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    Bum Bum July 31, 2020 at 11:25 am . Reply

    Thing is, if we’re looking to poach genuinely decent proven players from other clubs, the Sky 6 will already be in there with offers of £50m+. Currently the best we can hope for is those who haven’t quite broken into regular first team squads at the ‘Top6’ like Luiz and hope they come good. We certainly don’t want to get stuck with another Djemba-Djemba scenario.
    Even if we got £80m for Jack, does 4 x £20m make us a better team? McGinn was a steal and has been valued at over £50m, so who in our squad is accurately valued at £20m?

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    Hitchens60 July 31, 2020 at 2:55 pm . Reply

    Badger, I’m not in favour of selling our three best players to fund investment in the team. That smells of yet another rebuild – we need to build on what we already have. Not sure we have to worry though – attached link includes a very positive statement of intent from our owners.


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      Hitchens60 July 31, 2020 at 2:57 pm . Reply

      And with Sawiris / Edens it’s not just hot air unlike our previous two owners who were big on rhetoric and short on actually delivering anything.

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    Bum Bum July 31, 2020 at 6:49 pm . Reply

    I’m gonna be brave and say all 3 will stay.
    Danny Mills point about whick club would he fit into is a good one. Liverpool, Citehaand ManU have players already. Spuds can’t afford him. Chelsea?????
    If we can justify the same spend as last year along with players that may just start to bed in, things may work out.

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    Benno August 1, 2020 at 12:31 am . Reply

    I could see Reina getting another short term deal…,maybe until xmas, just until Heaton and Steer are fully fit.

    Defensively, Elmo and Taylor are decent back up players and do the job when asked to. Im not convinced about Engels, but Konsa and Mings seem to be starting a good partnership.

    In midfield, Hourihane cant be a starter. Either we set out to play Jack at no.10 (if he stays) or we look at buying another quality AM.

    Its up top we need to spend the money. I would jump at the chance at offloading any of our wingers and Samatta to be honest. I really like the look of Benrahama and Watkins if Brentford dont beat Fulham. Although the need for Bournemouth and Watford to sell makes their players look very interesting too.

    Whatever happens though I will be happy…as can you imagine what would have happened to our squad if we went down….?!!!

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    nath August 1, 2020 at 7:01 am . Reply

    it will be interesting to watch us this off season, smith knows exactly what we need or what we lack. i don’t think we are too far away from a good solid premiership club again. imo we need more depth of squad and a few more players that can carry the ball forwards past their markers. we struggled early in season doing that. which was why jack dropped deep to get ball. but mcginn and luiz back we looked better.

    ball carries are important when teams are well matched or defending deep and compact. we had to commit too many forwards to open teams like that up early in season. then we risked too much and conceded too many goals and chances over committing. after covid our balance was much better. we had luiz and mcginn who both carry the ball well and this helped to keep jack further up field,

    if we were more potent in the forwards area we wouldnt need to over committ as much and all the time. so this i think will be the area smith addresses. el ghazi and trez need too improve or moved on. wingers job is to supply /create but they rarely managed this. they were poor at carrying the ball too. maybe they need time. but i would definitely add two players who will compete with these two for starting roles, maybe the added competition will lead to better showings.

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    Bill Pearson.. August 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm . Reply

    Nath, I’ll go along with that, I’ve been a big critic of Smith over the last part of our season but God knows what he might have had to put up with, now with Suso gone I’m ready to give him the benefit of doubt and play it has he sees it. I don’t think we will lose our best lads money don’t come in to it with our owners, they didn’t become millionaires walking away, I see Villa becoming the club we all want we won’t struggle again like this season and all it needs is better luck and not like we’ve had of late. I’m ready to support my club ..

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    Hitchens60 August 1, 2020 at 5:38 pm . Reply

    Here’s a goalkeeping link. Also a comment about our U23’s GK might explain why we let Sarkic go. OLL – what do you think?


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    Bum Bum August 1, 2020 at 5:58 pm . Reply

    Can we have Bale please? Even Christian Bale will suffice… Cuz he’s Batman!!!

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    Hitchens60 August 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm . Reply


    This is a longish article about Lange and Villa’s strategy for the future under his role as Sporting Director – but it’s well worth a read – which is not always the case with the Brum Mail.

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