El Ghazi combination. That will allow us to challenge top 6. My faith is based on Lange’s excellent talent spotting to date.

    Without Jack, Bailey and Buendia are plus two on last year. Then it comes down to Sanson, Ramsey, Chuckwuemeka or McGinn stepping up. Or a new buy out if £100m.

    If one of the above steps up and operates at above Premiership average, then we are making a big step forward. Moreover, there will now be the opportunity to attack down the right, middle and left, whereas last year it was predominately Jack down the left. Then we are a better side.

    With my heart, I really hope Jack stays. In my life time my top 4 Villa players are Gary Shaw, Gordon Cowans, Paul McGrath and Jack Grealish. If only he would stay and help propel Villa to the heights he and we have always dreamed of!

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 July 31, 2021 at 7:34 pm .

      Sid, if Grealish goes – and Ashley Preece is saying the Grealish camp is split and he’s backing Grealish to stay – then expect NSWE to invest the £100m in a couple of top class signings in addition to those already done / announced.

      Have NSWE pushed the Bailey deal to prove to JG their ambition? Rather than Sky’s take that he’s replacing him?

      Why, having signed up to NSWE’s Villa project 10 months ago, is Grealish now thinking of abandoning it? Has he had his head turned (tapped up) at Euro 2020 and what part did Southgate play? How can a player valued at £100m and recognised as a game changer not get a start in so many games?

      Questions on a postcard to Gareth Southgate.

  5. steve
    steve July 31, 2021 at 7:54 pm .

    In my opinion villa have to replace 4 players anyway from last years squad to strengthen and thats ignoring whatever to grealish.
    Barclay, trezeguet, el ghazi, engels
    Replaced by
    Buendia, bailey plus 2
    I also think we need a DM.
    So i don’t believe buendia and bailey were ever intended to repace grealish.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 July 31, 2021 at 9:37 pm .

      Steve, my moneys on a loan move for Tuanzebe as the replacement for Engels. Would make massive sense and might, ultimately, lead to a permanent transfer.

      With Bailey coming in, it’s odds on El Ghazi will move on and it’s being reported Villa want £15m for him. I like El Ghazi but he lacks the consistency of performance at the level we’re aspiring to reach.

  6. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron July 31, 2021 at 9:21 pm .

    Completely random: if anyone thought Mike Dean was an attention seeking theatrical referee, Google Roger Kirkpatrick from the 70s. That is, of course, if you have nothing better to do!

    p,s. Don’t leave, Jack! F*** off City!

    1. OLL again
      OLL again July 31, 2021 at 9:31 pm .

      I liked Roger Kirkpatrick. He refereed with a smile on his face, which defused many player flare ups before they got started. Not that I keep a list of great English referees, but he would feature if I started.

      My absolute #1 voodoo doll would be David Elleray, still infecting FA refereeing today. Incompetent, biased, self deluding and self important – an awful referee!.

  7. Holte
    Holte August 1, 2021 at 10:04 am .

    After watching Nakamba in the games he featured in towards the end of last season and in the friendlies so far, I think he would be one of the first names on the team sheet. McGinn looks really hungry too. Add to that Luiz has forced his way into the Brazil team, then we have a good trio to pick from. Buendia can play the No 10 role and we also have Sanson, Ramsey and Chukwuemeka all pushing for midfield roles. This has me questioning whether we need any more midfield players. Cantwell or JWP will add quality but I would think a couple of players will be struggling to get first team games so will either be sold or go out on loan.
    I think we most need a striker who can offer the same qualities that Watkins has, which is pressing and putting the ball in the net. Definitely not Wesley or Davis. If El Ghazi goes we will need back up for LW, assuming Grealish is going. We also need a replacement for Engels as a right footed CB.

    1. steve
      steve August 1, 2021 at 10:30 am .

      I like nakamba. He needs a run of games. I also saw something on youtube saying bailey is a free kick specialist. If so do we need JWP.
      I think we will find out about Grealish sometime today. I think the club have been quite clever in accepting the £100m which is a massive fee for somebody as good as is but injury prone. But by saying we want you stay but its your call his decision is his alone. He has been going OTT this last year on how much he loves the villa. So hopefully he will see the owners project through. But i doubt it. I think rubbing shoulders at england camp has gone to his head. I hope i’m wrong.

  8. Roy Bracy
    Roy Bracy August 1, 2021 at 3:30 pm .

    Hi not been on for a while family health problems plus fed up about all this grealish talk.
    I think he’s been sold at end of last season. That’s why not been in the side at the end they said he not quite fit enough. They couldn’t play him because they had instructions from man.c also I think that’s why he was not picked much for England as well.
    I think the West ham match was what decided the management that team’s had worked out how to stop him and he was unable to respond.
    We have some talent coming through and by selling grealish it makes room to come through.

    Remember these owners are business men and have to balance the books at some point.
    Plus whatever is wrong with his shin’s maybe has something to do with it and the decision was if enough money was on the table they would take it.
    Also been clever and putting the decision on grealish if he goes.

    I think villa will be better as a TEAM without him.
    Sorry it’s long post

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 August 1, 2021 at 4:52 pm .

      No need to apologise Roy.

      Interesting take on the Grealish saga. Pretty sure we’ll know within a couple of days one way or ‘t’other.

      Hope your family are recovered.

  9. Roy Bracy
    Roy Bracy August 1, 2021 at 6:48 pm .

    Thanks hitchens60 by the way he was my favourite player back in the day.
    Wife halfway through chemotherapy and doing well so far apart from being bald but that’s ok in this heat😂
    Definitely think when grealish signed his contract he had a clause put in that if it was triggered he could leave.
    Otherwise why haven’t villa refused and demanded more?
    Trouble with grealish is everything has to go through him well if he’s no longer there then it’s all 11 players involved in. Look at the Saunders team it was a collective effort everyone playing for each other.

    But I do think that there should be a monopoly commission investigation into how one team can buy all the best players and so guarantee success without anyone else able to challenge them.
    Where is the fair competition here?

    I’m getting very annoyed with the situation in the premier League now it’s just the same team’s winning all the time.
    In fact the top six is as before,no point anyone else trying fed up with football now 👀😠

    1. WARRIOR
      WARRIOR August 1, 2021 at 7:52 pm .

      Goodbye JG enjoy your stated £360.000 a week at man city but I wish you well you did us proud a loyal servant in a Villa strip so goodbye good luck hope your dodgy shins hold up VTID AVFC

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 August 1, 2021 at 9:26 pm .

        Warrior – No idea whether these numbers are true or media fantasy but if Grealish goes purely for cash then he’s not the player I thought he was.

        Let’s wait and see – Villa have neither accepted nor rejected the offer – I think we can safely assume it is £100m.

        Villa’s response will be decided by Jack Grealish alone. Either he wants to buy into our owners vision or he doesn’t.

        Grealish is a brilliant footballer but our owners are experienced and canny businessmen; can only admire their strategy. Seems to me it’s a win, win for them and the club.

        UTV

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