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  1. Naughtius Maximus September 3, 2013 at 11:31 am .

    personally I reckon we’ve done some decent business, we got out targets in early instead of fucking about on deadline day paying over the odds and desperately trying to sign anyone, anyone! a lot of business yesterday smacked of that, arsenal and man utd especially. we’ve unloaded a couple from the wage bill, Ireland and bent and I can already see okore is going to be a good player, how much was he again 30 mil? 20 mil? no? omg how can he possibly play in the prem then? 😉 luna is defo an improvement on Bennett and we’ve got competition for the front line places, admittedly no cm but you cant get what aint there and we aint gonna go spending silly money on just anyone for the sake of it. I imagine we didn’t go for mcarthy because Whelan has put a ridiculous price tag on him, lots of interested clubs, no takers there says it all really.
    no can we get on with the football please 🙂

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm .

      Instead of overpaying for a good midfielder that we need like carthy we overpaid instead on a striker we don’t need called kojak!! Lambert is clueless

  2. Foxy September 3, 2013 at 11:53 am .

    NM – I’m mostly in agreement with you but I can see the midfield being fine, especially now with Delph coming on strong, Westwood improving on last year (hopefully) and competition from KEA, Sylla, Bacuna, Tonev, Bacuna, Gardner and even Helenius and possibly Wiemann for the other midfield spot. Could this be Gardner’s year? Will Herd have a massive breakthrough and get a starting spot? Is Sylla as good as he started to look and can KEA actually break into the team for good? OOHAH – that’s not an invitation for you to just heap negativity on everything (Sky4, Vlaar, Sky4, Vlaar, Lamberk Lerner out).

    The Star is reporting that Arsenal put in a bid yesterday for Benteke but was turned down. Might be complete garbage, might not. Either way we’ve held on to him, Guzan and Wiemann; we’ve put out Bent, Delfouneso and Ireland on loan, with Bannan sold (but unfortunately still have Given and Hutton), and hopefully all their wages off the books; we’ve brought in some players in positions where we were clearly lacking last season (Okore and Luna) and we’ve strengthened elsewhere. No, we’re not going to win the league this season and the owner clearly isn’t going to pump in all his money to try to buy the title, so the team is being built up slowly but surely and I reckon is looking good.

    Not forgetting that Grealish is coming on strong (a hat trick the other night) and both Carruthers and Burke are out on loan hopefully getting some experience in. Donacien also looked good in pre-season, I wonder how long until he goes on loan to a Championship club?

    1. DSVilla September 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm .

      Spot on there Foxy. We’re not world beaters but I am more positive than for a long time. We could be Newcastle fans. they spent zero 🙂

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm .

      Disagree foxy apart from the Okore signing I’m struggling to see where Wev improved we are slightly better than season IMO but that’s it

    3. Guest September 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm .

      Spot on that.

  3. Bill Pearson September 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm .

    Foxy its nice read a positive article for once, ever word you said is spot on, I think I’m the oldest teenager on here but I can see the light in whats going on at our club, other’s just moan and moan giving no belief in Aston Villa efforts to change our plight. Regards.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm .

      Why should we have belief for a club that has consistently struggled for 3 years and is only 14th in the list of spenders this season. The club is a joke until we start buying more established players and holding onto our best ones for a few years we will ever progress above mid table

      1. JimT September 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm .

        But we did try and buy established players. Then we consistently struggled for 3 seasons. Say a lot, that what are considered established players ended up in the bomb squad and were our worse performers recently. Been there, done that, have the relegation battles to prove it.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm .

          They were under a different regime and where put on stupid money and long term contracts by mon and we all know why allegedly but not allowed to say. The point I’m making is someone like Barry would if been a good bit of business to bring along the youngsters and at least he is guaranteed to give a 100%. Even though I don’t like loan deals on this occasion it would make sense as no risk and if he did well at least we would have a chance to keep him.

      2. Andrew September 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm .

        O’Neill bought established players, McLeish bought established players, Houllier bought established players and Lambert bought an established player you absolutely hate and another one you “don’t rate”. For the most part, every established player bought under the first 3, Villa fans wanted gone, for the most part anyways. So why in the world would you trust Lambert again in going for “established players” in which all of these players are having played 3-4-5 seasons despite their young age.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm .

          Read comment above re Barry.

          1. Andrew September 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm .

            I 100% agree Barry would have been a good signing, however he was here before all 4 of the manager’s I mentioned came in. So neither of them still brought in the influential senior players you claim we need. But I more than agree I’d have loved Barry back.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm .

              Fair enough would have liked him to

      3. billys boots September 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm .

        how many league positions do you get for spending most money personally i am glad we haven’t spent a lot that means that our manager is happy with what he sees

  4. JimT September 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm .

    Foxy is bang on. Some people only moan just to be different and feed an ego I believe. Denying facts for the sake of what they believe. Funny how some of these guys have complained a the stupid transfer fees for players between other clubs then bitch when we don’t pay them. The if the tables were turned and we mention other clubs they ‘don’t care what goes on elsewhere’. We’ll be far from a relegation battle this year. I just don’t buy this Lerner being happy just to survive now. How the hell does that make us a commercial prospect to make profit? If that’s all you believe he wants. Sponsors wouldn’t be happy with it either. Makes no sense. We look a lot better and if we keep improving at the rate we have, I can see a fairly decent season moving on to better in the future. I’m happy. Obviously we’re about to be called a sheep etc… and we’ve been brainwashed I bet.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm .

      Sponsers don’t care as long as we are in the prem and we play the sky 4 games which are televised globally. Remember sponsers never pay us anywhere near as much as utd etc so their expectations are lower. There is nothing to suggest Lerner wants the club to challange again either. No one expects us to buy bale etc for £80m but we do expect this club to compete with teams like Southampton and Swansea Ffs

      1. Guest September 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm .

        Do you ever change the record?

        1. BWS September 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm .

          It’s all Vlaars fault, I don’t what is but it absolutely indisputably most definitely is.

          1. Guest September 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm .

            I blame Sky.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm .

              I blame the parents

          2. JimT September 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm .

            Nah, surely its Lamberks and Lerners isn’t it?!!

          3. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm .

            No it’s Dunnes fault 😉

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm .

          Thought u were abducted by aliens 🙂

      2. Andrew September 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm .

        Lol, but we’ve never tried to sign the players Southampton and Swansea have. The only 2 big signings Swansea made were Shelvey who’s not better than what we have and Bony who we don’t need. Then they signed 4 Spanish players you’ve probably never heard of, a young English player for free and a young Cyprus midfielder for free from Olympiakos. The only reason they spent more than Villa was because of Bony, which we have Benteke, other than that, we spent more than them.

        Southampton on the other hand needed a better squad, so what did they do? They spent 40 million Euros on 3 players. Lovren, Wanyama and Osvaldo. That’s what they did. That’s all they did. 3 players who yes are better than what they currently had but like Ozil to Arsenal, will cover the cracks of needing a better squad than just 3 players. Although Wanyama and Schneiderlin are probably the most exciting midfield duo going in the EPL. Just because they spent 40m Euros on 3 players, doesn’t mean they had a good enough transfer window. Hell they had West Bromich Away. Sunderland at home and Norwich away and came up with 1 more point than we did.

        1. JimT September 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm .

          Andrew, you’ve given facts. That’s never going to win an argument around here. Your absolutely right though. Established players weren’t going to improve us and would probably hindered more.

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm .

            Like I said earlier and Andrew agrees is it depends who it is someone like Barry yes so done like Beye absolutely not

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm .

          I still think they have a better squad than us especially in midfield

  5. JimT September 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm .

    But the further up the table we get the more we can demand from them as we will get more televised games, so it makes a lot more sense to move forward. Too much emphasis is on how much we spent. At the end of the day its not money on the pitch it actual players. Some chairmen, agents and players are so greedy that it stands to reason fees are inflated by their ego’s and the price does not represent the quality. We got some promising players in that people in the game have said look like good signings. So what your saying is, just because a team considered smaller than us spent x amount, we should spend more than x amount even if its not on players we need or sustainable. I disagree, the manager should buy players based on what he feel he needs, not on what other clubs are doing. I look at our squad compared to Southampton and I’d take ours over theirs anyday, yet they spent more?? We are going to be absolutely fine. Based on what I’ve actually seen and the way we play, we’ll get more positive results this season.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm .

      But didn’t Southampton finish above us last year?

      1. Andrew September 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm .

        On goal difference, yes they did. Same amount of points however.

      2. JimT September 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm .

        Yes, with the squad they had last year. But this year we look a lot stronger. Showing even spending more doesn’t lead to more quality. Like was said above, how many points do you get for spending more?? Zero!! Its about how the players perform on the pitch, not the pound signs. We’re going up the table, have some faith man. Other wise, if you get your way, Lambert goes, we spend another month looking for a new manager and another 2 seasons in transition for you to complain about that guy not playing the way you want him too. Can you not see the viscous circle you could get us in. Now is the time to back this team, not stand in its way.

  6. BWS September 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm .

    I hear Nigel kennedy’s been on the fiddle.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm .

      Ha ha good one

  7. Naughtius Maximus September 4, 2013 at 7:15 am .

    we were never going to spend all summer and more shipping players like Ireland and bent to reduce the ridiculous wage bill and then go and sign barry on 60+grand a week, that would be clueless!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 4, 2013 at 9:55 am .

      We coukd have got him on loan for one year

  8. Bill Pearson September 4, 2013 at 7:29 am .

    That’s beyond some peoples comprehensive, pretty obvious to some NM.

  9. Naughtius Maximus September 4, 2013 at 11:42 am .

    ‘We coukd have got him on loan for one year’ (barry)
    yes we could of……..at 60k+ a week making him our highest paid player…….a loanee in his mid 30’s………and you say we’ve got no ambition but you think that is a good ambitious move for villa then?

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm .

      On this occasion it would have a good loan deal. He leads by example is a good captain has experience and always gives 100% plus he would bring on players like Westwood who could learn loads from Barry

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