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  1. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum September 3, 2015 at 9:54 am . Reply

    Balloteke was well worth the sacrifice. Apart from the fact we could have got more for Delph, we won’t miss him at all.

  2. KentNielsen77
    KentNielsen77 September 3, 2015 at 11:28 am . Reply

    Really interesting way of looking at the new signings and a good illustration of some of the dross we’ve shipped out. Just need to keep everyone (squad and fans) during the transition period. I feel the future is bright.

    1. KentNielsen77
      KentNielsen77 September 3, 2015 at 11:29 am . Reply

      Meant – keep everyone happy

  3. Ardent Villain
    Ardent Villain September 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm . Reply

    According to the piece in the Birmingham Mail, Sherwood is adamant that he had the ‘final say’ in ALL of the transfers, and will take responsibility for the results.

    With the exception of Benteke, I don’t think any of the players who’ve gone will be missed at all; in fact many of them do, as you say, look like Championship players.

  4. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 September 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm . Reply
    1. pat57
      pat57 September 3, 2015 at 5:39 pm . Reply

      The stats confirm what I already thought. If the rest of the signings can match Amavi and Gana then we will have a team that could beat anyone.

      Honestly think that this break is a real bonus. Tim has had 4 games to look at his new squad and now 2 weeks to work with them.

      Can’t wait for the Leicester match to see what happens


      1. Ardent Villain
        Ardent Villain September 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm . Reply

        These players are just in their very early 20’s – and with plenty of league experience abroad already they could be amazing.

        1. Bum Bum
          Bum Bum September 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm . Reply

          Don’t you almost want to fast forward six months??!!

          1. Ardent Villain
            Ardent Villain September 3, 2015 at 8:36 pm . Reply

            Life’s too short…!

  5. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum September 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm . Reply


    Oh no! Watch out Badger!…But seriously, what a pointless act…(a bit like Lambert looking for another managerial post)…

  6. badger123
    badger123 September 3, 2015 at 9:28 pm . Reply

    Heh, thanks for the concern 🙂

    That’s a good post, Adam, as even though we all knew Sherwood had improved things, when you put it in black and white, it becomes blindingly obvious.
    It’s also obvious how poor our squad was and why we played the same players week in, week out.

    I was gutted about Benteke going, but feel the players we’ve got in have definitely improved us.
    Even though we haven’t had a stunning start and have some tough games coming up, I don’t think for one minute we’ll struggle in the same way we have done recently.

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum September 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm . Reply

      I expected him to go but was gutted at his destination…Champions League football my arse.

  7. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 September 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm . Reply

    Ilori given the No 2 shirt – should we read anything into that?

  8. pat57
    pat57 September 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm . Reply

    Hopefully right back perhaps????

  9. Badger123
    Badger123 September 3, 2015 at 11:25 pm . Reply

    And it might explain how he can be expected to get regular playing time.

  10. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion September 4, 2015 at 12:08 am . Reply

    It is a very exciting time to be a Villan. When I heard TS say he needed a new team to eradicate the losing mentality, I agreed with him but hardly expected him to follow it through.
    Well he has. Thank you TS!

    It would be really optimistic to expect none of them will flop, younger players do so more often and foreigners more often. The task now is to find a style to play to their strengths and disguise their weaknesses. This can only be by trial and error, so we will have to be patient.

    It is goodbye to the automatic pick, though, so TS may shuffle out players who fail to perform quickly which is good.

  11. Darren
    Darren September 4, 2015 at 3:19 am . Reply

    Thought I’d give my two cents regarding Ilori. He is a great prospect, highly regarded, especially after his U21 displays. He has a great ability to read the play and has great technical ability. The main concern for him is his injury issues. The main reason of his limited game time over the past couple of seasons while on loan at Granada and Bordeaux is due to injury. Otherwise he was great for both, when he could get himself on the pitch.

    The positive is it seems he is fully fit right now and has such huge potential. Potentially as much potential as anyone in our squad right now, which is a great thought. If he can stay fit and not be injury prone, we will have one he’ll of a bargain if said potential end of season loan buy option is true.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 4, 2015 at 10:35 am . Reply

      A lot of bin dippers are up in arms about him going to us especially with buy option.

        GIDDYVILLAN September 4, 2015 at 10:42 am . Reply

        If he’s any good by the time the January window comes can’t we snap him up????if he is as good as the scousers think can’t see them selling him.

      2. Darren
        Darren September 4, 2015 at 11:56 am . Reply

        Yeah a lot of their fans are not happy they have basically let him go if we want him. Hope he is the final piece of the puzzle to our defensive woes. But as I said, needs to stay injury free.

  12. Darren
    Darren September 4, 2015 at 3:25 am . Reply
  13. Benno
    Benno September 4, 2015 at 4:22 am . Reply

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what Veretout can do. Of all the players we signed, he seemed to have the most suitors across Europe. If he can step up like Amavi and Gana have, we will have some side.

    Think we will get a result at Leicester.

    GIDDYVILLAN September 4, 2015 at 8:42 am . Reply

    I agree benno I also believe we’ll get something at Leicester,we should by then have traore & grealish back.UTV

  15. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm . Reply

    Giddy I’m like a kid again about Villa, have that impatience feeling and wanting to kick off again as soon as we can, I think we are on the way back and happy days to come, even my 9 and 12 year olds are asking me if they can go to Villa park soon, I’ve said we will take them knowing no disappointing times.

    1. pat57
      pat57 September 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm . Reply


      Feel exactly the same but I’ll still be a little nervous until we get to 40 points. Hope we do it relatively quickly so I can relax towards the end of the season, the last few seasons have been very hard on my nerves!

      Can’t wait to see how they play with Jack, Traore and Gil all available. Might also see the best of Gestede and Ayew then as they should be getting a much better quality service.


  16. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm . Reply

    Pat57 , nerve racking this ,yes team now looks good ,we will be back on top one day mark my words, utv .

  17. little8
    little8 September 4, 2015 at 11:19 pm . Reply

    Speaking to my bin dipping liverpool mates up here on merseyside they really rate Iloris and are slating Rodgers for letting him go .

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